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Oliang (Thai: โอเลี้ยง, pronounced [ʔōːlía̯ŋ], from Teochew dialect 烏涼 or Pe̍h-ōe-jī: o͘-liâng), commonly known as Thai iced coffee. Thai coffee drink known as "oliang" is popular in Thai restaurants around the world.


The name is derived from the Teochew dialect, the language spoken by the majority of Thai Chinese, indicating that oliang is from China. The word "o" means "black" and "liang" means "cold". Oliang is black iced coffee.

Oliang recipes vary. It is prepared from a mixture of coffee, brown sugar, and various grains and seeds like cardamom, corn, soybeans, rice, and sesame seeds.[1]


Traditionally, oliang is brewed with a tungdtom (Thai: ถุงต้ม) (Thai coffee filter), a tea/coffee sock with a metal ring and handle to which a cotton cloth bag is attached, It is also used for making Thai tea. To make Thai coffee, put the oliang into the coffee sock and pour boiling water through it into a carafe. Let the bag steep for approximately 10 minutes until strong. Oliang is sometimes served with condensed milk, or with a small pitcher of evaporated milk, and one of simple syrup with which the drinker can sweeten the oliang to their taste.


Black coffee with ice = oliang

Black coffee with condensed milk = gopi

Black coffee with ice and fresh milk = oliang - yoklo

Black coffee with condensed milk, ice, and fresh milk = iced coffee


  1. ^ Thomson, Julie R. "These Iced Coffee Recipes From Around The World Will Inspire You To Upgrade Your Morning Brew". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 February 2016.

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