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Thai Iced Tea Recipe (Cha Yen) - Authentic Thai Street Food Style!

There are few things on the streets of Thailand more refreshing than a Thai style iced tea. After the tea is brewed, it's mixed with sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk to make it creamy, rich, and sweet. Cha yen, as it's known in Thai, is famous at Thai restaurants around the world, it makes for a wonderful refreshing beverage.

Author: Mark Wiens ( Recipe type: Drinks Cuisine: Thai Serves: 1


  • 1 tablespoon Thai black tea

  • 1 cup of hot boiling water

  • 2 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk

  • 2 teaspoons evaporated milk (plus some more to sprinkle on top)

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 cup of crushed ice


  1. First step is to boil water, I’m just using a pot, but you could use a water boiler or microwave

  2. Take your tea sock and add about 1 tablespoon of black Thai tea. It’s then easiest to put your tea sock into a bowl or big cup in order to steep the tea.

  3. Pour 1 cup of boiling water into the tea sock, and push it in and out to steep the tea and extract all that flavr. Steep the tea for a few minutes until it turns nice and dark in color.

  4. Taking a new cup, pour in 1 glass of hot tea

  5. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk, and give it a nice stir

  6. Then add 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk, and continue to stir the tea until everything is fully mixed in

  7. Optional - A good Thai iced tea should have a little froth or some bubbles on top, so take 2 pitchers, and pour the tea from one to the other, with a bit of elevation. You could do this in a different way too, but it’s pretty fun!

  8. Take a cup and fill it all the way to the top with crushed ice

  9. Gentry pour your hot tea mixture over the cup of ice

  10. To give your Thai iced tea a final creamy touch, drizzle on some more evaporated milk onto the top of your cup

  11. Add a straw, and you’re ready to start slurping it down!

Notes Thai iced tea is a great sweet beverage on a hot day! Enjoy this recipe! See the full recipe here.

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