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Teh Tarik Recipe – Malaysian Pulled Tea

12/03/2016 (Last Updated: 16/08/2019)

This Southeast Asian sweet drink, locally known as teh tarik or “pulled tea”, is a blast to make in the kitchen (or out on the back lawn where it’s safe). Test your pouring skills to the max for the perfect froth on top of this addictive bitter sweet teh tarik recipe.

Close up of fresh, frothy teh tarik in glasses.

Why We Love This Recipe

Teh Tarik is pure bittersweet tea deliciousness whether you serve it hot or over ice. Hint hint: iced Teh Tarik in summer is the bessssst and totally addictive.

Either way, it’s the perfect sidekick to your favourite spicy Asian dish.

This morning we decided it was high time we recreated this recipe because:

  • We are totally addicted to hot frothy teh tarik during our Southeast Asian adventures and we love the buzz
  • We were just chatting with AiPing over at Curious Nut about our mutual addiction to jugs of Teh Tarik, (not that you usually find them in jugs, but you seriously should be able to, just saying), and
  • Because we absolutely needed to have one again like right now.

Dunking black tea bags into a clear glass.

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Three glasses of teh tarik lined up on a table.

What is Teh Tarik?

Teh Tarik (aka “pulled tea” in Malay) is a strong, hot tea mixed with sweet and creamy condensed milk that’s repeatedly poured (‘pulled’) between two cups or mugs until it transforms into rich, frothy tea heaven.

This process of ‘pulling’ Malaysian tea between two containers is the key to creating that lusciously thick and silky smooth texture.

How to Make Teh Tarik at Home

  • Place teabags in a mug and pour over boiling water. Steep for a few minutes until tea is dark and intense, then allow to cool for a few more minutes.
  • Add 2 tbsp condensed milk and stir until spoon is clean.

For the adventurous:

(Caution: Please be careful with hot tea to avoid a nasty burn!)

  • Pour the tea into a stainless steel jug, then pour into a mug or tea glass. Try to gain as much height as possible while pouring. Repeat until tea is frothy.
  • Serve hot or over plenty of ice for a chilled summer drink.

Step by step collage showing how to "pull" Malaysian teh tarik.

Teh Tarik Recipe Tips

  • Carefully increase the height as you pour the tea between the two jugs. This will help your aim get better as you go, but also help the tea become more and more frothy. 
  • For a delicious winter drink, serve hot! For a refreshing summer alternative, serve over ice. 

Pouring hot teh tarik between a jug and a glass.

FAQs

Does teh tarik have caffeine?

When made with regular black tea, teh tarik does contain caffeine. Black tea is naturally lower in caffeine than coffee

What is the difference between teh tarik vs milk tea?

Teh tarik is usually less sweet than other styles of milk tea as it is made with condensed milk only. Some styles of milk tea are made with condensed milk AND sugar – definitely a treat for the sweet-tooths out there!

Three frothy teh tarik glasses on a table.

Variations & Substitutes

  • Instead of using the traditional pulling method, you can get a similar frothy effect with a handheld milk frother or the steam wand on a coffee machine (which helps if you’re worried about messy kitchens or burnt hands). You can also use a tea infuser if you have one.
  • Authentic teh tarik uses tea dust or loose leaf tea strained in a cotton tea strainer, however our homemade version uses tea bags for a quick, convenient alternative.

Malaysian tea being poured into a glass from height.

But seriously, however you go about achieving it, you NEED the frothiness guys. It’s what makes this drink so awesome.

Just promise us you won’t go pouring hot tea all over yourselves. 

And now it’s your turn! Go make your very own Teh Tarik and enjoy that frothy goodness. We want to see your photos, so snap away and tag us in @wandercooks. And most importantly, have fun!

Can you beat my awesome pouring pattern? 😉

A clear glass of Malaysian teh tarik in the sunlight.

 

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Close up of fresh, frothy teh tarik in glasses.

Teh Tarik Recipe - Malaysian Pulled Tea

This Southeast Asian sweet drink, locally known as teh tarik or "pulled tea", is a blast to make in the kitchen (or out on the back lawn where it’s safe). Test your pouring skills to the max for the perfect froth on top of this addictive bitter sweet teh tarik recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Malaysian
Servings: 2 drinks
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • 2 tea mugs or cups
  • Kettle
  • Stainless steel jug for pouring to "pull" the tea

Ingredients

  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 tbsp condensed milk
  • Ice optional

Instructions

  • Place teabags in a mug and pour over boiling water. Steep for a few minutes until tea is dark and intense, then allow to cool for a few more minutes.
  • Add 2 tbsp condensed milk and stir until spoon is clean.

For the adventurous:

  • (Caution: Please be careful with hot tea to avoid a nasty burn!)
  • Pour the tea into a stainless steel jug, then pour into a mug or tea glass. Try to gain as much height as possible while pouring. Repeat until tea is frothy.
  • Serve hot or over plenty of ice for a chilled summer drink.

Notes

Tips

  • Carefully increase the height as you pour the tea between the two jugs. This will help your aim get better as you go, but also help the tea become more and more frothy. 
  • For a delicious winter drink, serve hot! For a refreshing summer alternative, serve over ice. 
 

FAQs

  • Does teh tarik have caffeine? When made with regular black tea, teh tarik does contain caffeine. Black tea is naturally lower in caffeine than coffee
  • What is the difference between teh tarik vs milk tea? Teh tarik is usually less sweet than other styles of milk tea as it is made with condensed milk only. Some styles of milk tea are made with condensed milk AND sugar - definitely a treat for the sweet-tooths out there!
 

