Authentic Thai iced tea recipe (cha yen ชาเย็น) – street food style

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You’re going to love this authentic Thai iced tea recipe (cha yen ชาเย็น), it’s easy to make and always refreshing. Get the full recipe here:

Thailand has some very famous drinks, including Red Bull and Singha, but there’s nothing more famous throughout the world than Thai iced tea, which is known in Thai better as cha yen (ชาเย็น). The tea is served at Thai restaurants around the world, and many people, especially if they like sweet and creamy beverages, love it. Thai ice tea is often easy to recognize because of its bright orange color and creaminess.

Why wait until you go to a Thai restaurant to have ice tea? Here is an authentic Thai iced tea recipe, Bangkok street food style, that you can make at home right now. There are only a few ingredients that you need, and if you have an Asian supermarket near your home, it should be quite easy to get everything you need. One thing I just want to clarify though is the orange color of Thai iced tea. The tea brand that is commonly used in Thailand is called Cha Dra Muer (ชาตรามือ) – or it’s just known as Number One Brand. It’s black tea that includes a bit of C yellow number 6, which is what gives it the signature color. However, though I have not tried it, if you just use regular black tea for this Thai iced tea recipe, it should still work fine, it just won’t be that orange color.

Anyway, along with black tea, here are the rest of the ingredients you’ll need:
1 tablespoon Thai black tea
1 cup of hot boiling water
2 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons evaporated milk (plus some more to sprinkle on top)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup of crushed ice

The first thing you need to do is steep your tea. There are many ways to do this, but on the streets of Thailand, most Thai iced tea vendors will make their tea using a tea sock, which is almost like a real sock connected to a wire ring. You add the tea leaves to the sock, pour hot water into a cup, and just let the leaves brew for a few minutes. Alternatively, you could just add your tea leave to a cup, pour in the hot water, let the leaves brew for a few minutes, and then strain out the leaves – whatever is easiest for you. Next step is to mix in sweetened condensed milk as well as evaporated milk, and stir it up until it’s a nice creamy mixture. You can also add in some extra sugar, according to your own taste. Just to note, since you will be pouring your hot tea over ice, you can make it a little sweeter than you think, as it will become watered down from the ice.

As an extra step, but it is very fun to try, you can put the tea in one cup, and then pour it, using some elevation to another cup. This is going to create some foam on your tea, almost like froth. This is not necessary, it’s just fun (see video for details).

The next step in this recipe for Thai iced tea is to take a glass, fill it up to the top with crushed ice, and then pour your milky tea mixture over the ice. Give it a quick stir, and then finish it off with another sprinkle of evaporated milk to give it a nice creamy top. Drink you Thai iced tea with a straw, and if it’s a hot day, you’ll surely be satisfied and refreshed. Enjoy.

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Jason Chan says:

Thai Milk Tea is really sweet, too sweet I think.
Can't even taste the tea

Dia's Kitchen says:

It tasted better when I didn't know it had yellow color #6

Scott Saunders says:

Where can I get one of those ladles? Can’t find them anywhere on the internet.

Ellie Y says:

Does this tea exist without the food coloring? Does the color add flavor? Food coloring is toxic.

Gerard Pattenden says:

I just for back from Thailand. Bought some of those leaves. Had one almost every day I was there. So refreshing. Thangs for the refresher on making it how I remembered it

Raffa Adepriagi says:

Super satisfying!!

Sessy FilistineSyria says:

Love thai tasty..

tainle says:

Mark wiens can you tell me what is the ratio of amount of thai tea need to put into certain volume of liquid? for instance how much tea do i put into 1 gallon of boiling water?

Marina Mumpuni says:

Thai tea is so popular in my country nowadays! And i'm already realized that this video was uploaded in 2014! Omg.

Alan Orth says:

@1:22 I love that ladle and the look on Mark's face when he realizes that it's super hilarious that he has one.

Kawaii Lola says:

Shouldn't be watching this at 4am while craving this.. 😭

Far J says:

With that amount of sugar (2 spoons) + condensed milk (2 scoops) + 2 drops of evaporated milk, i wonder how do one can avoid getting diabetes?

shekhar deula says:

sugar call thai language plz

Rizky Hafiyyan says:

-rep Bikin batal puasa

Jigya Khabar says:

Mark's hair 😀 😛

Alyssa Varela says:

thank you so much for this video! I'm always buying my tea either in a bottle or at cafes, but now I know I can make it at home!

Lawrence Viles says:

Love thai tea,,, love thai ice coffee better. I make them both. And I use the Muslin bag as well. Thanks Mark

Jeremy Huang says:

Great presentation and by far the best way to make it. 👍👍👍👍👍

ikassela says:

at 3:23 that's the most important message of all. a lot of restaurants serve a really blend taste of tea because they don't take the account of dilution from crushed ice. this including soup + any gravy. because we asian most of the time eat with rice. have to put salt/sugar/etc depending on the dish a little bit extra, because when we eat with rice, it will be perfect.

Stella Chang says:

for one pack of 400g of Thai tea, how many ml water can be used?

Aisyah Habriyah says:

The foaming part reminds me of teh tarik or pulled tea

d34dj0k3r says:

Hahaha yeah! Teh Tarik!

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Tulus Kurnianto says:

Just returned from bkk and brought 6 big packs of tea leaves of the same brand that you're using in the video. thanks for the demo, Mark. you make it looks so easy. will definitely try it! missed bkk already.

Lord Byron says:

Where do I buy the tea?! I'm in Tacoma, Washington .

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