Teh Tarik: This Hot Malaysian Pulled Tea Was Created By Indian Muslim Immigrants
- Ritisha Garg
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
The name of this drink is derived from two words namely ‘Teh’ an Hokkein word for tea and ‘Tarik’, a Malay word for pulled.
A soothing cup of piping hot tea has been a go-to drink for millions of people around the world for ages. There’s no doubt that we don’t wait for any particular season or time to relish a comforting cup of tea. Have you ever heard of this Malaysian pulled tea? Teh Tarik is an enchanting hot milk tea that is quite popular in Southern Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. This hot milky drink derived its name from the pouring process of ‘ pulling’ the drink during the time of preparation. It is prepared from a strong aromatic brew of black coffee which is blended with condensed milk. Once the drink is ready, the mixture is poured back and forth between two vessels from a height. This is a part of the traditional process that helps in giving the drink a thick texture with a foamy top. Teh tarik is not just an ordinary beverage but also the national drink of Malaysia. Of course, this drink hailed from Malaysia but an interesting fact is that it was not created by Malaysians. The origin of this Malaysian drink can be traced back to the time when Indian Muslim immigrants were settled in the Malay Peninsula. These Indian Muslim immigrants had set up several drink stalls at the entrance of rubber plantations after the second world war to serve the workers. So if you are fascinated by this drink, look into the steps of making it at home. Here it goes.
- 2 tablespoons tea powder
- 1 glass of water
- 3-4 tablespoon condensed milk
Steps in the making-
- Take a glass and fill it with condensed milk.
- Meanwhile, brew a hot black tea using coffee powder and water.
- Once the black tea is ready, pour into the glass filled with condensed milk. Stir well.
- Transfer the tea into another cup. Continue to pour the mixture from one cup to another back and forth from a height until you notice a foamy head.
- Teh talua is finally ready to serve and relish.