Monday, 8 August 2011
Taking tea, Malaysian style
Teh tarik, or pulled tea, is enjoyed by everyone in Malaysia. Literally translated it means "pulled tea" and consists of strong, hot, black tea mixed with sweet condensed milk, as simple as that, but then it's poured repeatedly from one metal mug into another at increasing distances. The pouring or "pulling" serves to mix the ingredients thoroughly and enhance the flavour, cool the tea to an acceptable level, and to produce a foaming, frothy top, rather like a cappuccino.
Of course it has developed into something of an art form and you can find demonstrations and competitions everywhere.