This tea pairs wonderfully with a spicy meal. If you can’t find Thai tea leaves (they are hard to find!), then you could use your favorite flavored black tea, also super yummy, but no fun color. This sweet tea is a splurge, but totally worth it!
-2 Tbls Thai tea leaves (or loose-leaf black tea leaves or 2 tea bags if you can’t find loose-leaf)
-1 cup hot water
-2 Tbls sweetened condensed milk (you could probably use low-fat or fat-free, but I haven’t tested these out as they are unavailable here)
-2 Tbls milk (evaporated milk is authentic, but regular works okay)
-2 tsp sugar (raw cane sugar is authentic, but any kind will work)
1) Put your tea leaves into a strainer basket in your tea pot. If you don’t have a strainer basket, then you can use loose-leaf tea bags (see photo).
2) Pour in the hot water. Let the tea steep for at least 10 minutes, you want it to be strong since it will be iced.
3) Strain the tea into a large mug, then back into the tea pot.
4) Add the sugar while the tea is still hot.
5) Cool the tea in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (I like to make my tea the night before or before I go to work so it is very cold when I am ready to use it).
6) Take out the cold tea and add the sweetened condensed milk and milk. Stir and be amazed by the orange color it turns!
7) Fill a tall glass with ice (for a cool trick, you can make tea ice cubes that won’t dilute the tea as much!)
8) Pour the tea mix into the glass and enjoy.
Below are the ingredients used in this recipe. The sweetened condensed milk can be found at Home Plus in the baking section or near the canned fruit and the Patbingsu (shaved ice dessert) stuff. You can order loose-leaf tea on gmarket, but I have seen nice black tea bags at Home Plus too. The authentic Thai tea (Number One Brand) pictured can be purchased on Amazon.com or Ebay, but I haven’t ever seen it in Korea. I picked up mine in Thailand 🙂
For 1 Serving: 168 Calories, 3.9 g Fat, 2.5 g Saturated Fat, 15.4 mg Cholesterol, 62.8 mg Sodium, 30.2 g Carbohydrates, 0 g Fiber, 30.3 g Sugars, 4 g Protein.