Teh Tarik

'Teh tarik' literally translates to 'pulled tea' which is a popular drink widely sold at 'Mamak' restaurants in Malaysia. It is a Malaysian Ceylon milk tea specialty.

5 stars

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 5 mins


Ceylon Milk Tea with Condensed Milk, Malaysian Hot Milk Tea

Malaysian, Singaporean, Bruneian

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Nutrition per Serving

41 kcal
7 g
1 g
1 g

The preparation of this delicious teh tarik is fun as it is made by transferring it from one mug into another lifting it as high as possible. The art of preparation of this delightful tea has became so popular that in recent years, a number of competitions were held to find the best participant who could prepare it in the most exciting way.

Transferring the cup of tea at a high angle is not the only criteria as creativity and taste are also taken into consideration.

The art of transferring the cup of tea is definitely fun and some swore that it actually makes the tea tastes better as it creates a layer of frothiness at the top making it lips-smacking good. That is what teh tarik is all about. You can generally find it at 'Mamak' eateries and is best if enjoyed with the famous 'Roti Canai' flat bread and Dhal Curry.

However, it is important to select the right type of tea leaves to ensure a perfect cup of teh tarik. I had tried experimenting with many types of tea of the European brands but they are nowhere near the classic taste of the teh tarik which I grew up with.

The best choice is to use the 'Boh Teh Tarik' tea leaves. If you are unable to get hold of them, try Boh or Lipton tea leaves which are sold in sachets or as loose tea leaves. That would do just as well.

Ensure that the tea leaves are steeped long enough so that you would be able to savour the tantalizing taste of the tea infused with the sweetness of the condensed milk coupled with its rich aroma as you take each sip.


3 tsp
ceylon tea
2 tsp
condensed milk (sweetened)
250 ml

Steps to Prepare

Teh Tarik Step 1

Step 1 of 2

    • 3 tsp ceylon tea
    • 2 tsp condensed milk (sweetened)
    • 250 ml water
    • salt

Steep Ceylon tea in hot water for 3 minutes. Pour tea into a large mug. Add condensed milk using a spoon which is placed in salt water. This is to add some saltiness to the tea.

Teh Tarik Step 2

Step 2 of 2

Transfer the tea from one large mug to another. Try not to exceed 5 times or it might turn cold. To make the tea frothier, cautiously lift the mug of tea as high as possible before pouring it into another mug. Increase the ingredients according to the number of servings. Tea leaves can be steeped for up to 3 times.

Published: June 25, 2016

1 Discussions

Shane Criss
4 years ago

Shane Criss

I wanted to try this after learning about the drink in Coffee Talk. I'm planning on making it tomorrow and having my tea-loving friend give it a shot.

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