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Would You Drink Yak Butter Tea?

When I was in Tibet last year, one of the things we tried was yak butter tea. Popular in Tibet and southwestern China, this drink is made from tea, yak butter, and salt. It's very warming, and according to tradition, your cup (or bowl) is constantly refilled and never empty.

Unfortunately, I found it to be quite strong and incredibly salty, with barely any hint of tea. I was trying to figure out how not to get more added to my glass. It was more like salty butter soup, and I — the girl who can eat just about anything — had to force myself to drink it. I should mention that my guidebook actually said it was one of the most revolting things they'd ever had.

I could see where it might be amazingly tasty if you were in a cold wind on a Himalayan mountain top because the fat coating would be quite soothing. However, at a regular cafe, it wasn't quite so nice.

So tell me, would you try yak butter tea, or would you steer away?

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Advah Advah 7 years
Well at the moment any type of butter or milk made me sick, but I'd still be up for trying that!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Sounds absolutely disgusting. I don't think I'd ever be able to get it past my lips. I have a feeling Paula Deen might like it though...she's all about butter in all forms.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
So not a butter person...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'll have to pass on that one - it's salty tea and that's just not yummy sounding and i usually don't like to have milk/butter in my tea either.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
If I was a guest in someone's home I would drink it, but I don't think I would order it at a restaurant.
Lambsauce Lambsauce 8 years
It sounded pretty good to me until I read your description of what it was like... blech. I'd try it, of course, but I am not a huge fan of getting my mouth coated in fat... I don't think I'd be able to shake the feeling that I was drinking liquified fat. Shudder.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I'll try just about anything once. :D
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
ick... I love salt, but I don't wanna drink butter..
randomname12345 randomname12345 8 years
I had plenty of yak butter tea, yak meat, and yak butter during a trip to Tibet. Yak meat is quite nice -- gamey like lamb, but very "stringy". But I never developed a liking for yak butter or yak butter tea. To me it smells & tastes extremely gamey and oily.
verily verily 8 years
Why not?! It doesn't sound all that bad.
lolococo lolococo 8 years
I saw this on a special on TV once and have always wanted to try it...
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Sure. :)
Skinny1 Skinny1 8 years
Actually a thing like that would do wonders for sore throat! It is heavy and odd taste, but something like that (really warm milk + lard) is used around the world as home-made aid for heavy laryngitis.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
no thank you!
mlen mlen 8 years
i love salt but not in my drinks- i even take my margaritas unsalted lol so i'm not sure i'd want a salty tea of any flavor!
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
I'd try it. At least a sip, if nothing else.
dolceproserpine dolceproserpine 8 years
I'd love to try it. It sounds yummy!
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
No way!
vmruby vmruby 8 years
No....
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'd try at least a sip.
nancita nancita 8 years
I am normally up for anything, but I can only tolerate intense butter flavor in small doses, and this does not sound like a small dose. :)
onion-waffle onion-waffle 8 years
You must have had a bad kind! There was a Tibetan restaurant near my college on the East Coast, and my friends and I would brave the long walk in the snow for a hot cup of butter tea. Theirs was excellent, and you could actually TASTE the black tea. Sucks that you had a bad cup! That does sound awful.
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