Thai Iced Tea Yumfactor: 5 out of 5 tongues and a taste bud (I know the rating system stops at 5 but I could not resist!)
What Is Thai Iced Tea??
I love Thai cuisine for the mixture of complex spicy flavours and bold sweetness. Often times, you will find curries, coconuts and other spices that enliven the exotic, beautiful cuisine. If you frequent Thai restaurants, you would have noticed the Thai Iced Tea (or simply Thai Tea) menu option, probably trying it on for size. For those of you who do not know what this delicious drink is, it’s basically a mixture of brewed black tea, sharp star anise, cinnamon, sugar and orange food coloring; Some recipes call for tamarind and other exotic items as well. The tea is brewed and condensed milk or evaporated milk is added, along with ice yielding a deliciously adventurous and unforgettable beverage.
This drink is beautifully balanced in a sweet richness that is deliciously exotic and bold. The coloring is striking, and the contrast of the white milk poses as eye candy. Even though you may not enjoy the spicy and sweet combination, I highly recommend this product. Be warned, though this drink can be like a mojito! Hit or miss as some restaurants add too much water (obviously making them from pre made ingredients that add water and serve) or do not have enough sugar. Tin Drum is a restaurant that carries good Thai Iced Tea. You can also buy Thai Tea powder online. Here are the links I found: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GWYA_enUS315US315&q=buy+thai+tea&aq=f&aqi=g4g-m2&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
Thai Tea Ice Cream
Also, there are ice cream recipes that use Thai Tea. Not only is the color vibrant, but I am almost positive the dish is amazing as well. Click the photo for the link.