The Invasion of Karak Tea in Bahrain

by Maheen Yasir

Wed, 14 August 2019


Karak belongs to the spice nation of South Asia who upped the game of this hot beverage by adding a touch of spice to it, the migration of expats lead it to be more popular in the middle east.

The recipe includes a right blend of water tea sugar and spices and evaporated milk makes the perfect tea popularly also known as ‘Masala Chai’.


The world runs on tea. Aside from water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world. The history of tea dates back to thousands of years. It was used in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink.


Wanderer by nature I have been to every nook and corner of Bahrain for the love of tea. From the highs of Riffa to the coastal belt of Muharraq, but the taste varies accordingly you will find a relatively stronger brew near the clock tower neighborhood while the north coastal area of Budaiya you will find a lighter more Asian blend.In the heart of Manama  near you will find an aromatic brew of saffron tea and a beautiful cafe with a variety of tea flavors

Near the Hidd fish market, you will find many cafeterias lined up but the Innovative Matka Tandoori chai (tea cooked on charcoal kiln in clay pots) is a tourist attraction.   Near the coastal belt of Amwaj Islands, there is a variety of tea from high-end cafes to English breakfast teas are available.

There are many Karak tea options available all around Bahrain you will find the cafeterias on most of the streets throughout the kingdom offering an array of drinks hot and cold Karak tea, Karak with ginger or saffron vimto drinks, tea bag tea, green tea, coffee, etc they even have go-to breakfast options.

 The popularity of this blend is such that even the famous food chains have introduced it on their menus. So the next time you feel like having a caffeine rush head to the nearest Karak Point.

 Filli cafe