Vietnamese Coffee is a very strong coffee that is served with condensed milk. This intensely brewed concentrate is creamy, rich, smooth in texture, and has a bold flavor. Here is how to make this coffee recipe with and without using the Vietnamese filter.
About This Recipe
Vietnamese Coffee is an Iced Coffee that is very popular in Vietnam and you will find many street-side shops or cafes, selling this coffee. Rich, flavourful, and sweet, this coffee is also called ‘Ca Phe Sua’.
This is a strong coffee where the freshly brewed coffee is mixed along with condensed milk with lots of ice. It can also be complemented with creamy ice-cream and enjoyed!
This coffee is usually served in a small clear heatproof glass, with a stainless steel Vietnamese Filter on top.
Traditionally, a Vietnamese Phin Filter is used to brew the coffee, but you can also use the regular stovetop brewer to make your brew.
You can buy the filter from online portals such as Amazon, Ali Express, etc. Also, if you get a chance to visit Vietnam, it’s the best place to buy those Coffee makers.
Luckily, as I had thought, my recipe for this Iced Coffee turned to be exactly similar to the ones I had tasted in many of the Vietnamese restaurants.
Serve a scoop of Vanilla or Caramel Ice-cream along with your coffee, to serve it as a dessert after your Vietnamese meal.
You can serve this coffee warm too. Just add condensed milk in the serving cup. Keep the coffee filter over the cup and let the coffee percolate over the condensed milk directly. Mix and serve.
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To make this coffee, you need just three ingredients – Coffee, Condensed Milk, and Ice Cubes.
Coffee – To make this coffee, any type of coffee grounds can be used.
In Vietnam, the Cafe Du Monde French Roast Chicory is usually appreciated as the benchmark.
But, as long as the coffee is light to medium coarse, it can be used in the preparation of this coffee.
Condensed Milk – This Coffee uses condensed milk instead of milk. Sugar is not required in the coffee, as it gets enough sweetness from it.
Ice Cubes – To make it chilled, Ice Cubes are added in the coffee. You can also add crushed ice if you want. If you don’t want ice cubes to dilute your coffee as they melt, then freeze some brewed coffee in ice trays. Use these cubes in place of regular ice.
Step by Step Recipe
This is how the Vietnamese Coffee Filter looks.
Keep the plate and the strainer over a cup.
Add 1 tbsp coffee.
Press with mesh with the handle on top.
Pour boiling hot water over the coffee.
Cover with the lid and keep for 10 minutes.
Ready brewed coffee.
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
Pour the freshly brewed coffee in the glass.
Pour condensed milk on top and mix gently. Serve immediately. The amount of condensed milk depends on how sweet and strong you like your coffee.
A Regular Strong Coffee – add in 1 tablespoon Condensed Milk
A Sweet Coffee – add in 2 tablespoons Condensed Milk
Extra Sweet, that tastes like candy – add in 3 tablespoons Condensed Milk
Frequently Asked Questions
When we compare these two coffees, Vietnamese Coffee is much stronger and sweeter when compared to Normal Coffee.
Also due to the addition of condensed milk, Vietnamese Coffee is slightly thick and sticky, when compared to normal coffee.
If you do not have a Vietnamese Filter, you can brew your coffee in a regular stovetop brewer and use the freshly brewed coffee.
You can use a french press, South Indian filter, or simple drip coffee to make it as well.
If you want to make this at home, then always look for medium-coarse grind coffee.
You can use any type of coffee, as long as the coffee is normal to medium-coarse grind and not fine grind, as the fine grind coffee would fall from the little holes of the coffee filter.
Usually, French Roast Chicory gives you the best Vietnamese Iced Coffee, so if you can get your hands on French Roast, do give it a try.
Vietnamese Egg Coffee is made just like the normal Vietnamese Coffee, the only difference is that in the Vietnamese Egg Coffee, the egg yolk and sweetened condensed milk is whipped together until thick and is then mixed along with the freshly brewed coffee.
The texture which you get after whipping up the egg yolk and condensed milk is called Ribbon Stage, as when the beater is lifted the mixture falls like a ribbon.
To serve the Vietnamese Egg Coffee, add the freshly brewed coffee into a clear glass.
Next, pour the egg and condensed milk mixture slowly over the coffee.
You will see that after some seconds the mixture will float on the top, without you having to do anything.
Using a French Press is another easy way to make a fresh cup of Vietnamese Iced Coffee.
You just have to place 2 tablespoons of your medium grind coffee in your french press and then add 2/3 cup boiling water on the top.
Cover the French press with the top and steep the mixture for about 4 minutes.
Once done, press, strain and pour the coffee from your French Press to the glass and mix it with the condensed milk and voila, your Vietnamese Iced Coffee is ready.
You can serve this Vietnamese Coffee during your tea time with some of your favourite snacks.
If you add condensed milk in the coffee and store in the fridge, it will last for about 12 hours.
If you want it to last longer, do not add the condensed milk. Place the brewed coffee in the fridge in a sealed glass container and it will last for about 2 days.
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Vietnamese Coffee Recipe
- 3/4 cup Freshly brewed espresso
- 2 tbsp Sweetened condensed milk
- Ice cubes
- Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the freshly brewed coffee in the glass.
- Pour 2 tbsp condensed milk on top and mix gently.
- Serve immediately.