Cha Yen or Cold tea in Thai is their version of Iced Tea since Iced teas are popular around asia (tarik tea of malaysia, pearl milk tea of hong kong, pandanus tea of the philippines, bubble tea of Singapore, etc). It is made from strongly-brewed powdered black tea. The Iced tea is usually made to order at the assorted food stalls and street vendors and they brew the strong black tea and mix some coconut milk and condensed milk to make it creamy and add large volumes of crushed ice to make it froth and look good! it is a nice drink when eating the spicy thai food as we all know that milk is the best liquid to counteract the spicy taste instead of water!
Fondest memory: Locally, it is served in a traditional tall glass and when ordered take-out, it is poured over the crushed ice in a clear (or translucent) plastic bag. it is available everywhere and is even peddled by street vendors wherein they put in it big 500 ml plastic glass containers with lots of ice. it cost about 25 Baht a glass but in restaurants, it cost 40-56 baht! try one now!
it is available everywhere!