On my recent trip out west I spent an afternoon perusing the wares at an indoor/outdoor market full of culinary treasures such as:
On our way out I discovered a small tea shop, hidden away amongst the hustle and bustle and was delighted to learn that they served Thai Iced Teas, one of my very favorite beverages in the world. If you’ve never had one, you are seriously missing out. Find a Thai restaurant stat! While I was waiting for the rest of my party, I got to chatting with the proprietor and ended up leaving with a bag of Thai tea leaves and the recipe for making my very own Thai Iced Tea at home. It was ridiculously easy, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to make this.
- Thai tea leaves (this can be found at most Asian grocers or online)
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Sugar (to taste)
- Steep 2 T. tea leaves in 6-8 oz. hot water for approximately 5 minutes. Thai tea is very powdery, so you will need to use Paper tea filter/infuser or a muslin strainer to steep. The tea should be very strong and concentrated when done – if you’re not sure, it’s probably not strong enough.
- Allow to cool, then pour over ice in a large glass.
- Pour in some sweetened condensed milk. You can also substitute half & half, whole milk, or soy milk.
- Sweeten to taste with sugar.
That’s it. SO easy!
Serving this up for more than one person? Head over to Mark Bittman’s wonderful book The Best Recipes in the World for this version:
- 1¼ cups Thai tea leaves
- ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk or fresh milk to taste
- Sugar to taste
- Milk to taste
- Bring 6 cups water to a boil. Pour the tea leaves in a heatproof pitcher and pour in the hot water. Allow the tea to steep for about 5 minutes.
- Divide the sweetened condensed among 4 glasses. Carefully strain the hot tea into the glasses and stir well, adding sugar and milk to taste. Add ice cubes to chill and serve.