Thai tea (also known as Thai iced tea) or “cha-yen” in Thailand, is a drink made from strongly brewed Ceylon tea. However, due to Ceylon tea’s high price, a locally grown landrace (traditional or semi-wild) version of Assam known as Bai Miang, with added food coloring is commonly used. Other ingredients may include added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance.

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