Thailand consumes around 2 lb of tea per capita per year.
A culinary giant with a global reputation, Thailand is also a country famous for tea production.
The favorite tea of Thai people is Oolong, which is also the one they produce the most.
History of Thai Tea
Tea in Thailand dates back centuries ago mainly to improve the country’s international reputation as an opium producer.
Also, the Thai tea culture was heavily influenced by Chinese migrants who brought their tea traditions to Thailand.
The actual habit of tea drinking across the country exists since the reign of King Rama IV at the beginning of the 19th century.
Thai Tea is the most common herbal beverage in Thailand. Its base is Ceylon tea.
Thailand Tea Culture
Thai people drink 3-8 cups of tea per day, depending on the variety.
The most iconic drink in the country is Thai tea, gaining international fame and is served in tea rooms and cafes worldwide.
Drinking tea in Thailand is an everyday ritual starting early in the morning and it is consumed throughout the entire day.
Tea in Thailand is brewed on the streets, in cafes, in homes, touristic sites, temples, and anywhere you can imagine.
As an essential part of Thai culture, tea is more than just a drink they offer to guests. It’s rather the highest gesture of hospitality and friendship.
Thai tea is an exceptional infusion of Ceylon tea, granulated sugar, and milk with flavorful spices like cardamom, star anise, and crushed tamarind. Some Thai tea variations also include cinnamon sticks and vanilla.
The greatest thing about Thai tea is that is mostly served as iced tea, suitable for the local temperatures.
Thai Tea Recipe
Steep 2 tbsp of loose-leaf Ceylon tea, 1 pod star anise, 2 pods cardamom, tamarind powder depending on your taste, and/or vanilla and cinnamon for 5 minutes.
Strain the tea and let it cool for a few minutes. Add a tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk.
Pour over a glass full of ice cubes and stir. Your iced Thai tea is ready to be enjoyed!