Teh tarik,Penang mai!
 
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Teh tarik,Penang mai!

by Kelvin Liew Peng Chuan
(Tanjong Tokong, Penang, Malaysia)

Farid, the Kedahan enjoying teh tarik at Mak Bedah's stall at UDA flats,Tanjong Tokong.

Farid, the Kedahan enjoying teh tarik at Mak Bedah's stall at UDA flats,Tanjong Tokong.

Yup, that's how a true blue anak Penang would pronounce teh tarik..all the 'ri's in Bahasa Baku would be 'gh' in Penang,and most parts of the northern states.

Well, as the title suggests..there's something different about teh tarik..made in Penang... it's not only in the way they say it you see...

What's teh tarik? It's simply English tea with milk and the tarik action literally translated as pulling that makes the bubbly froth in your cup of tea..yet don't let the froth fool you into believing it is a successful cup of teh tarik!

The froth is just the perfect 'form'. Yes,of course the froth pleases the eyes and induces you to salivate..yet,the taste is what that gives the final satisfaction.

Not too sweet, not too creamy..the old timers make it best like the Nasi Kandar Restaurant, Raffi (in Pulau Tikus) and the mamak stall at Dato Koyah...and the tea's neither too hot nor cool.It should be warm...warm enough to uplift you when you're down.

If Chinese tea is mainly favoured by Chinese at your local dim-sum restaurant, teh tarik is the drink for all. People from all walks of life,the illiterates and the professionals drink it. It is the drink that seals all racial barriers.

You can see Malay, Chinese, Eurasian, Indian..and all...sitting at the same table, besides sharing a common bond of friendship, they too sharing a common penchant for their favorite drink, teh tarik.

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Jul 10, 2009
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Indian Chai ..Malaysian Teh Tarik
by: Kelvin Liew Peng Chuan

haha,Peter, your comments evokes memories of my pilgrimage to India, visiting Buddhist holy spots..and yes, we do see lots of chai around...

but it's not really satisfactory..since it comes in tiny clay cups..and it'll be all over in a few gulps...sigh.. Indian roadside chais are not meant for small talk gatherings ..( ohw..how i love those clay cups..so much so that i smuggled it back home! )

oh , yes, and Nazlina...your combination is ..yes..definately delicious..but beware for health sake hehehehe...

the teloq's a killer ingredient in the roti..

you know, teh tarik gets along quite well with chapati, thosai, idli and vadai too!

Jul 09, 2009
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chai chai at the Indian railway stations
by: Peter

Your story reminds me of using the railway in India. Here you have the chai guys going around with their tiny cups, 3 sips done, always tasty, always great.

The pain was usually when those guys came in the train at 3pm or so... shouting: "chai chai", of course directly NEXT TO YOUR EAR.

But I traveled back to Europe, or came in Indonesia, China or Malaysia, I always missed those guys. Malaysia however has chai, teh tarek (tarik, whatever you want to spell) and always when I drink a cup, I have these memories of guys selling their tiny cups. Sometimes memories are good, sometimes...

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Roti teluq bawang satu!
by: Nazlina

My favorite will be teh tarik with roti telur bawang.. :-) That would be a perfect breakfast.

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