I was in Bangkok, Thailand two weeks ago for three days. As a tea lover, I promised myself that I would drink “cha-yen” commonly known as Thai iced tea or Thai milk tea everyday that I am in there. I was there for three full days and I did fulfill my promise.
I had my very first Thai iced tea after touring Wat Arun. Here is a Thai lady making my Thai iced tea. Every Thai iced tea vendor is using Carnation. But it’s not the usual Carnation evaporated or condensed milk. If you look closely at the photo above, The Carnation can says Extra. So I consulted trusty ‘ol Google to find out what type of Carnation milk they used. Apparently they used low-fat creamer called Carnation Extra.
Here is my very first Thai iced tea. This costs 40THB. It tasted really good and very refreshing as well. I was quite happy that I’m actually sipping Thai iced tea in Thailand. It’s cheap too! It only costs around P60 for that large cup. When you buy Thai iced tea from restaurants in Manila you’d pay P70 above.
For our second day in Thailand, we went to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. We rented a boat to experience haggling and bargaining for goods while riding a boat. We didn’t really buy a lot of stuff in the floating market since the goods sold there are overpriced. We did eat Pad Thai and Fried Spring Rolls while riding the boat. After touring the floating market, my friend bought Thai iced tea for us to share. Here are two men making us Thai iced tea.
That big container says Ceylon tea which is the tea used to create cha-yen. Though some vendors use plain black tea instead of Ceylon black tea.
Our Thai iced tea is served. This large cup of Thai iced tea costs 40THB as well. This Thai iced tea is the sweetest that we’ve ordered. I guess we should’ve instructed the vendor to put less sugar. But since there are lots of ice, the sweetness fades gradually as the ice melts.
Here is me and my friend Jasmin all happy with the Thai iced tea.
Since our floating market tour is only a half-day tour. We went to MBK Mall to do a little bit of shopping. I took one mall guide, flipped through its pages, and found out that foreigners get to have free Thai iced tea welcome drink. Who wouldn’t love to get free stuff? So we headed over to their food court and claimed our free Thai iced tea. I didn’t get to take some pictures of the bar tender while he was making the tea but here is my Thai iced tea.
For our last day in Thailand, I had another Thai iced tea with my dinner. This is the cheapest of the four Thai iced tea that we ordered. It only costs 20THB for the same large cup. I had mine with no sugar so it’s not sweet, just milky and creamy.
I’ll definitely go back to Thailand for more of their Thai iced tea. Maybe I’ll learn how to make Thai iced tea at home. That would be way cheaper than flying to Thailand for their iced tea.