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  • What makes this cha-yen so fabulous is that it's simply smooth.

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  • Whenever I am eating at a nice Thai restaurant, I'm praying that the taste of their cha-yen won't ruin my experience.

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  • To those of you who prefer your tea lightly sweetened, heed my advice: The cha-yen at this East Village walk-up is best enjoyed in sips.

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  • This small, dingy, take-out cafe serves a strong, hearty version of cha-yen.

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  • Not that I called it that: In Thailand, the proper name for my beloved drink is cha-yen.

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  • The perfect cha-yen should be a harmonious blend of sweet, thick notes and finish off with a slight tea essence.

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  • I believe Montien has achieved the perfect fluidity that is necessary for any proper cha-yen concoction, as well as a balance of tea and sweetness.

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  • "Thai iced tea", a popular tea drink in Thailand and the U.S.; strongly brewed black tea (traditionally Ceylon tea) with additional ingredients, usually orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind, sugar and condensed milk or cream.

    January 25, 2013