This weekend, for our taste of China, we thought we'd try out something less traditional - something trendy and popular: Happy Lemon's Cocoa with Rock Salt & Cheese.
|Happy Lemon's Cocoa with Rock Salt & Cheese|
Photo Credit: Rachel Alcantara
Happy Lemon is a fast food like drink spot that originated in Hong Kong, and is now found throughout China, and different parts of Asia. It's very popular, with people lining up for their drinks, and in particular, the cocoa drink with its famous salty cheese topping.
Some friends were coming over (with Cantonese red bean buns), and we thought we'd try it out with them, one of whom is a chocolate milk devotee - there is in fact a section in his fridge devoted to chocolate milk, and he is gifted gallons of the stuff for his birthday every year. We had to have a purist try out this concoction!
Cocoa with Rock Salt & Cheese
Adapted from Pepper Ph
- Chocolate Milk
- 1\3 cup, whipping cream, chilled
- 1\2 cup cream cheese spread, at room temperature
- 1\4 cup sweetened condensed milk, chilled
- Himalayan pink rock salt (we used fleur de sel, because we had it on hand, and it's a large grain salt we've used as a topping for desserts in the past)
*I didn't notice the serving suggestion of 2-3 and made this recipe for 6 - I think more topping would have been better.
Pour chocolate milk into glasses at about halfway, then put enough ice to bring it up to fill the glass 3\4 full. Do this before making the topping, as the intent is to have the milk slightly watered down.
Whip the whipping cream until it is the consistency of thick syrup - keep an eye on it - you don't want fully whipped cream. Add the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, and whip until smooth and creamy.
Add 2-3 spoonfuls of cream topping to your chocolate milk. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with a spoon, and enjoy!
The consensus:great drink! The bite of salt complements the sweetness of the cheese topping and cocoa; the creaminess of the topping makes the chocolate milk a delicious, decadent and filling treat.
Our friend was worried that this topping would ruin his chocolate milk - and was quite surprised to find himself loving it. We'll definitely be making, and enjoying, this again!