Thai Iced Tea (Cha Yen)

Cha Yen – Thai iced tea is a concept all unto itself. From a region not known for their deserts, this cold and creamy glass of sweet goodness easily fills that void. Thai tea leaves are unique to northern Thailand and have a distinctive vanilla flavor and reddish color. Sweetened by canned sweetened condensed milk, this decadent drink can take any desert head-on.

Cha Yen – Thai Iced Tea

This sweet and creamy drink is an extremely popular treat throughout Thailand and in Thai restaurants everywhere. It can be served with a meal, as a snack, or for dessert. Kids love the creamy sweetness and, (not-so) secretly, adults do too.
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Course: Brunch, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Thailand
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Coffee maker


  • ½ cup Thai tea leaves
  • 12 cups Water
  • 14 oz Can of sweetened condensed milk
  • cups Whole milk or half and half


  • Put tea in a coffee filter and brew. Repeat to bring out the deeper reddish-orange color.
    Stir the condensed milk into the hot tea and allow it to cool to room temperature or chill in the refrigerator.
    To serve, fill tall glasses with ice and fill glass 3/4 full with tea mixture. Top off glass with milk or half and half. Stick in a straw and enjoy.


  • Vietnam has a similar drink except it uses special Vietnamese coffee instead of tea. 


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 202mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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