Teh tarik (literally pulled tea in
Mandarin) is a hot tea beverage which can be commonly found in
restaurants and outdoor stalls in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Its
name is derived from the pouring process of "pulling" the drink during
preparation. It is made from black tea and condensed milk.
Left: Roti prata and teh
The mixture is poured back and forth repeatedly between two
vessels from a height, giving it a thick frothy top. This process cools the tea
to drinking temperatures, and helps to thoroughly mix the tea with the condensed
milk. It is also done to give the tea a stronger flavour.
An element of showmanship exists in the preparation of teh
tarik. The ability to drag a long stream of tea well over their heads is an
amusing novelty for the locals and tourists alike.
In Malaysia, there are occasions where teh tarik brewers gather for competitions
and performances to show their skills. Of late, teh tarik was recognized along
nasi lemak as part of the food and beverage
heritage of Malaysia by the Malaysian government ministry.