Malaysia, a country abundant with culture, charisma and charm, not only offers the country itself a wide range of holidays for all travellers, but also for all drinkers. Due to the make-up of the countries, ethnicities range from Chinese to Portuguese, and everything in between.
When it comes to drinks and Malaysia, tea was and is, the topic of conversation. Chinese Invaders first introduced tea to Malaysia to tea which was then ultimately grown in Malaysian countryside, the stunning tea plantation region known as the Cameron Highlands. Within the green bowl of Malaysia, lies the leading brand Boh black Tea with its tours showcasing the tourists and travellers alike, how it is made, raised and devoured in its masses. The tea is drunk both hot and cold and a large amount of cream and sugar (both of which the Chinese never do).
Latte art, flat white art, coffee art is definitely available in all of Malaysia, but most commonly in the state of Penang. Ruled by Portuguese settlers, this small state fights back with its beautiful artwork which can range from its drinks to its streets. One example is this adorably cute and rather skilful, bear.
The most iconic of tea drinks, is teh tarik. A blend of black tea and condensed milk. Sold from street vendors to expensive restaurant, this really is the tea of the country. The name itself derives from the method of how it is made, a process of “pulling”, which in essence is transferring from one glass to another at great heights to make sure each liquid is fully submerged into one another. Amongst the streets, tea vendors will compete as to who has the highest creating a crowd and in turn a atmosphere which can only be witnessed.
Trends have diversified away from the sugar and cream laden drinks towards loose-leaf and herbal teas which are mostly available in tea and coffee houses in Kuala Lumpur.
The Islamic status of Malaysia, tied with its diversity, is what makes the country, and its drink industry, thrive.