Ever heard of a method of tea preparation called “Thai tea pulling”? To “pull” means to pour the drink when it is being made. Condensed milk, evaporated milk, and black tea are used in this preparation. A thick, frothy top is created by continuously pouring the mixture between two pots.

“Pulling” the tea “involves pouring it back and forth briskly from one jug or mug into another at least four times so that air can mix with the liquid” and create delicious blends.

This method makes the milk tea varieties of Cha Tuk Chak unique, according to Marie Angeli De Leon, owner of the first branch of Cha Tuk Chak Thai Street Cafe located at City Soho Mall in Cebu City.

The opening of the branch last Dec. 10, 2022 marked the official entry of the Cha Tuk Chak in the Visayas.

Known for bringing the authentic flavors of Thailand to the Philippines, Cha Tuk Chak boasts flavorful teas and ingredients that will please every palate.

Traditionally, Thai tea is composed of black tea, condensed milk, and ice, but when tea began to appeal to Western palates, food coloring was added to make it more palatable. At Cha Tuk Chak, expect to taste authentic Thai flavors with every sip.

De Leon said the name Cha Tuk Chak is a combination of the Thai words for tea (Cha), a popular mode of transportation in Thailand (Tuk), and “Thai tea pulling” method from Thailand (Chak).

Cha Tuk Chak’s interiors, a combination of local and Thai design, coupled with its team of highly passionate baristas, will make one feel like being transported to a local Thai cafe.

Now, getting your fix of authentic Thai milk tea has never been easier. Grab one of its signature milk teas or try its incredibly sized “titan” varieties.

Cha Tuk Chak Thai Street Cafe at City Soho Mall, B. Rodriguez Street, Cebu City, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. S