An exotic treat: Thai tea

On a recent trip to Thailand, I was struck by a couple of things:

1) Why aren’t Thai people fat? Every meal included fried things, sweet things and starchy things … all the elements that cause a rotund Canadian girl like me to have to wear the extra stretchy pants. I’ve decided to come back as a Thai person in my next life.

2) Thai tea, where have you been all my life?

This is the package of Thai tea I brought back with me from Ubon Ratchathani province.

Thai tea is an orangy-red, spicy, creamy, sweet, delicious wonder. It’s exotic and flavourful and it is absolutely my new favourite beverage. And it’s just as easy to make as regular tea!

Just brew it just as you would regular tea, using about 2 heaped teaspoonfuls of loose tea per cup of boiling water. Pour the hot tea over a little sweetened condensed milk, stir and enjoy.

The tea sits on top of the condensed milk for a very pretty presentation. Just stir and enjoy.

Or, for Thai iced tea, pre-mix the tea with sweetened condensed milk and pour it over lots of ice.

*Look for loose Thai tea in your local Asian market. If you can’t find it, use chai tea mix. It won’t have the same red colour, but it’ll still be deeeelicious.

Have you tried Thai tea? Amazing, right?