Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

January 27, 2020Van
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Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 1

The world runs on coffee. We all drink it. We all love it. The smell of it alone makes me crave dessert! But have you ever tried Vietnamese Coffee – aka cà phê sữa đá? With sweetened condensed milk, preferably strong, preferably over crushed ice.

I grew up with my mom making cà phê sữa đá on weekends – every once in a while she’d let me dip slices of baguette in it and as a 5 year old I thought it was such a treat – it’s a perfect balance of bitter & sweet. In Orange County, California where I grew up, it was the go to drink for anyone in the know who visited Little Saigon. Now decades later I see this drink show up on menus across the nation. From donut shops to coffee bars the word is finally out and these places are charging upwards of $4 a cup! Allow me to show you how the make the PERFECT cup at home—the authentic way using a true Vietnamese phin coffee press (purchase here). Sit back, relax. Get the water boiling and watch the coffee drip like sands of the hourglass. You’ll thank me later.

You’ll need an 8 oz Vietnamese Phin Drip Coffee Filter, Trung Nguyen, Cafe Du Monde or French Roast Coffee Grounds, and Sweetened Condensed Milk
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

Purchases an 8 oz Vietnamese Phin Drip Coffee Filter here
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

It should be dripping slowly enough to make a lovely caffeinated Rorschach image on the sweetened condensed milk. If it’s coming down in a stream, the filter is too loose.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

Use crushed ice or if you prefer these small gumdrop shaped ice cubes, purchase the trays here
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe (cà phê sữa đá)

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1

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Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Trung Nguyen, Cafe Du Monde or French Roast Ground Coffee
  • 3 Tablespoons Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ¾ Cup Boiling Hot Water
  • Ice
  • 8oz Vietnamese Drip Coffee Filter

Method

  • 1)

    Place 3 Tablespoons of Sweetened Condensed Milk into a large drinking glass. Place 4 Tablespoons of Coffee Grounds into the drip filter and give it a light shake to even out the grounds. Twist the press down, stop once you feel any resistance and place the filter on top of the glass. Pour about ¼ Cup of boiling hot water then wait 30 seconds to bloom the coffee grounds and to test the drip – if no water is passing through – loosen the press, then pour in the rest of the ½ Cup of boiling water and place the cover on . It takes about 5 minutes to drip. Stir well to combine the sweetened condensed milk. Add plenty of crushed ice and Enjoy!

    *If you want it to be a slightly thicker consistency like you usually get at the bánh mì shops or at a Vietnamese restaurant refrigerate the coffee for at least 30 minutes before adding ice.

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