Monday, March 5, 2012

Thai Iced Tea

I applaud you people who believe you can actually replicate something so exquisite in an instant.  Literally in an instant... mix.

Thai iced tea is one of my most favorite drinks in the whole wide world - the contrast of the bitter herby taste and creamy sweet goodness of milk is ahhh... yes, exquisite.  It's like mashing a temple and submerging the debris in half & half.  I can't believe I just said that, but that's how I feel whenever I have it.  Star of Siam (in Chicago) so far has the best Thai Iced Tea in my opinion.


It also somehow makes me feel less guilty, because it has "tea" so it's still good for you, right?  Right!  Anyway, so my friends and I where figuring out what it's actually made of - red tea with evaporated milk?  Condensed milk?  But where can I find the actual tea - that's obviously the hard part.  So in one of my random I-have-no-shopping-list shopping trips, this cute little canister greeted me "sawatdee"!


The photo on the can certainly looked very promising... and say what?  Just add hot water, ice, milk, and you're all set for creamy mashed temple debris bliss!  I was so excited, I cheated on my 2% fat milk and went for whole milk!  When I got home, I immediately looked for our little old kettle and started making my drink.  


Finally, the first sip... and... hello coconut!  Not exactly the taste I was hoping for, but I guess I was half-kidding myself expecting the real deal.  Ok, it's not too bad, but what's up with the vanilla-coconut flavor?  Can't you get more cliche than that?  So that's why I applaud you Mister David or Miss Tessa, or whoever you may be... I applaud the attempt.  But I suppose that's why they're selling your brave concoction at a discount store.


6 comments:

  1. Duds, do you want try making it from scratch. We got the authentic loose leaf tea here in LA. Make an iced pitcher any hot day.

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    1. yeah, i'll look for some tita marge! favorite eh!

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  2. as always, you are terrible in a good and funny way with your metaphors! like mashing a temple and submerging the debris in half & half?? LOL

    Spanish Pinay

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    1. YUMMMMM!!!! I love Thai iced tea! In the summer, sometimes I would stop at a Thai restaurant in the afternoon and just get Thai iced tea for takeout - haha! Dianne, do you have World Market/Cost Plus there? They have loose leaf Thai iced tea. I tried it at home and it was really good! It was not coconut-y (that's a technical term ;-)) Not that I mind coconut, but like you I also didn't like a heavy coconut flavor in this drink. But yeah bring on the condensed milk and whole milk!

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  3. i can't wait to go to world market - yeah, we have a couple here in chicago. mia - i'm happy for you! for some reason, i could not comment in your blog! and small world, my good friend lhot is also your follower.

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    1. Hi Dianne! Your comment did appear on my blog - actually it goes to my email first then I publish it from there (I used to get a lot of SPAM comments, so this is how I am trying to manage it). Actually your comment came in 3 times - most likely from you trying to post it? Sorry for the trouble...

      But glad to hear you have World Market! I always have to exercise self-control when I am in that store...

      On another note. Wish we lived in the same city... bet we would have so much fun. :)

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