I wanted to see if anyone has any more info about making Thai Tea or Cha Yen, not from pre-mixed and flavored tea, instant powder, or liquid. There was a start years ago http://forums.egulle...-thai-iced-tea/ but it never really answered the question.
None of the recipes I've found on the internet seem to capture it. The post from a person from Thailand was not helpful either, as I know that Thai Tea in a restaurant is not made from Jasmine tea in canisters. I have used this tea and it's not 'Thai Tea'. Maybe the poster did not understand the question and was thinking iced tea and not cha yen?
Thai tea, at least in my opinion, is related to Masala Chai - the Indian spiced tea. It's tea with other flavors from spices, herbs, and ?. Not sure which came first, but, tea in India is not that old a custom. Maybe someone knows the history of this, but at least some information leads me to think it's from India as some people say the basis of the tea used to be Assam or Ceylon black tea.
I've not really found the perfect recipe. The tea - or cha you buy in a Thai grocery simply says tea, flavorings, spices, and artificial coloring. I don't need the artificial flavoring buy the way. If anyone has a great recipe that tastes like the restaurant one, please post.