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.
Purchases an 8 oz Vietnamese Phin Drip Coffee Filter here
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.
Use crushed ice or if you prefer these small gumdrop shaped ice cubes, purchase the trays here