Embracing the plant-based lifestyle in Malaysia

‘Teh Tarik’ Chia Pudding

‘Teh Tarik’ Chia Pudding

One of the Malaysia’s pride and joys of the ‘mamak’ stall (affordable and very casual Muslim Indian cafe) life is the Teh Tarik. Directly translated into ‘Pulled Tea’, the drink is made by pouring hot milk tea from one metal canister into another from an impressive height. Watching the tea being made can almost be a more impressive experience than drinking it!

With its high sugar content thanks to the condensed milk, it’s not the healthiest drink, but I’ve managed to create a dessert that is reminiscent of the creamy tea, but now with the addition of protein, fibre, omega fatty acids and a whole lot of other nutrients, all in the form of the small but well-revered chia seed.

I hope you enjoy the video, and have fun making this simple, nutritious, Malaysian-inspired pudding as dessert or even on its own as breakfast!


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May 9, 2017
: 2
: 2 hr 10 min
: Easy

Health and indulgence come together in this easy peasy pudding inspired by the iconic Malaysian drink 'Teh Tarik', or 'Pulled Tea'.


  • 60ml water
  • 150ml nondairy milk
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 local black tea bags
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • Step 1 Heat water to boiling point, then put in tea bags to steep for 5 minutes. You can poke bags gently with a spoon to encourage stronger steeping.
  • Step 2 Remove tea bags and mix tea water with milk and agave.
  • Step 3 Stir in chia seeds and allow seeds to soak up liquid for 5 minutes, then stir one more time to prevent clumping.
  • Step 4 Leave in fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight.

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