Teh Tarik, the unofficial national beverage of Malaysia stems from a complex history of colonialism and a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and British influences. Today, the drink is used as a metaphor for bringing together different cultures and ideas to foster a movement of understanding and generostiy. On a two week road trip up the western coast of Malaysia, I followed this history of teh tarik and explored why it has become such an influential aspect in Malaysian culture. Published with the BBC in January 2022.
Teh Tarik, the unofficial national beverage of Malaysia is a growing symbol for tolerance and cultural diversity.