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Cheese Tea Is The Latest Food Trend Baffling Everyone’s Taste Buds

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

Cheese is almost indisputably everyone’s favorite food group. There’s not much out there that isn’t made better by adding a little cheese to it.

After all, what is a juicy burger without cheese? And I know I wasn’t the only kid who used to only eat the cheese off her pizza. Plus, cheesecake proves the wonderful dairy product doesn’t always have to be savory.

These days, you’re more likely to find me enjoying a cheese plate with seasonal fruits (pretending to be sophisticated). In reality, I just really love cheese — and I know I’m not alone in my love for it.

As amazing as cheese might be, no food is perfectly compatible with everything. For instance, you wouldn’t mix cheese and tea together, would you?

The Food Network explains that cheese tea is actually a real food trend that has become quite popular in Asian markets over the past few years. Like many trends, this one is making its way to new continents.

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Most of us have probably been eating cheese for as long we can remember without really stopping to think about how it’s made.

Dairy Good explains that cheese is made through a process involving the “good bacteria” in the dairy. This causes the substance to gel and make what we know as cheese.

Now that we know where cheese come from, what’s the deal with cheese tea?

Extra Crispy says that cheese tea is a “cheese-topped” tea that was originally sold on the street in Taiwan and made its way into trendy tea shops all over the rest of Asia.

Before you start cringing at the thought of cheesy tea, it’s important to distinguish what kind of cheese is being used for these drinks.

It isn’t cheddar or provolone, but rather a whipped cheese that we would compare to cream cheese.

Moreover, the “cheese” is typically used as a topping — like whipped cream — rather than as a base for the drink.

As you can see, plenty of fans ask for an extra scoop while ordering these to sip on.

The trendy drink could be compared to matcha lattes, bubble tea, or a Frappuccino from Starbucks.

Like the aforementioned drinks, cheese tea is becoming available at select locations right here in the US.

Of course, one of the obvious concerns about this cheese tea trend is that the cheese will curdle and create a less than appetizing-looking beverage, like this one.

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This concern is completely valid. In fact, even adding the more common milk to tea can actually impede digestion.

BBC explains that tea’s health benefits aren’t properly digested when it is combined with dairy, because the latter’s proteins block the effect.

This new drink is likely an example of a digestive specialist’s worst nightmare.

Combined with the tea and the acidic lemon, the cheese has the potential to wreak havoc on your tummy.

As gross as most cheese tea drinks seem to me, I have to admit that this example is too pretty not to at least try.

Not to mention — the “créme brûlée cheese cream” does sound pretty delicious.

 

But for now, I will stick to what I know, like this grilled cheese I wish I were eating right now.

Would you try cheese tea?

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