I am a tea lover and Thai tea is one of my absolute favorites! You’ll usually find them at Thai restaurants for about $3/glass. Really?!! Why so expensive when you can easily make this drink at home for about a fraction of the price? I hate it when I feel gypped. That’s one problem that we often face, feeling gypped b/c we can make it cheaper & BETTER at home! Anyhow, breathing and moving on…
Besides from Thai restaurants, I’m not sure where else you can find Thai tea. That is unless you go to boba tea shops where they will usually serve Thai boba (bubble) teas as part of their extensive drink menu.
However, if you don’t live near a bubble tea joint or don’t feel like spending a few hard earning bucks to splurge on one, you can easily make this at home.
In a tea pot, add sugar and Thai tea leaves. Add boiling water and steep for about 15-20mins. The amount of sugar and tea depends on your preference of tea concentration and sweetness. You do not want to steep Thai tea on light surfaces or get them on your hands, the orange stain is very hard to clean off.
The BEST part about Thai tea is when the cream is added. I LOVE the gradient color of white to orange as the cream dissolves into the tea. I absolutely HATE it when restaurants premix their Thai teas. I want to do it, that’s part of the enjoyment for me…mixing the cream into the tea. To me, it’s a HUGE deal.
After steeping the tea and letting it cool down.. blend tea, ice, and cream to make a slush. Pour over tapioca pearls and enjoy! I usually add about 1 tablespoon of cream to a glass of tea- this may also vary depending on your taste.
** To prepare tapioca pearls: Hard boil for 5-8mins. Let sit for another 5mins. Quickly rinse w/ warm water.
If you are unfamiliar w/ bubble tea, here’s an informative link about its origin and usage.
Make you own Thai tea today!
‘Til next post, Kellie.