Thai Iced Tea ชาเย็น (cha yen)

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Thailand only has one famous (non-alcoholic) drink, and this is it: Thai iced tea. The orange coloured sweet concoction is so good it feels like it should be dessert. A lot of times I find restaurants make it too sweet, so I actually prefer making my own so I can make it exactly how I want it!


Serves 1

  • 3 Tbsp Thai tea leaves
  • 1 cup of off-the-boil water
  • 1.5 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 2-3 tsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp evaporated milk
  • A lot of ice


Let Thai tea leaves steep in the hot water for 3-5 minutes and strain. You can steep the tea in a cloth filter or just in a cup and then pour it through a paper filter. To the strained tea, add the condensed milk, sugar, salt and stir to mix. Note: If you’re making a big batch, you can mix the tea up to this point ahead of time and store in the fridge.

When ready to serve, fill your glass with ice and pour in the mixed tea, leaving a little room on top. Drizzle the top with some evaporated milk and enjoy.

 Thai Iced Tea