food

Noon Chai

In the long line Chai varietals, this one is robust, flavorful, and it just might be the prettiest.

food

Noon Chai

In the long line Chai varietals, this one is robust, flavorful, and it just might be the prettiest.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon wuyi oolong tea leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed to expose the seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Garnish: finely chopped, raw sliced almonds and pistachios

Steps

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil then bring down to a simmer.
  2. Add tea, baking soda, salt, and spices, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes of light simmering, add 2 cups of cold milk + sugar and turn up heat to high.
  4. Continue to cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just comes to a boil.
  5. Strain and serve with finely chopped almonds and pistachios on top.