Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Malaysian Space Tea

Okay, that's a slightly misleading headline. To the best of my knowledge, there is no such thing as Malaysian space tea.

But I didn't just make this one up. There is actually such a thing as a Malaysian astronaut, if you can imagine that. He will go into space next year aboard a Russian rocket and will attempt to make teh tarik, described as "the nation's favourite hot drink."

As a recent Reuters article has it, "Making teh tarik (pulled tea) can be tricky and dangerous, even with the help of gravity. Malaysians pour boiling-hot milky tea swiftly and repeatedly from one vessel held high in one hand into another held low, producing a distinctive layer of froth."

Sounds like a pretty interesting piece of business, given the behavior of hot liquids in a zero gravity environment. I think I'd want to have my suit on while this feat's being carried out.

Here's the link to the Reuters article.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about teh tarik.

Here's a piece we did in early July on tea in space.

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