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Hand holding clear glass filled with ice, pale orange Thai tea and bright green matcha.

Green Thai Tea

This green Thai tea has two kinds of tea: creamy, sweet Thai tea, and slightly bitter, refreshing matcha!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Japanese, thai
Keyword assam tea, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, matcha, nut-free, spices, tea, thai tea, vegan, vegetarian
Cook Time 5 minutes
Steep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 236 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 star anise pods
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons black tea leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons matcha
  • ice

Instructions

  1. In a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat, add the star anise and cloves. Toast for a few minutes, or until the spices are fragrant. Remove from the heat and cool.

  2. Crush the spices coarsely using the a mallet or a rolling pin.
  3. Heat the milk until steaming (I like to do this in the microwave for ease but you can do this on the stovetop). Add the black tea leaves and crushed spices to the hot milk, and let steep for 45 minutes. Remove the solids, pressing on them to release any liquid, then discard the solids. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and salt until combined. Cool slightly, then transfer to the fridge.
  4. While the Thai tea is chilling, make the matcha. Whisk the matcha into the hot water until smooth and frothy, then set aside.
  5. In your serving glass, add a handful of ice. Add the Thai tea, then the matcha. Give it a stir before enjoying!

Recipe Notes

You can substitute the matcha with sencha if you’d like.