(also known as Thai iced tea
) or "cha-yen" () in Thailand
, is a drink made from strongly-brewed black tea
. Other ingredients may include added orange blossom water, star anise
, crushed tamarind
seed 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 milk
, coconut milk
or whole milk
is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance. However, in Thailand, condensed milk and sugar are mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk. In Thai restaurants worldwide, it is served in a tall glass, though in Thailand it is more typically 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
. 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.
- Dark Thai iced tea (Thai: ชาดำเย็น, cha-dam-yen) Thai tea served chilled with no milk content, sweetened with sugar only. The concept is based on traditional Indian tea which is used as main ingredient.
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