The origins of teh (tea) and kopi (coffee) tarik can be traced to Indian Muslim immigrants in the Malay Peninsula who set up drink stalls at the entrance of rubber plantations after World War II to serve the workers there. Since colonial times, teh and kopi tarik has been a popular Malaysian Indian cuisine for many in British Malaya and Singapore. Traditionally, teh and kopi tarik has been seen served with the Roti canai which is a popular breakfast set among Malaysians.
An element of showmanship exists in the preparation of teh and kopi tarik. The ability to drag a long stream of tea above the heads of the patrons without giving them a shower is an amusing novelty for the locals and tourists alike. In Malaysia, there are occasions where teh and kopi tarik brewers gather for competitions and performances to show their skills. Teh and Kopi tarik has become recognised along with nasi lemak as part of the food and beverage heritage of Malaysia by the Malaysian government ministry.
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