Need a pick me up in the afternoon? Prefer your coffee extra strong and sweet? We got you covered with this Vietnamese iced coffee. This 3 ingredient coffee drink will make you say “where have you been all my life?”
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
I would say drinking Vietnamese iced coffee is like drinking rocket fuel, it will keep you energized all day. When you combine highly concentrated coffee with ultra sweet condensed milk, you’ll probably start bouncing off the walls. This coffee is probably the best thing that came out of the French colonizing Vietnam. Sorry, I had to say it.
What type of coffee should I use?
Cafe Du Monde (aka the OG coffee amongst Vietnamese-Americans). However, Trung Nguyen (the other OG) is another popular option but it doesn’t have the chicory flavor found in Cafe Du Monde. Just to give a very brief history, the combination of coffee and chicory was first introduced by the French during the Civil War. The French experimented with chicory and discovered it added flavor to the brew and the rest is history.
You might be wondering how Cafe Du Monde has become a cult favorite of the Vietnamese-American community. It is said to have originally spread around the time when Vietnamese refugees and immigrants arrived in the United States during the Vietnam War. Many Vietnamese immigrants who ended up in New Orleans, found that Cafe Du Monde lived up to the bold, flavorful coffee they were used to drinking at home. Soon, word of the coffee spread fast amongst the Vietnamese-American community and can now be found in pretty much any Vietnamese cafe or Asian grocery store.
Vietnam, like many other countries in Asia, didn’t have a history of consuming dairy products. The situation might be different now that there is a larger Western influence on their diet. However, at the time when the French brought coffee to Vietnam, dairy products were scarce. Hence, the canned condensed milk was born and would last for years without refrigeration especially through Vietnam’s heat wave.
The Vietnamese coffee filter differs from other coffee filters due to its slow drip system resulting in a stronger coffee. It is best described as a small, stainless steel vessel with a dish, filter basket, removable press, and a lid.
- You can use any dark roast ground coffee if you can’t find Cafe Du Monde in your local grocery store.
- If you can’t buy or access the Vietnamese coffee filter, you can steep 2 tbsp of coffee grounds in a small pot with 1/2 cup boiling hot water for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you can pour it through a coffee filter in an 8 oz mug.
- You can opt out of the condensed milk if you want to avoid consuming a sugary drink. However, if you do choose to make your coffee, please use condensed milk. If vegan, you can use coconut condensed milk. Please do not use evaporated milk because that is unsweetened.
This iced coffee is:
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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Đá)