Thailand: Thai Iced Tea Recipe

thai tea

My first introduction to the rich flavor of Thai Iced Tea comes from ordering from a Thai Restaurant.  In Los Angeles, big signs for Thai Iced tea are plastered on many Thai restaurant windows and donut shops. Believe me it was love at first taste but how could it not be? Check out the ingredients. –Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor


  • According to a tea website, Thai Tea is is made from strongly-brewed black tea, often spiced with ingredients such as star anise, crushed tamarind, cardamom, and occasionally others as well.
  • Then we come to the really decadent good part, the brew is then sweetened with sugar and condensed milk, and served over iced.
  • In Thailand it is then topped with evaporated milk.

According to Wikepedia other variations on Thai tea include:

* Dark Thai iced tea (Thai: ชาดำเย็น, cha-dam-yen): Thai tea served chilled with no milk content and sweetened with sugar only. The concept is based on traditional Indian tea, which is used as the main ingredient.
* Lime Thai tea (Thai: ชามะนาว, cha-ma-now): Similar to Dark Thai iced tea, but flavoured with lime as well as sweetened with sugar. Mint may also be added.


*A tip from the Thai Food & Travel Blog about striking the balance in the tea so that the condensed milk stays on top is to stir the tea while you pour the condensed milk in.


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