Thai tea is usually known as a Thai drink made from Ceylon tea, milk and sugar, and served hot or cold. It is popular in
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and is served in many restaurants that serve Thai food. When served cold it is known as Thai iced tea ( th, ชาเย็น, , , lit. "cold tea").


The drink is made from strongly brewed Ceylon tea, or a locally grown
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(traditional or semi-wild) version of
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known as Bai Miang (ใบเมี่ยง). Other ingredients may include: orange blossom water,
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, crushed
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and served chilled. Evaporated milk,
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is poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance. Condensed milk and sugar may also be mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk. In Thai restaurants, it is served in a tall glass, but when sold from street and market stalls in Thailand it may be poured over the crushed ice in a plastic bag or tall plastic cups. It may also be made into a frappé at some vendors.
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pearls can be added to Thai tea to make a
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Variations of Thai tea


* ''Dark Thai iced tea'' (Thai: ชาดำเย็น, ''cha dam yen''): Thai tea served chilled with no milk content, sweetened with sugar only. The concept is based on traditional Indian tea, which is used as a main ingredient. * ''Lime Thai tea'' (Thai: ชามะนาว, ''cha manau'') Similar to dark Thai iced tea, but flavored with
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and sweetened with sugar. Mint may also be added.


In Thailand, Thai hot tea is often drunk in the morning, frequently with ''
'' (, long strips of fried dough): * ''Thai hot tea'' (Thai: ชาร้อน, ') Thai tea with sugar and milk content, served hot. * ''Dark Thai hot tea'' (Thai: ชาดำร้อน, ') Thai tea served hot with no milk content, sweetened with sugar only.

See also

* Milk Tea Alliance

External links

5 Amazing Benefits of Thai Tea


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