Thai tea when ordered in Thailand is a drink made from strongly-brewed powdered red tea. Other ingredients in the powder vary, but may include added star anise, tamarind or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated or whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving--it is never mixed prior to serving--to add taste and creamy appearance. It is popular in Southeast Asia and in many American restaurants that serve Thai or Vietnamese food, especially on the West Coast.