Joy Hui Lin

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How Thailand Created One of Asia’s Most Delicious Ice Teas

Unlike ma-po tofu, a Chinese dish which traces back to one “acne-pocked-faced woman” the tofu dish is named after, the invention of Thai ice tea or “cha yen” as most of us know it, is a mystery lost to the ages.

But the unmistakable orange-hued drink — creamy, icy, and sweet — has won over the taste buds of people the world over. Not only can you get it in the classic form anywhere Thai food is served, bright orange, highly spiced, with a generous pour of evaporated milk over ice, you can find treats like Thai ice tea French macarons and Thai ice tea flavored ice cream as well.