The Mamak community of Malaysia and Singapore, descendants of Indian and Malay marriages, have invented a hot beverage commonly called “pulled tea.” An ultra-strong brewed Orange Pekoe black tea, sweet from condensed milk, is dramatically tossed from one oversized stainless steel mug, to another in a long thin stream. This aerial agitation creates a nose-tickling foam on the sweet beverage, similar to the froth on a cup of cappuccino.
During this theatrical preparation the tea is not only poured from one vessel to another, but the mugs are pulled apart, creating a thin “thread” that connects the two vessels; hence the name: “pulled tea.” Mamak are known for running excellent kopitiam (coffee houses) where they serve this sweetened tea along with foods such as roti canai/paratha flatbread or lentil fritters.
Teh Halia Tarik is pulled ginger tea. To make it, just add one teaspoon of grated ginger to the tea leaves with each cup of tea you brew.
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