Have you ever wonder about the origin of Thai tea? Or what is Thai tea made of? In this blog, we will discuss all about Thai Iced tea and its flavor.
Origin of Thai Tea
Thai iced tea is often every boba lover’s origin story. But what are the origins of the drink itself? Cha Yen, translating to “cold tea”, popularly known as Thai iced tea, is a sweet black tea mixed with evaporated or condensed milk and served over ice. Variations include additional ingredients such as star anise, cinnamon, lime, orange blossom, vanilla, and other sweet spices. This traditional Thai sweet iced tea drink is refreshingly perfect for a hot summer day. While the exact origins are unknown, the tea became a staple of Thai street food culture in the 90’s. In America, Thai iced tea is a predominant menu item across Thai restaurants and boba tea shops.
Thai tea taste and its health benefits
It complements spicy Thai food beautifully, as well as being the perfect sweetness to accompany boba pearls. Not only is this a tasty drink, but there are possible health benefits as well. Studies have shown that regularly drinking black tea like boba Thai iced tea can provide health benefits in terms of relieving for many ailments, including inflammation, heart disorders, obesity, and high blood pressure. Black tea is a good source of choline, caffeine, magnesium, potassium, and many important antioxidants.
Thai tea flavor
Many food establishments have taken the Thai tea flavor and created unique desserts based on it. This includes Thai tea flavored ice cream, cupcakes, cheesecakes, puddings, and muffins. The recipe for Thai tea has definitely been adjusted for Western tastes, with many traditional elements replaced with milk and sugar products. Even in Thailand, many restaurants and street vendors serve the Westernized version in order to appeal to tourists. Because of this, it is hard to find places in America that serve the drink with the classic boba Thai tea flavor.
For a list of our personal recommendations, check out our Best Boba Places in LA post. Thai iced tea with boba is definitely one of the best drinks out there, and we recommend any person trying boba for the first time to get it.