Addicted to Teh Tarik and Roti Canai in Malaysia

When I left Malaysia I left with an addiction.

It all started with a cup of Teh Tarik.

I had my first sip at a place called Nasi Kandar Pelita in Kuala Lumpur. But once I’d had a taste of this yummy drink, I couldn’t stop.

Before long, Teh Tarik was my beverage of choice and I was drinking several cups a day.

What makes it so good? Well there’s a certain craft to making this drink and it is quite fascinating to watch it being prepared. I shot a quick Vine video so you can see what I mean…

Making Teh Tarik in Kuala Lumpur

The Art of Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik Malaysia

Teh Tarik means “pulled tea” and it is made from black tea, sugar condensed milk and evaporated milk. The final drink is poured from a height between two cups to give it a lovely bubbly top and ensure the ideal drinking temperature. Pouring the perfect cup of Teh Tarik is an art form as it has to have that frothy perfection. The best showmen never spill a drop!

I love the sweet taste and the way it is never too hot…just perfect for drinking!


Teh Tarik is often the perfect accompaniment to Roti Canai- a circular flatbread found across Malaysia. It is typically made by twirling the dough until it becomes a very thin sheet then folding it into a circular shape. The folded dough is then grilled with oil.

Roti tastes soooo good with the various spicy dips they give you and it makes the perfect snack or light breakfast. The texture of Roti Canai is kind of soft on the inside but flaky on the outside, and it fills you up without having to eat a full meal.

I soon became obsessed and discovered all sorts of roti, including Roti Tisu (a kind of thin papery cone shape) and Roti Tosai (a thin crispy tube).

Now I am no longer in Malaysia I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms and can’t wait to go back so I can have my Teh Tarik/Roti Canai fix!

Roti Canai Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Different types of Roti in Malaysia

Roti Tosai in Malaysia

I visited Malaysia as part of the #DiscoverMalaysia blog trip with Malaysia Airlines. All opinions are my own.

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Angela
    Posted at 04:03h, 23 May Reply

    Teh Tarik is the best! Have you tried Roti Murtabak Ayam? So delicious! I still have to try Roti Canai.

  • Naomi
    Posted at 09:40h, 23 May Reply

    Oh man, I love these Southeast Asian drinks like teh tarik or Thai tea…but seriously have to limit myself to just (just!) one a day. That condensed milk is intense!!

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