One of the most popular and traditional drinks in Thailand is definitely the revered Thai Iced Coffee or “Oliang” or “โอเลี้ยง” in Thai. The “O” stands for for black and “Liang” translates to iced or cold; best known as “black iced coffee”.  Visitors and locals know all too often how this iced coffee makes for an even better experience when you’re walking down the food markets with a glass filled with this deliciously iced beverage.

Thai coffee does not consist of just coffee beans but is a blend of Thai coffee, chicory, and green cardamom, which gives it a uniquely delicious taste. It can be enjoyed with or without milk. If it is topped with sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk, it is called Oliang Yok Lor (Pop A Wheelie Iced Coffee) or โอเลี้ยงยกล้อ in Thai.

Our recipe will bring you a taste of Thailand in a glass. Try and taste for yourself!

What you will need is:

6 Tbsp of Finely Ground Coffee

9 oz of Water

¼ Tsp of Ground Coriander Powder

4 or 5 Whole Green Cardamom Pods (Ground)

1 Tbsp Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 Tsp of White Sugar

6 to 8 Ice Cubes


1. Combine spices and coffee then brew coffee. Let cool.

2.  In a tall glass dissolve sugar in an ounce of the cooled coffee. (Becomes easier to mix than when you pour over ice)

3. Add the ice cubes to the tall glass and pour remaining coffee.

4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk to the coffee (If you would like that layered effect thats Instagram worthy, just place a spoon on top of the coffee and pour the condensed milk over.)  

You can also try the Thai-Chinese Traditional Method to brew the coffee - using a cloth strainer filter sock bag with handle and two stainless cans (as seen in the picture):

a. Put coffee in the sock bag, then put the bag into one of the stainless cans.

b. Pour hot water through the coffee sock bag. Once all coffee liquid is in the stainless can, put the coffee sock bag into the other stainless can and pour the coffee liquid through the coffee sock bag again. 

c. Repeat the process a couple of times to get the desired coffee concentration. Then follow the steps 2 to 4 of the Directions above.

Enjoy the Thai coffee and Let us know what you think!