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Entry from January 18, 2019
Thai Iced Tea (Cha Yen)

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Wikipedia: Thai tea
Thai tea, also known as Thai iced tea (Thai: ชาเย็น, RTGS: cha yen, [t͡ɕʰāː jēn] (About this soundlisten), lit. “cold tea"), is a Thai cold or hot drink made from tea, milk and sugar. It is popular in Southeast Asia and is served in many restaurants that serve Thai food.

The drink is made from strongly brewed Ceylon tea, or a locally grown landrace (traditional or semi-wild) version of Assam known as Bai Miang (ใบเมี่ยง).[citation needed] Other ingredients may include added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well.

The tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk 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.

8 May 1980, Women’s Wear Daily (New York, NY), “Eye” by Dale Kern, pg. 6, col. 1:
But the guests had to wind their way (...) to dine on stuffed squab, meek-rob (a Thai noodle dish), Thai iced tea and chocolate strawberries.

Google Books
Thai Home-Cooking from Kamolmal’s Kitchen
By William R. Crawford and Kamolmal Pootaraksa
New York, NY: Plume
1986, ©1985
Pg. 279:
Thai Iced Tea CHA YEN
Thai iced tea is a very sweet, milky drink to which some people are absolutely addicted. It is one of those foods that you either like a great deal or don’t care for at all. Please use only Thai tea, because it blends with the two types of milk much better than any other kind. Standard tea will, to put it simply, create a disaster.

Google Books
Real Thai:
The Best of Thailand’s Regional Cooking

By Nancie McDermott
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
Pg. 74:
Thai Iced Tea
In America’s Thai restaurants, this cool, sweet treat converts many a timid first-timer to a Thai food fanatic on the spot. Cha yen, or “cold tea,” is made from a special Thai blend of chopped black tea leaves flavored and perfumed with star anise, cinnamon, vanilla, and other sweet spices. A little food coloring gives it its signature terra-cotta hue.

Authentic Thai iced tea recipe (cha yen ชาเย็น) - street food style
Mark Wiens
Published on May 22, 2014
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: http://wp.me/p4a4F7-2kh

Food & Wine
All The Things You Really Should Know About Thai Iced Tea
Starting with the fact that it’s not very Thai.

PRIYA KRISHNA April 06, 2017
Tea is a relatively new phenomenon in Thailand, brought in by the Chinese in the 1980s to supplant opium as a cash crop and thereby curb drug trafficking. It’s unclear, exactly, when Thai tea (known in Thailand as Cha Yen)—a mixture of black tea, condensed milk, and sometimes ice—was invented, though many suspect it was a lingering influence from Field Marshal Pibul Songkram, a Thai leader with a penchant for western culture (hence the ice and milk). The tea became a staple of Thai street food culture, sometimes spiced with star anise and orange blossom water, but more often than not, served without any additional flavorings.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, January 18, 2019 • Permalink

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