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How To Make Authentic Tasting Vietnamese Iced Coffee A Must Try For Coffee Lovers!

Updated on January 25, 2016

In 1857, one Coffee Arabica Tree was introduced to Vietnam which progressed to many plantations in the central highlands causing Vietnam to become a strong exporter of the coffee. As Vietnam had limited fresh milk at this time, the Vietnamese and French began to use the sweetened condensed milk to bring about the smooth sweet flavor of the coffee. Also due to the heat in Vietnam, the coffee was poured and served over ice, making this a beautiful refreshing beverage to enjoy in the evenings and on hot summer days. This coffee is now a common treat found among the street vendors in Vietnam and other parts of Asia and also this delicious drink can be found at your local “bubble tea” place or in many Vietnamese restaurants....or better yet buy the affordable ingredients and equipment below and make it yourself. Trust me once you try it, it may be hard to go back to your regular coffee.

What you will need

  • 1 small can or tube Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 packet Vietnamese Coffee (Trung Nguyens Gourmet Blend)
  • Pinch Salt
  • Enough crushed Ice to fill a tall glass
The Coffee Filter
The Coffee Filter
All you will need....
All you will need....

Vietnamese iced coffee with milk or cà phê sữa đá, Ca Ohe da or Cafe Da is a finely ground dark roast coffee that is brewed with a small drip filter (metal or ceramic) into a cup which is then added to about 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and a glass full of ice and stirred. This in turn tastes delicious! Be warned you may become addicted!

First you need to source yourself out a coffee filter - most Asian grocery stores will stock these and they are about $3.50 AUD (just make sure you get one to fit on the rim of the glass as pictured as they do come in bigger sizes). While you are there pick up some ground coffee there are a few brands, but the most well known and tastiest is Trung Nguyens Gourmet Blend. With your goods in tow go home and indulge.

First step is to 3/4 fill the filter with coffee - firmly packed and place over the glass or cup to drip the coffee into. Add a little pinch of salt (secret tip) and then pour in boiling water into the filter to fill. Continue to top up the filter until you fill a tall glass about 3/4 full (this will get you two large glasses of iced coffee). Also this method will give you a medium flavour - if you want it weaker fill up the cup with more dripped water and if you want stronger only drip through enough coffee for one and then top up with a new batch of coffee.

In two tall glasses put about 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and filtered coffee and then top up with small ice cubes. Put in a long spoon and mix through the ice occasionally lifting - just be careful not to get ice everywhere. The idea is to let the ice melt a little before drinking and you will have a lovely smooth tasting coffee that is completely addictive.

*Variation if you do not like it sweet, omit the condensed milk and just use just the coffee alone, or if you don't want to use the condensed milk just use a little sugar mixed into the coffee. Although the authentic and tastiest way is with the sweetened condensed milk! Enjoy :)

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