Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thai Tea (Cha Yen)

Thai tea, also known as "cha yen" (ชาเย็น), is a refreshing drink of strongly brewed black tea sweetened with sweetened condensed milk. It is usually served chilled, with evaporated milk added to make it creamy. Thai tea is also often served with boba (tapioca pearls), but I prefer my Thai tea plain (sorry, it's a texture thing). 

You can order Thai tea at your local Thai restaurant (and probably shell out about $3 per glass), or you can easily make it yourself at home. The tea leaves are easily found at most Asian markets, or you can even order them online. 

Thai Tea
adapted from Quick & Easy Thai Cuisine and Thai Table

2 Tbsp Thai tea leaves
1 cup hot water
1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp evaporated milk

Pour the sweetened condensed milk  and sugar into a tall glass. 

Meanwhile brew the Thai tea leaves with the water. Ideally, you should use a Thai tea sock since the tea is very fine and "dusty". I don't own a tea sock (yet), so I used a mesh tea ball. Never brew black tea less than 30 seconds or more than 5 minutes. 

Since I used a mesh tea ball instead of a tea sock, there is some loose tea floating around. But that's OK. 

Pour the brewed tea over the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine & dissolve the sugar. 

Pour over ice into a tall glass; top with the evaporated milk. Enjoy!!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this, I'll be sure to try this out since I love Thai iced tea.