A cuppa not to be forgotten
We should promote the skill of making milk tea which is not easy. If you want the cuppa to be tasty, you should pay attention to the ratio of milk and tea.
Because of the influence of foreign culture, people like to eat fast food such as hamburgers and French fries these days. Also, Hongkongers lead a hectic lifestyle. This means they don't have time to sit down in a restaurant or at a sidewalk cafe to have a cup of milk tea. Even if they do, they will quickly drink it without paying any attention to the taste so they can get on with their work.
With many young people not interested in making milk tea, this 'art' could disappear within a few years.
Hence, this is a good time to promote the skills of making milk tea by organising talks and competitions.
If we don't, one of Hong Kong's most enduring traditions could be lost forever.
Joey Leung Sze-ching, Leung Shek Chee College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Joey. Food and drink are more than just ways to stay alive. They are important aspects of a country's culture.
Traditional foods tell historians a lot about a country's past, development and society. The ingredients, cooking methods and how people ate the food also reveal a nation's rituals and customs.
But modern life often means that we abandon traditions, and sadly, one of the easiest to forget is food. Fast food is popular the world over, as are canned and carton drinks, and they make life easier for us.
But we shouldn't forget the importance of enjoying and appreciating food traditions. Organisations like the Slow Food movement encourage people to preserve traditional food and enjoy 'real' meals.
Of course we don't always have time to roast a pig or make real milk tea. But we should make the time to appreciate our culture, and learn about the traditions of others.
Karly, Deputy Editor