Teh Tarik is a South East Asian milk tea beverage usually sold in Indian stores all around Malaysia. It’s preparation which consists of repeatedly transferring the hot beverage from one metal cup high up in the air to another at the bottom has thus given it its name in Malay which means ‘pulled tea’. Teh Tarik is simply made from black tea, condensed milk and evaporated milk.
By ordering the beverage, the quirks of its preparation method is sure to vie for oohs and aahs especially from people who are seeing it for the first time. The reason for such an acrobatic act is not purely for entertainment or for swagger but to cool the hot beverage down to an optimum temperature for easier consumption. This also makes the beverage frothy with bubbles on the top making the beverage more enjoyable. But of course controlling a stream of hot milk tea from a height is always an amusing sight to behold.
Teh tarik is a popular drink to accompany Malay and Indian meals such as nasi lemak and roti canai. This warm, simple and unpretentious beverage has also become somewhat a national drink for Malaysians. Locals have even coined the term ‘TT Session’ or Teh Tarik Session, used to describe a casual meeting with friends over a cup of tea at the mamak stall. So if one wants to know how to kick it off with the locals, a simple treat to this delicious beverage will be the right way to go.