Oliang (also known as Oleang) is the original name of traditional Thai iced coffee. Unlike the iced coffee in many other countries, Oliang is not only made with plain coffee but a complete blend of coffee and several other ingredients. The most common additives are corn, soy beans and sesame seeds, among others. It is usually available in the form of powder similar to normal ground coffee.
The name “Oliang” is composed of the words “O” (black) and “Liang” (cold). These words stem from the Teochew dialect which is spoken by a large number of Thai Chinese people.
Traditionally, Thai iced coffee is brewed with a so-called thung tom kafae, a filter made from a muslin bag that is attached to a metal ring with a handle. In Thailand, the same filter is also used for the popular Thai (iced) tea.
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