Impressively Sweet and Delicious Lemon Tea You Can Buy in Hong Kong

Hello there.

I’ve been living in Hong Kong for a little over a year now. I’ve tried various drinks available in supermarkets.

There are also drinks available here, like Pocari Sweat and Coca-Cola, which are sold in Japan. However, there are also drinks from China and Hong Kong that you don’t see much in Japan.

Among them, there are many tea-related drinks in Hong Kong, and they often have a different taste compared to those in Japan, with a good balance of flavors.

This time, I will introduce my favorite drinks that I have found during my one-year stay in Hong Kong.


Lemon Tea VLT

What I’m introducing this time is this lemon tea called VLT. I had hardly seen it when I was living in Japan.

Lemon Tea VLT (Vietnamese Lemon Tea) sold in Hong Kong is a popular beverage known for its refreshing flavor and unique tartness. As the name suggests, this tea is made based on a Vietnamese-style recipe, combining fresh lemon juice and sugar to perfection.

Lemon Tea VLT is available in many eateries and stalls across Hong Kong and is widely loved by locals and tourists alike. This beverage is especially suitable for hot seasons, quenching thirst and serving as a refreshing choice.

Features of Lemon Tea VLT

Lemon Tea VLT has a strong lemon flavor and sweetness, offering a bold taste.

Speaking of readily available lemon tea in Japan, it’s quite different from the subtly lemon-flavored and sweet taste of Afternoon Tea.

The main features of Lemon Tea VLT are as follows:

  1. Vietnamese Recipe: Lemon Tea VLT is made using a traditional Vietnamese recipe, which gives it its unique flavor.
  2. Fresh Lemon Juice: This drink uses fresh lemon juice, providing a refreshing taste with maintained freshness.
  3. Sugar Balance: Lemon Tea VLT strikes a perfect balance between moderate sugar sweetness and lemon’s tartness, making it easy to drink.
  4. Refreshing: Perfect for Hong Kong’s hot climate, it quenches thirst and serves as an ideal refreshment.
  5. Popular in Hong Kong: Widely available in Hong Kong’s eateries and stalls, it has received high praise from locals and tourists alike.
  6. Rich Taste: With a smooth texture and distinctive flavor, it offers a new experience with each sip.
  7. Caffeine-Free: Lemon Tea VLT is caffeine-free, allowing you to enjoy it without worry.
  8. Healthy Option: Containing vitamin C from lemons and fresh ingredients, it’s a popular healthy choice.
  9. Variety: It comes in various flavors, including options like strawberry and passion fruit, in addition to the classic lemon flavor.
  10. Readily Available: You can easily purchase it in Hong Kong’s supermarkets and restaurants, making it convenient to enjoy whenever you want.

Thanks to these features, Lemon Tea VLT has become a popular beverage loved by many in Hong Kong.

Vietnamese-Style Recipe for Lemon Tea VLT

The Vietnamese Lemon Tea (VLT) recipe offers a refreshing and sweet-sour taste, featuring fresh lemon juice and sugar as its base. Below is a detailed recipe for creating this delightful beverage.

Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup of ice water
  • Black or red tea tea bags (optional)
  • Mint leaves (for decoration)


  1. Wash the lemon and thoroughly dry it. This helps extract the fragrance from the lemon peel.
  2. Finely grate the lemon peel and squeeze out the lemon juice, setting aside the juice.
  3. Place the lemon juice in a bowl and add sugar. You can adjust the sugar amount to your liking, but typically, 2-3 tablespoons are used. At this stage, mix the sugar well to ensure complete dissolution.
  4. Pour ice water into a cup and, if desired, add tea bags to brew black or red tea. You can adjust the type and strength of the tea to your preference.
  5. Pour the contents of the bowl containing lemon juice and sugar into the brewed tea. Stir well to ensure the sugar completely dissolves.
  6. Fill the cup with plenty of ice and pour in the prepared Vietnamese Lemon Tea (VLT).
  7. Finally, garnish the top with mint leaves for an appealing visual touch.

This Vietnamese-style lemon tea is perfect for hot days, offering a harmonious blend of lemon’s acidity and sweetness, resulting in a refreshing and revitalizing drink. You can easily make it at home, so be sure to give it a try.



In this article, we introduced the highly popular Lemon Tea VLT from Hong Kong.

If you’ve only ever had lemon tea in Japan, you’re in for a surprise. My son loves it and often enjoys it as a snack.

It’s incredibly delicious, so be sure to give it a try.


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