A tall glass of Traditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee is what he craves on the weekends. The main thing that makes this coffee Vietnamese is the condensed milk. Condensed milk is a thick, oozy, super sweet product. Traditionally it was made in a little metal Vietnamese coffee drip filter placed on top of a glass. Inside the dripper are strong or dark roast coffee grounds. Sweetened condensed milk is added to the bottom of the glass and that’s what gives the coffee it’s strong sweetness. This is what makes Vietnamese iced coffee unique because the use of sweetened condensed milk.
About Coffee – Iced Coffee
If you are drinking coffee for the caffeine content, keep in mind that the darker a coffee is, the less caffeine it has in it. This is because the amount of caffeine is diminished when the coffee is roasted for longer. Most people have the misconception that it is the total opposite. The best way to get iced coffee in a hurry is to make it ahead of time via cold brewing. This involves brewing with just grounds, water, a fine filter, and if you like, some milk. You can easily do this before bed. By the next morning, you’ll have refreshing iced coffee that is ready to drink.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe
- 3 tablespoons condensed milk
- 3 tablespoons dark French roast coffee, ground (use the richest you can find)
- 8 oz boiling water
- 1 cup ice
Pour condensed milk in a tall glass. This requires an 8 oz traditional coffee phin filter. It’s an inexpensive tool. Place the phin filter chamber and cup spanner on top of the glass, remove the filter and measure out the coffee, leveling it out by gently tapping the chamber. Place the filter on top, and pour just a touch of boiling water into the filter, just about to the level of the filter (about 20 mm or so) and let the water absorb into the coffee. Proceed to fill the chamber with the rest of the hot water to the top, cover, and let it steep until all the water passes through the filter.
This can take some time, about 6-7 minutes. Remove the filter, stir the condensed milk and coffee, then pour over a tall glass with ice. Serve immediately. For a slightly less sweet version, combine the sweetened condensed milk with half and half before adding it to the cup. Usually we’ll mix about 1/2 sweetened condensed milk – 1/2 half and half. For a quick version, replace the Vietnamese style brewed coffee with a 2 ounce shot of espresso.