Variations & Substitutes

  • Instead of using the traditional pulling method, you can get a similar frothy effect with a handheld milk frother or the steam wand on a coffee machine (which helps if you’re worried about messy kitchens or burnt hands). You can also use a tea infuser if you have one.
  • Authentic teh tarik uses tea dust or loose leaf tea strained in a cotton tea strainer, however our homemade version uses tea bags for a quick, convenient alternative.

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 74mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg
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26 Comments

  • Reply
    kim
    16/08/2019 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve never had anything like this, but I cannot wait to give it a try! It sounds cozy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/08/2019 at 2:04 pm

      Super cozy, but interestingly enough, it’s usually drunk in warm weather!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    16/08/2019 at 7:45 pm

    Sounds like a drink I must try! Very interesting

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/08/2019 at 2:04 pm

      Definitely, it’s quite sweet and super creamy. You’ll have to let us know what you think. 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    16/08/2019 at 7:42 pm

    The tea looks stunning! I’ve heard and read about this drink. It sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/08/2019 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Mary – enjoy!

  • Reply
    Lizzy
    16/08/2019 at 7:21 pm

    Terima kasih! (That’s Malay for thank you) – for sharing this recipe! I’ve been missing teh tarik since leaving Malaysia and literally never thought to make it at home! Genius!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/08/2019 at 2:03 pm

      Sama sama! 😀 So glad you liked it, and hope you get to re-create it at home.

  • Reply
    Emily
    16/08/2019 at 5:03 pm

    Hahaa I just imagine trying to do this first thing in the morning! Absolutely love this post and it looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/08/2019 at 2:01 pm

      Haha! Now that would be some entertainment. 😀 You can also try using a milk frother if you’re feeling lazy. 😛

  • Reply
    Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    13/03/2016 at 2:30 am

    I really want to try some teh tarik, sounds like the type of tea that I could do with in my life.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/03/2016 at 1:39 pm

      It is so good and creamy, especially once you get it frothed up – wow.

  • Reply
    Sarah
    13/03/2016 at 1:55 am

    Yes, yes and yes. This looks like the most perfect beverage!!! Delicious and satisfying, can’t go wrong!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/03/2016 at 1:41 pm

      We completely agree, hope you get to try the real deal in South East Asia too – you’ve been warned though, it is highly addictive!

  • Reply
    AiPing | Curious Nut
    13/03/2016 at 1:24 am

    No, you didn’t! *screams with delight.
    Ok, I’ve got to admit. As much as I love teh tarik. I don’t do the ‘tarik-king’ if you know what I mean. I leave that task to my hubs. That’s pretty much the only thing he does around the house. My job here on earth is to focus all my energy in consuming JUGS of teh tarik! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/03/2016 at 1:47 pm

      YESSSSS hahahaha. Oh the jugs. Delicious delicious jugs. We are sitting here at the moment sipping on NORMAL tea when we realised we could be out the back ‘tarik-king’ up a storm. What has happened to us? The situation will be rectified tomorrow, never fear! Well as you know, Laura has been pouring our teh tarik ever since I poured a jug of water on my hand in our practise session. Woops?!

  • Reply
    Felesha
    13/03/2016 at 12:25 am

    This looks just spectacular Can’t wait to try it!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/03/2016 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Felesha, enjoy!

  • Reply
    Noel
    12/03/2016 at 11:12 pm

    Love this!!
    Your sense of humor definitely shows in your writing, as a natural part of your voice.
    I’ll be trying this!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/03/2016 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks so much Noel! So glad you enjoyed the story 😀 Have fun ‘pulling’ the tea!

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    12/03/2016 at 11:04 pm

    That is my goal in the next month to capture pour shots — successfully!! WOW!! I’m amazed. I’ve been kinda sorta doing a far off version of your tea. I’m really a coffee drinker — big time!. Well hubby needs is decaf which does absolutely nothing for me so I switched to strong tea. I fell in love with Pu Ehr but it is hard to find so I’ve been buying black tea. Some is better than others so I’ve been adding the International Coffee cream to the tea. I don’t know if you guys get it in your neck of the woods but it comes in flavors, is thick as cream, and is sweetened. You can get lo-cal versions. So my Honey puts the “cream” in his coffee and I put it in my “tea”. Now me being nosey, do you remember what you had your camera set at for the shot?? I’ll have to do this on a timer unfortunately I only have two hands 🙁 Have a great weekend!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/03/2016 at 2:03 pm

      Hey Marisa! We had a fabulous weekend – a long one here over in Aus. We don’t have coffee cream here, but it does sound similar to condensed milk. Pu Ehr is quite a strong tea, we’ve tried it a few times but prefer the Tie Guan Yin – which is still savoury, but a little lighter in taste. No worries at all on the pour shot – I had the 50mm lens on, and the camera set at f4.0 @ 1/800 🙂 hope that helps Marisa! Pinch Of Yum has a great intro to the pour shot, biggest take away though is a faster shutter speed captures more action! http://pinchofyum.com/food-photography-10-tips-for-the-pour-shot 😀

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    12/03/2016 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my gosh this sounds AMAZING! I need to try this! best of luck with the house move too! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/03/2016 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! The good news is we now have a bed AND a kitchen table! Oh the joys of moving haha. Hope you enjoy the Teh Tarik!

  • Reply
    Ariana Omipi
    12/03/2016 at 6:14 pm

    I had never heard of this before but this looks so cool! The guy makes it look like such a fun experience to watch. Your recipe looks so easy I feel like even I could give it a go!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/03/2016 at 6:38 pm

      I was so happy I managed to pour the tea INTO the glass and not all over the lawn, and then I watched Mr Teh Tarik… I have a long way to go haha. 😛 Give it a try and let us know how you go! 😀

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