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Vietnamese iced coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Đá)

March 18, 2013

Vietnamese iced coffee

Living in Seattle for me meant that I can choose from a lot of independent coffee shops within my walking reach, grab a cup of latte and enjoy the rain.  But most of the time I just make my own cup with my favorite instant coffee – Nescafe Brown N’ Creamy from the Philippines.   I do love my coffee creamy and sweet – thanks to my parents and my sweet tooth.  So when my husband told me is going to Vietnam for a business trip, I only asked that he bring me home a Starbucks collection mug from his trip to add to my city collection.  He came home a few days later with my request – plus a lot more!

Vietnamese iced coffee

While listening to his stories about the trip – and all the amazing food he had – I was unpacking his suitcase and saw that he bought a Vietnamese coffee and filter from a coffee shop called Phuc Long.  First thing I asked him is how to use the coffee filter, and what Vietnamese coffee taste like.  I got my answer after making my very first brew of the Vietnamese coffee.

Here is a brief summary of what I have learned about Vietnamese coffees: (from white on rice couple)

Cà Phê Sữa Đá (Coffee Milk Ice)  A base of sweetened condensed milk, over which about 2 oz of ground coffee is brewed using a individual serving size filter, with the addition of ice. This version is creamy, strong and sweet – enough to boost yourself from sugar and caffeine.

Cà Phê Sữa Nóng (Coffee Milk Hot) Same concept as above, except omit the ice and in Việtnam they often warm the whole glass in a cup of hot water. 

Cà Phê Đen (Coffee Black) Just the coffee this time, no sweetened condensed milk.  Not for the weak.

Cà Phê Đen Đá (Coffee Black Ice)  I think you can figure this one out.

You can probably find a Vietnamese coffee filter in your local asian market.  You may also adjust the amount of condensed milk and coffee in your own preference. Personally, I do love mine sweet and creamy.  If you can’t find any coffee filter, just brew your coffee then pour over condensed milk, add ice and enjoy!

Vietnamese iced coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee
  1. Vietnamese coffee filter
  2. 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  3. 2-3 Tbsp coarse ground coffee
  4. glass with ice
  5. hot water
  1. Pour 2 tbsp of condensed milk into a glass or cup
  2. Remove the top screen from the coffee filter. Put the ground coffee in the filter, put screen back on, compacting the grounds. Place filter on the glass with the sweetened condensed milk. Pour just enough hot water (about 20 ml) to cover the grounds and to warm the coffee.
  3. Fill up the filter with hot water. This can take up to 5 minutes depending on how fine your grind is.
  4. When all the water passed through the filter, remove filter from glass and mix with a spoon.
  5. Pour over glass of ice and enjoy
  1. For a quick version, replace the Vietnamese style brewed coffee with a 2oz shot of espresso
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14 thoughts on “Vietnamese iced coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Đá)

  1. Simply Tia

    I just made coconut condensed milk. I wonder how it would work here.
    I’ve tried it with regular condensed milk before and it was super delicious!

  2. Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

    I had Vietnamese Iced Coffee once and loved it. I never have sweetened condensed milk on hand, but I really should get some so I can make my own VIC at home! Your version looks and sounds so good that it just seems necessary, you know? 🙂 And I think I’m a little jealous of your mug collection. 😉

    1. Elaine Post author

      Thanks Alexandra! The condensed milk makes the coffee very sweet – certainly not for people watching their sugar intake. But trust me, they are so good! Thanks for stopping by! Your blog is gorgeous!!

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