At the beginning of March, 2020, a new trend took social media by storm. Dalgona coffee, also known as whipped coffee, is a creamy coffee traditionally made by whisking equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and water to create a merengue-like mixture.
The recipe originated in a cafe in Macau, and gained popularity in South Korea at the beginning of 2021 after actor Jung Il-Woo was presented with the beverage on a television show. A few months later, TikTok user Hannah Cho uploaded a video which has been viewed over 15 million times demonstrating how to make the delicious treat, and the trend took off, spawning countless dupes and popping up in cafes and kitchens around the world.
While the concept of a “whipped coffee” has been around for years, with similar beverages being staples in Pakistan, India, and Greece, dalgona coffee has paved the way for curious coffee drinkers to create their own whipped coffee beverages. Recipes for whipped pumpkin spice lattes, whipped matcha lattes, and whipped chai lattes.
However, largely absent from the whipped coffee trend has been a Vietnamese coffee-inspired recipe. Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of coffee, and has a longstanding coffee culture rooted in the country’s high quality Arabica and Robusta beans grown in the rich volcanic soil and tropical climate standard throughout the country.
That said, with some Vietnamese espresso, a little bit of sugar , and some sweetened condensed milk, you can make your very own Vietnamese Whipped Coffee, inspired by the flavors which made Vietnam one of the leading voices in the global coffee conversation.
While Dalgona coffee is traditionally made with instant coffee, brewing your Vietnamese coffee beans into a hot espresso to use as a substitute is a great way to achieve the whipped texture without losing any of the flavor, as the “structure” of whipped coffee is determined by the use of granulated sugar rather than the type of coffee used. Likewise, inspired by the timeless cà phê sữa đá, adding sweetened condensed milk to your glass is the perfect means to taste the flavors of traditional Vietnamese coffee in an innovative way.
How to Make Vietnamese Whipped CoffeePrep time: 2 min.
Cook time: 8 min.
Total time: 10 min.
- 2 ounces freshly brewed Vietnamese espresso
- 2 ounces granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk, for serving
- Ice, for serving
- Milk of choice, for serving
- Add your espresso and sugar into a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer , combine ingredients vigorously until the mixture thickens and has a similar consistency to a merengue, which will take about 5 to 8 minutes.
- Drizzle your sweetened condensed milk into a glass, then fill your glass 3 quarters of the way full with ice and your choice of milk.
- Top off your glass with your whipped coffee, then stir and serve immediately.
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