Ginger Milk Tea (Teh Alia)

  • Serves

    serves 4-6

This tea is finished with sweetened condensed milk, in yet another example of Singapore's propensity for fusing ingredients. To create a nice, frothy head, pour the tea back and forth several times between two cups before serving.


  • 1 (7-inch) piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 3 12 cups strongly brewed strained black tea, such as assam
  • 12 cup milk
  • 14 cup sweetened condensed milk


Step 1

Put ginger and all its juice onto several layers of cheesecloth; bring up edges to form a purse. Squeeze purse over a bowl, extracting as much ginger juice as possible (you should have 4–5 tbsp.). Discard purse. Put ginger juice and 1⁄2 cup sugar into a small pot and heat over medium heat just until sugar dissolves to make a syrup; let cool. In a pitcher, mix ginger syrup with tea, and milks; stir well. Serve hot or over ice.

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