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Thai Ice Milk Tea

Thai Ice Milk Tea, also known as Cha Yen, is a refreshing and creamy beverage that originated in Thailand. This popular Thai street drink combines strongly brewed tea, sweetened condensed milk, and ice, creating a delightful balance of flavors that will cool you down on a hot day while satisfying your craving for a creamy and aromatic beverage.
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Thai Ice Milk Tea is a quintessential Thai drink that has gained popularity worldwide. It features a unique combination of bold black tea, creamy condensed milk, and a touch of sweetness. The tea is brewed strong and then poured over ice, resulting in a cool and refreshing beverage that is perfect for enjoying any time of the day.


2 tablespoons black tea leaves (such as Assam or Ceylon)
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
1 cup ice cubes
2 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 5 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a teapot or heatproof container, add the black tea leaves.


Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep for about 3-5 minutes, depending on your preferred strength.


Strain the brewed tea into a separate container, discarding the tea leaves.


Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and granulated sugar until well combined. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.


Allow the tea mixture to cool to room temperature.


Fill two glasses with ice cubes.


Pour the cooled tea mixture over the ice cubes, filling the glasses about three-quarters full.


If desired, drizzle evaporated milk over the top for extra creaminess and flavor.


Stir gently to combine the tea and milk.


Serve the Thai Ice Milk Tea immediately and enjoy its creamy and refreshing taste.

Tips for this recipe

For an extra twist, you can add a splash of fragrant pandan extract or a sprinkle of ground cardamom to the tea mixture before pouring it over the ice. These additions will infuse the drink with a unique and aromatic flavor. Additionally, if you prefer a stronger tea flavor, you can increase the amount of black tea leaves or steep the tea for a longer duration.

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