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Two Thai Iced Milk Tea Recipes

Thai Iced Tea is the most popular drink in Thai restaurants all around the world. The orange color has appealed people who love the sweet and creamy taste. Thai Iced Tea is even sold in some Vietnamese or Chinese stores and restaurants, although they have their own iced milk tea.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea

Thai iced tea or Thai iced milk tea is called in Thai as “Chaa Yen” (ชาเย็น) and Thai iced tea is called as “Chaa Dam Yen” (ชาดำเย็น). Chaa Dum Yen is simply iced sweet tea without milk. Today, we have 2 recipes of Thai Iced Milk Tea. The first recipe is the way how many Thai restaurants in foreign countries make Thai Iced Milk Tea and another recipe is the way how Thai Iced Milk Tea is made in Thailand.

“Nestea” 3 in 1 Instant Milk Tea (13 Sachets)  $4.60 “Nestea” 3 in 1 Milk Tea –
Big Pack (1,000 Grams)
$8.25

 

Thai Iced Milk Tea 1

Ingredients (for 1 serving)

2-3 full teaspoons of Thai tea

4 teaspoons of sugar

3/5 cup of boiling water

evaporated milk or half and half

1 full glass of ice

1)Pour boiling water into a cup of 2 full teaspoons of Thai tea. Stir well and let it steeps for 25 minutes or more. If you have a lid, cover the cup with lid for cleanliness and to bring the flavor.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk TeaScooping 2 full teaspoons of Thai tea

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk TeaPouring boiling water 3/5 cup or a little bit more than half cup

2)Use a very good stainless steel tea strainer, a coffee or tea paper filter or a cloth filter (see the different results and comparison of each filter below) to strain tea leaves off.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Straining tea by a stainless steel strainer

3) Add 4 teaspoons of sugar and stir well. (If the tea is not hot enough for dissolve sugar, please warm it before adding sugar.) Let it sit for completely cooling down. After this step, you can store it in the fridge before serving and continue the next step.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Adding 4 full teaspoons of sugar.

4) Pour tea into a glass of ice and top it with evaporated milk or half and half as much as you like.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Topping with evaporated milk.

Note: Adding or reducing amount of sugar can be adjusted by preference.

“Number One Brand” Thai Tea – Original Flavor (190 Grams)  $2.15 “Number One Brand” Tea Filter – Large
$1.90

 

Thai Iced Milk Tea 2 Thai Flag

Ingredients (for 1 serving)
2-3 full teaspoons of Thai tea
2 teaspoons of sugar
3 teaspoons of condensed milk
3/5 cup of boiling water
evaporated milk or half and half
1 full glass of ice

This recipe is very similar to the first recipe. The difference is only the step of making the tea sweet and more creamy (#3 step).

1) Pour boiling water into a cup of 2 or 3 full teaspoons of Thai tea (The amount of tea depends on how strong you like). Stir well and let it steeps for 25 minutes or more. If you have a lid, cover the cup with lid for cleanliness and to bring the flavor.
2) Use a very fine stainless steel tea strainer, a coffee or tea paper filter or a cloth filter (see the different results and comparison of each filter below) to strain the tea.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Straining tea with cloth filter.
(A Stainless steel strainer is for holding cloth filter.)

3) Add 2 teaspoons of sugar and stir to dissolve. Follow with 3 teaspoons of condensed milk and stir it well. (If the tea is not hot enough for dissolving sugar, please warm it before adding sugar.) Let it sit for completely cooling down. After this step, you can store it in the fridge before serving and go to the last step.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Adding condensed milk.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Stir well. The tea is turned to orange with milk.

4) Pour milk tea into a glass of ice and top it with evaporated milk or half and half as much as you like.

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Iced Milk Tea
Topping with evaporated milk or half & half.

Note: Adding or reducing amount of sugar and condensed milk can be adjusted by preference.

“Number One Brand” Thai Tea – Original Flavor (400 Grams)  $3.55 “Number One Brand” Tea Filter – Small
(for 1 serving)
$1.70

 

Tips and techniques

STRONG TEA
The heart of making Thai iced tea is that the stronger of flavor is, the better tea tastes. The reason is that the tea will be mixed with milk, sugar and ice; therefore, the taste of tea will be milder. If you make it mild, you will not taste tea.

4 ways to consider for making strong tea
1) Adding more tea leaves, this way will make the tea stronger but you have to use too much tea to do it.
2) Amount of boiling water should match with the amount of tea. Using too much water will weaken the taste of tea.
3) For strong tea, we recommend using boiling water to make tea and letting the tea steep at least 25 minutes for great flavor. You can let it sit as long as you want and if it is too cold after filtering the tea, you can warm it again. This is the same way when you steep a tea bag for a long time in a cup of water. Longer time of steeping the tea is, the stronger taste will be.
4) Use boiling water to make tea as the third solution. After filtering tea leaves, heat the tea on fire until boiling.

FILTERS
Here, we will talk about three kinds of tea filters; stainless steel tea strainer, coffee paper filter and cloth filter. Using the different filters will give the different results.

