Teh Tarik: A glass from the kitchen to the table

Teh Tarik is a popular beverage most commonly ordered at a Mamak Malaysian hawker street stall.  Teh Tarik also known as ‘pulling tea’ or “pulled tea” is the drink’s name in Malay and the reference to how it is made.

1909384_1246098522072202_6510159600196901105_oThe Tarik is famous for its technique of cooling a brew of hot tea and milk and is performed by the process of adding evaporated and condensed milk to hot boiling water. One the water has boiled; the pouring and “pulling” of the tea is transferred into a tin mug and strained to and from a mug. The tea is then poured from a height of about a metre into another mug. This process of “pulling” the tea is repeated a number of times until a layer of thick froth forms over the drink before it is served. The tea should preferably be “pulled” longer than an arm’s length. The “pulling” process cools the tea and enhances its flavour. When served, glass cups or mugs are used so that customers can see and appreciate the display of showmanship and tradition displayed as well as, enjoy the perfect mixture.

To create the Teh Tarik, it is combined with key ingredients. Teh tarik is made with tea leaves placed in water just before it boils. Spices such as cardamom, cloves and ginger can be added together with the tea for added flavour to create a rich blend of fragrant black tea. To sweeten the flavour of the tea, the proportion of sweetened condensed milk is added and in some cases, a spoonful of sugar can be used to enhance the various elements of the tea.


It is no wonder why the Teh Tarik drink is adored by the locals, tourists and people worldwide. Most in particular, tourists who enter into Malaysia and flock to the Mamak Malaysian hawker streets stalls to sample the best beverages Malaysia has to offer. The Teh Tarik is a common staple among locals and provides the perfect accompaniment to any dish whether eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or suppertime.  So, once you’ve got your hands on a hot cuppa Teh Tarik, we encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy all the goodness of Malaysia in one glass!


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