Thai Iced Tea (Cha Yen) ชาเย็น - Episode 6

Thai Iced Tea is traditionally brewed from either Cylon Tea or Assam Tea, depending on the drinkers preference, as well as the availability of the tea itself. Thai Tea recipes occasionally can be found with other added ingredients such as orange blossom water, star anise, or crushed tamarind seed. Thai Iced Tea generally comes in two versions, a creamy version that is sweetened with condensed milk, sugar, and evaporated milk, and a non-creamy version that is simply sweetened with only sugar. In Thailand it is common to use coconut milk in the creamy version of Thai Iced Tea as well, a practice not found as often outside of Thailand. So if you have never tried Thai Iced Tea before and are curious, or have tried it and love it, you can use this easy-to-do recipe to make your favorite version of Thai Iced Tea.

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The ingredient list for Thai Iced Tea is fairly simple. Except for the Thai tea itself, all of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. To help you find Thai Tea we have posted product links at the bottom of this recipe.

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The first step is to start boiling water. While your waiting you can put your Thai Tea strainer inside of your glass pitcher.

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Next you will add your Thai Tea into the tea filter and pitcher, and then add "just boiled" water to the pitcher, being sure to pour over the full tea filter. Do not put the tea directly to boiling water, instead add "just boiled" water to your tea. Boiling the tea itself makes it bitter, due to the tannins and reduced amount of dissolved oxygen. For this reason, it is always better to boil your water, let it cool for a few seconds, and then add it to your tea, instead of adding tea to boiling water.

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Let your tea steep from 5 to 15 minutes. The longer you allow it to steep, the stronger it will be. So if you like a mild tea, then only steep for about 5 minutes, if you like a strong tea then 15 minutes should do the trick, and if you like it somewhere in the middle then let it steep for about 10 minutes. After your tea is finished steeping, remove the tea strainer from the pitcher and add sugar. Stir vigorously until all of the sugar if dissolved.

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Next you will add condensed milk and evaporated milk if you are making the creamy version of Thai tea and stir until everything is mixed together. If you are not making the creamy version of Thai tea, and are instead making the dark version, then don't add milk. instead simply add a few slices of lemon or lime.

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Cooking Notes: As always, there are at least a couple of things that are easily substituted in this recipe. If you don't use sugar, you can substitute with honey or your choice of alternative sweetener. You can use soy milk, or coconut milk, or even half-and-half instead of condensed milk and evaporated milk if you like. We hope you enjoy this Thai Tea recipe.