Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thai iced tea - Thai ชาเย็น
Thai iced tea or "cha-yen" (Thai: ชาเย็น) when ordered in Thailand, is a drink made from strongly-brewed black tea ("red tea" in East Asia). Other ingredients may include added star anise, tamarind or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated or whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance. However, in Thailand, evaporated milk and the tea are mixed before serving and topped with more milk. Locally, it is served in a traditional tall glass and when ordered take-out, it is poured over the crushed ice in a clear (or translucent) plastic bag. It can also be made into a frappé at more westernised vendors.
It is popular in Southeast Asia and in many American restaurants that serve Thai food, especially on the West Coast. Although Thai tea is not the same as bubble tea, a Southeast and East Asian beverage that contains large tapioca pearls, Thai tea with tapioca pearls is a popular flavor of bubble tea
1-2 tablespoons Thai tea
1 tablespoon sweet condensed milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1 cup hot water
Add sugar and sweet condensed milk to a glass or cup. Put one tablespoon of Thai tea to a tea sock. Place the tea sock directly above the glass. Pour hot water into the tea sock. Set the tea sock aside. Stir until the sugar and sweet condensed milk are dissolved. Add ice and top the tea with milk.