There are almost as many ways of making Thai tea as there are Thai restaurants. I love the richness the cardomom, cloves and cinnamon add. You can also skip the sugar and use sweetened condensed milk in place of the half-and-half. No other tea will substitute for Thai tea--you can find Thai tea in Asian markets, or if you are really lucky, in the Asian section of your grocery store. Prep time does not include chill time.
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
- Stir in tea leaves, cardamom pods, crushed clove and cinnamon.
- Remove mixture from heat and let steep 5 minutes.
- Pour tea through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding tea leaves (caution--don't pour hot tea into a glass pitcher as it may break).
- Add sugar, stirring until dissolved; cool.
- Cover and chill 2 hours.
- Serve in a glass over crushed ice.
- Top with 3 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half.
Wonderful! This exactly the same tea I have been served in Thai recipes and have tried to duplicate for some time. Really delicious and unique. The color is gorgeous - the orangey color of the tea topped with the creamy half n half makes a striking presentation in a clear glass. Note: Only Thai tea leaves will produce the unique color and taste. I found mine in an Asian market in a giant bag, but have also seen them for sale in online asian markets.
Just a little note, intead of adding sugar and half and half, a lot of Thai cooks (including my mom) just top this with sweetened condensed milk. I don't add cinnamon to my recipe, but otherwise it is the same as this one and is really DELICIOUS!
Very good. I would recommend making twice the default amount listed here (6 servings), as it'll be consumed very quickly. I had great results with substituting sweetened condensed milk, ~2.5 Tbs. per serving, and reducing the sugar to ~5 Tbs. for six servings. This drink is absolutely necessary to survive Tom Yum Gai or Koong, the famous Thai Hot & Sour Soups.