Thai Tea Ice Cream
As its name implies, Thai tea originated from Thailand, a country located in Southeast Asia. Thai tea can be served either hot or cold, but it is much more popular served over ice. I have developed an affection for Thai iced tea recently and wanted to incorporate Thai tea in other ways though. I have been experimenting in combining tea and ice cream and it ended up with satisfying result. Therefore, I am gonna to incorporate Thai Tea with ice cream and compare its flavor with other tea ice cream flavors.
What is in Thai Tea?
The tea can be easily identified by its orange color and it is usually sweetened with condensed milk and sugar. The drink is made from black tea leaves with other ingredients such as orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed, and other spices. It also has sweet vanilla aroma to it.
The brewed tea color is bright orange as it contains artificial red and yellow food coloring. After I read several websites, I discovered that the food coloring may apparently be the same food dye that was used in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. If it is your first time brewing Thai Tea, please be careful not to spill the tea as the color is so orange and it may stain your clothes and furniture.
The Thai tea can be combined with either evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk. The milk is poured over the tea an ice before serving to add rich creaminess.
There are several brands of Thai Tea mix and Number One brand is the easiest to find in my area. Nowadays, it is sold in big supermarket and can be found in two flavor variants, which is Thai Tea and Green Tea. The package is like the picture above.
Thai Tea Ice Cream vs Other Tea Flavors
I am a big fan of tea ice creams. I have made another tea ice cream flavors, which is jasmine, earl grey, and black tea ice creams. Thai Tea Ice Cream tastes just like a cup of Thai Iced Tea. If I compare Thai Tea Ice Cream with anothers, most tea flavors only turned mild. However, Thai Tea Ice cream definitely surprised me because of its strong kicking tea flavor.
Serve with a drizzle of condensed milk on top of Thai Tea Ice Cream to create authentic Thai Tea flavor.
Thai Tea Ice Cream
Thai Tea in ice cream form.
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk (375 ml)
- 1/2 cup Thai Tea leaves (35 gr)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 gr)
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (375 ml)
- condensed milk optional for topping
Combine milk, salt and sugar in a large saucepan and bring to simmer over medium heat.
Remove from heat and add Thai Tea leave and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Strain the milk mixture through a fine mesh strainer and add heavy cream. Mix until combined.
Fridge the mixture overnight. Pour the ice cream base into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacture’s directions.
Store in airtight container in freezer for at least 4 hours.
Serve with a drizzle of condensed milk on top.