One of those comfort foods. Teh Tarik literally means “pulled tea”. Some may call it “stretched tea”. Who cares!
This can be found in humble coffee shops all over Singapore and Malaysia and costs less then US$1 per cup. Made with black tea and sweetened condensed milk. Then the hot milk tea is “pulled” from one pitcher to another back and forth several times which cools the beverage a little and gives it the signature froth. No fancy cappuccino machines needed. Just a pair of skilled hands. Some even do tricks with this maneuver. Arching their backs while catching the tea, or dancing and spinning around. Very entertaining to watch, I must say.
And of course, the higher you pull the milk tea, the frothier it becomes. You have to be very careful when pouring the tea, or you’ll end up scalding yourself with a milk tea shower! Not a pretty sight!
Teh Tarik from Indian stalls are the best. Flavor is so rich and creamy and damn good!
-hazrock, pull me under