Thai tea culture has a rich history that dates back centuries. From formal tea ceremonies to everyday tea-drinking habits, tea has played an essential role in Thai culture and is a beloved beverage today. In honor of International Tea Month this May, White Coconut Thai Restaurant is diving deeper to explore some Thai tea culture and traditions. And in the meantime, when you’re looking for the best MA Thai food, you’re always welcome to join us at White Coconut.
Tea was first introduced to Thailand in the 16th century by Chinese immigrants. It quickly became popular and was soon grown in the country’s northern region, where the climate was suitable for tea cultivation.
In the early 20th century, tea production in Thailand was further developed when the government established a tea research station in Chiang Mai. The station helped improve Thai tea’s quality and promote its consumption domestically and abroad.
Today, Thailand is known for its high-quality tea, with green tea being the most popular variety. Other types of tea commonly consumed in Thailand include black tea, oolong tea, and herbal teas.
One traditional tea ceremony in Thailand is called “khruang cha.” This formal tea ceremony is typically performed to honor respected guests or celebrate important occasions. During the ceremony, tea is brewed and served in small cups. Guests are expected to drink the tea in three sips. The first sip is for pleasure, the second sip is for the taste, and the third sip is for reflection.
Another tea tradition in Thailand is the use of “nam dok anchan.” This type of blue butterfly pea flower tea is known for its beautiful blue color. It’s often served with a small amount of honey or lime juice. It’s also believed to have health benefits such as reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation.
Whether you’re sipping a cup of green tea in a cafe or attending a formal tea ceremony, Thai tea culture is an experience worth exploring. If you’d like to explore our tea options at White Coconut, we encourage you to check out our menu. You’ll be able to find our seasonal ginger tea along with other Thai teas. We look forward to seeing you!