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.
The 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.