Teh Tarik is more than a drink, it is almost a way of life in Malaysia and Singapore. If you haven't had a Teh Tarik while traveling through the region, you haven't truly been here. Teh Tarik is made of really strong black tea, hot water and condensed milk. To mix it all up the tea is poured from one cup to the other in an artistic style - that's where drink got its name from - Teh Tarik - pulled tea. This way of preparation mixes the ingredients thoroughly, creates a layer of froth on top and already cools it down a bit.
The perfect snack to go down with a Teh Tarik is Roti Canai.
You can also order the drink in cold version with ice - Teh Ais.
Another version is to add some ginger - Teh Halia.
As almost any drink in the region it is quite sweet, to lessen the sweetness ask for less sugar (kurang manis) - Teh Tarik kurang manis.
video of the making of a Teh Tarik:
black tea, condensed milk
good balance of tea and condense milk - smooth taste
What's not good?
too much tea (bitter) or too sweet
Where to find?
Teh Tarik has been brought to Malaysia from southern India and can be found at any Indian Mamak restaurant and stall. However, it became so deeply entrenched in the local culture that it is available anywhere from Kopi Tiam cafes to Malay restaurants.
Mamak Stalls / Restaurants
restaurant type | Indian, Mamak Mamak stalls are restaurants in Malaysia run by Muslim Indians.
side dish | Indonesian, Malay Minangkabau specialty with beef cooked with coconut and spices for hours