Second to the street noodle vendors, the next most popular street stalls you’ll see are the drink stalls. These aren’t too easy to miss, with their main display usually being rows of tins of Carnation milk.
These stalls come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and now some vendors are going more up-market and starting to sell their drinks from smaller shop unit.
Being in one of the hottest countries in the world, it’s lucky these places are located just about every 10 feet away from each other.
It’s not only these drink stalls that are easy to spot, it is also the customers who have been there to purchase their drinks and are walking down the street with them in their distinguishable plastic bag with a straw or in their clear or often colourfully decorated cup.
These stalls most definitely the best place to buy drinks, not only are they cheap, the drinks are made while you wait, and they’re tasty and really refreshing.
So what are the drinks that these stalls actually offer you? Here are some of the most popular choices:
Thai iced tea or cha yen is made from strongly brewed black tea and is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance.
Dark Thai iced tea or cha dam yen is Thai tea served chilled with no milk content and sweetened with sugar only.
Lemon Thai tea or cha manao is similar to Dark Thai iced tea, but flavoured with lemon and sweetened with a little amount of sugar.
Thai iced coffee or Kaffe Yen is brewed using strong black coffee, sweetened with sugar, heavy cream, and quickly cooled and served over ice. Some variations are brewed using espresso. Thai iced coffee can be served with whipped cream on top for a layered effect.
Fruit shakes you can usually choose your desired fruit which will then be whisked together with ice in a blender. The most popular shakes to be found on the street stalls are watermelon, pineapple, lemon and orange. Totally refreshing!
Fruit soda – Similar to a fruit shake but the ice is replaced with soda water. The most popular and refreshing are lemon and orange. The fruit can also be replaced with a popular Thai fruit syrup called Hales Blu Boy which comes in a variety of flavours including Cream Soda, Jasmine, Strawberry and more.