The Perfect Thai Iced Coffee

I pretty much stick to four main food groups here in Thailand: Iced Coffee, Fruit, Noodles, and Food On A Stick. Every day, I eat something from each group. I’ve made it my personal mission to find the best in each of these groups, and today I’m going to show you the best iced coffee in Chiang Mai. Don’t try and argue – I’ve tried DOZENS of places and this one wins, hands down. It’s also the cheapest place in the neighborhood!

I stop by this stand every day, and after about four days, the woman who works there started to recognize me. Now she starts on my coffee as she sees me approaching. Here’s how the perfect beverage is concocted:
First, she puts a spoon full of sugar and a spoon full of creamer into a small glass. 

Then, she pours Thai coffee into the glass. A lot of places make their iced coffee with regular brewed coffee, or worse, Nescafe, but this is the real stuff. It’s made from oliang powder, which is coffee mixed with a little bit of sesame and corn, poured through a muslin filter. Once the coffee is in the glass, she stirs it well to dissolve the sugar and creamer. Then she adds a generous spoonful of sweetened condensed milk and stirs. She fills a tall plastic cup with ice, and pours some evaporated milk over the top. Then, she pours the coffee mixture into the plastic cup that has the ice and evaporated milk. And there it is…the perfect Thai Iced Coffee!

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5 Responses to “The Perfect Thai Iced Coffee”


  1. 1 Alison March 6, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Aw man, we just finished up in Vietnam and Cambodia and it was absolutely fantastic, I just wish we had had MUCH more time in both places! Do you have an itenerary etched out yet? I will say, be extra careful with what you eat in Cambodia… I slipped up somewhere and my stomach felt the wrath!

    Sam said he emailed you about teaching in Korea, but feel to ask any questions! We are actually sitting in the Seoul airport on our way home, so sad (okay, and happy, too for the friends/family part!) Anyway, can’t wait to hear how your trip goes!

  2. 2 Cathy March 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    yum! Believe it or not, I also had a great cup when I was in Hawaii.

  3. 3 Erin March 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Yum! I am drooling over this. I got off work at 4:10am, and didn’t get to bed until 4:45, and I’m up again at 10:30am. SO… let’s just say I need some coffee! You’ve made me jealous. My options are McD’s, Starbucks, & Panera. I’d rather have what you’re drinking!

  4. 4 brannyboilsover March 9, 2009 at 1:05 am

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  5. 5 oneparticularkitchen March 9, 2009 at 5:02 am

    This looks so fantastic! Good iced coffee is a thing of beauty, is it not? Similar to how I make mine at home, but I cold brew the coffee, then mix with sugar and condensed milk.


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