Cha Yen ชาเย็น, commonly known as Thai Ice Milk Tea, is not new to Singaporeans. This tea is typically made from a strong brewed Ceylon tea with added yellow food colouring for that distinct bright orange color. In recent times, a local variant of assam tea is also used instead of the higher priced Ceylon.
This chilled Thai tea comes with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled or with ice. Evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk is generally poured over the tea right before serving to give a layered appearance internationally, but it’s really all just blended together when ordering in Thailand.
With the ever-sweltering weather beating down on Singapore, what usually comes to our mind to combat the heat? That’s right, a cup of cold and satisfying Milk Tea!
1. New Udon Mookata (Golden Mile)
You can get this decent tasting Thai Iced Milk Tea at just $1.50 (Whoaaaaa, cheap right?) at level one of Golden Mile. I reckon that for a chance to try authentic thai food/drink, this is the place to go. I tried a couple of Cha Yen from different shops in Golden Mile, and this is one of my favourites here.
The drink is built on the spot upon ordering like at a Kopitiam instead of being pre-mixed like some shops. Did I mentioned the cup was filled with 90% ice? Hmm, cheap so can’t really complain about that. Creamy rich taste of milk, sweeter than most and has a really smooth texture although gets diluted really fast from all the ice. A slight bitter aftertaste though, big cup, perfect (and cheap) to combat the hot weather.
New Udon Thai Food: #01-55, Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, 199588 | Website