Thai Tea, Cha-Yen (Cold Tea) or Thai iced tea is a drink made from strongly-brewed tea in Thailand.
It has become well known in the west from people who have travelled in Thailand and enjoyed its refreshing taste.
Thai tea is made, chilled and then poured over ice to bring a welcome break from the high temperatures that are common there.
Other ingredients are added to the tea to make its unique flavour, these may include:
- Orange Blossom Water
- Star Anise
- Crushed Tamarind seed
It is sweetened with sugar, and as a final touch coconut milk or evaporated milk is added to finish.
If served in a tall glass, it brings an added elegance to any dining table.
Thai tea can of course be purchased in powder form, but, as with most foods and beverages, it tastes 100% better when made from natural ingredients.