Thai Iced Tea | ชาเย็น
Thai Iced Tea is a popular drink prepared with black tea, milk, and sugar that is commonly found in Thai restaurants across the US. The deep amber color of the tea and its milk-tinted upper layer makes this drink really stand out on your table. Thai Tea is made from strongly brewed black tea and often spiced with ingredients such as star anise and crushed tamarind. The tea is then sweetened with sugar and sweetened condensed milk and served over ice. It’s a popular go-to drink for people to help soothe the burn when they overload on too much Thai spice.
[ Fun Fact ]
In restaurants, Thai Tea is served in a tall glass. In coffee shops, it is served in plastic cups. But, when it is sold on the streets of Thailand, it is often poured over crushed ice in a plastic bag.
[ History ]
Although the roots of Thai Tea are not clear, it is highly likely that it has roots in Europe or America, and was probably introduced during the time of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the Prime Minister of Thailand who favored Western cuisine and was also the one who encouraged Thai people to start using forks and spoons instead of their hands as was customary for Westerns.
The unique orange colors were also adjusted by using bright orange coloring to appeal to American sensibilities and to distinguish Thai Iced Tea from a standard American Ice Latte.