1) Stainless steel tea strainer
We have tried to use our regular stainless steel strainer (the first photo). From the second photo below, you will see that the result was not good enough to filter all the tea leaves. Some tea is still left at the bottom of the glass. However, if you have any high-quality filters, they will give you better result.

Stainless steel tea strainer
Stainless steel strainer

Stainless steel tea strainer
Some tea still left after straining.

2) Coffee or tea paper filter
Standard paper filter for a drip coffee maker can be a choice of tea filters. As we tried it to filter tea leaves when the tea is not hot enough, it flows really slowly through the filter but you will get very fine tea. However, if you would like to make tea in high volume, the paper filter might not be a good choice.

Stainless steel tea strainer
Warm tea flows very slowly through a tea paper filter.

3) Cloth filter/ Strainer
In the first photo, we show the small bag of cloth filter. Mostly, the cloth filter with handle is used widely in Thailand and most Thai restaurants in foreign countries. The reason is it strains tea well and is good for making high-volume tea.

Cloth Strainer
Cloth Strainer (no handle)

Tips: To use cloth strainers, we recommend turning the stitches side out (like the picture above) for cleaning tea easier after used. Moreover, for long-time use of cloth strainer, you may simply wash by cold / warm water without dishwashing liquid.Cloth Strainer
Cloth Strainer with handle

COLD TEA & MILK
Before pouring tea into a glass of ice, keeping the tea in the fridge to make it cold is good for a cold drink like Thai Iced Tea because the cold tea will not melt ice too fast. As same as using cold milk, this will keep the perfect taste of milk tea.

Another tip of serving the Thai iced milk tea is putting a straw in the glass before pouring milk. This will make the glass of iced tea looks nice with milk on the top.

Any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave it in the comment section below. Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy your Thai iced milk tea. 😀

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(400 Grams)
$4.50

 

Shopping in Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, has long been noticed as one of the most attractive destinations for tourists from around the world. Shopping is another appealing activity in Bangkok because of a wide range of products. 80-90% of products in Thailand such as food, clothes, hand-made or manufactured products can be found in Bangkok. Below, we provide a list of some original shopping places, markets and streets. Many Thai people are familiar with those places but they might not be familiar to tourists or visitors because they are neither shopping malls nor department stores like MBK or Siam Paragon. However, to find some special or specific products with great value prices, you might be interested to know where those places are from the map below.

Day Time

1) Cloth & Clothes (+bags, shoes, and accessories):
1.1 Jatujak Market (JJ Market) ตลาดนัดจตุจักร
1.2 Water Gate (ประตูน้ำ)
1.3 Raamkhamhaeng Street (ถนนรามคำแหง)
1.4 Boobee Market (ตลาดโบ๊เบ้) “Big Wholesale Clothes”
1.5 Baanglamphuu (บางลำพู)
1.6 Phaahurat Area (พาหุรัด)
2) Computers Hardware:
2.1 Pantip Plaza, Water Gate Branch (พันธุ์ทิพย์พลาซ่า สาขา
ประตูน้ำ) also selling cameras and accessories
2.2 IT Mall Fortune (ไอทีมอลล์ ฟอร์จูน)
2.3 Pata IT Section (พาต้า ชั้นคอมพิวเตอร์)
2.4 Pantip Plaza, Ngaamwongwaan Branch (พันธุ์ทิพย์พลาซ่า
สาขางามวงศ์วาน)
3) Drug stores:
3.1 Siriraj Area (ศิริราช)
3.2 Raatchawithii Area (ราชวิถึ)
4) Flowers & Vegetables (Retails & Wholesales):
Paakkhlooangtalaat (ปากคลองตลาด)
5) Fruits (Retails & Wholesales):
5.1 Paakkhlooangtalaat (ปากคลองตลาด)
5.2 Mahaanaak Market (ตลาดมหานาค)
6) General retails and wholesales: Sampheng (สำเพ็ง)
7) Gold: Yaowaraat Area (เยาวราช)
8) Jewelry & Diamond:
8.1 Silom, Bangrak, and Jaroenkrung Areas
(สีลม, เจริญกรุง, บางรัก)
8.2 Wangburaphaa & Jaroenkrung Areas (วังบูรพา, เจริญกรุง)
9) Plants, pets & others:
9.1 Jatujak Market (JJ Market) ตลาดนัดจตุจักร
9.2 Thonburi Market (ตลาดนัดธนบุรี)
10) Spares, second-hand stuffs & others: Klooangthom
11) Stereo & Speaker: Baanmoa (บ้านหม้อ)
12) Wooden Furniture:
12.1 Prachaanaruemit Soi (ซอยประชานฤมิตร)
12.2 Sawaisuwan Soi (ซอยไสวสุวรรณ)

Night Time

13) Clothes:
13.1 Saphaanphut (สะพานพุทธ)
13.2 Siam Square Street (สยามสแควร์)
14) Home decorations, souvenirs, & clothes:
14.1 Suan Lum Night Bazaar (สวนลุมไนท์บาร์ซาร์)
14.2 Khaaosaan Road (ถ.ข้าวสาร)
15) Spares, second-hand stuffs & others [Only Saturday Night]:
15.1 Ratchada (รัชดาไนท์)
15.2 Klooangthom (คลองถม)


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