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Teh tarik

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Teh tarik (literally "pulled tea") is a hot malaysian tea beverage which can be commonly found in restaurants, outdoor stalls and kopi tiams in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Its name is derived from the pouring process of "pulling" the drink during preparation. It is made from black tea and condensed milk.

Preparation


The mixture is poured back and forth repeatedly between two vessels from a height, giving it a thick frothy top. This process cools the process fluid (tea) to optimal drinking temperatures, and helps to thoroughly mix the tea with the condensed milk. It is also done to give the tea a better flavor. This is often compared to the decantering of wine to improve the flavor function. If a Malaysian customer wanted to order a high-quality teh tarik, they would say "Teh tarik satu!" which translates as "One teh tarik!" or "Satu teh talek, bagus punya!" which translated as "One teh tarik, a good one please!".

Culture


An element of showmanship exists in the preparation of teh tarik. The ability to drag a long stream of tea above the heads of the patrons without giving them a shower is an amusing novelty for the locals and tourists alike.

In Malaysia, there are occasions where teh tarik brewers gather for competitions and performances to show their skills. Teh tarik has become recognised along with nasi lemak as part of the food and beverage heritage of Malaysia by the Malaysian government ministry.

Variations

  • Kopi Nabla, Pulled Kopi which is Found in BSS, Semenyih.
  • Teh Halia, Ginger Tea which is also found in various coffee shops.


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References

Teh tarik, en.wikipedia.org

How to make Malaysian tea (teh Tarik)?, uk.answers.yahoo.com

TEH TARIK, www.tea-mr.com