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Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Silly of me to think that staying at home with the kids would give me all the time in the world and a bit of peace and quiet. Taking care of a 3-year-old and 6-year-old is anything but. There's someone always screaming, whining, tattling, and tugging on my arms and legs for attention. I was making dinner the other night and my 3-year-old daughter occupied herself by going in between my legs as though I was London Bridge. So when it comes time for the nap my daughter takes in the afternoon, an hour before I have to run to pick up her brother, I unwind with my favorite drink, Vietnamese Ice Coffee, Cafe Sua Da. That bit of caffeine and sugar gives me the strength to go through the rest of afternoon when the other monster comes home.

At the end of the day, I look at my kids in their beds, fast asleep. They look so peaceful and angelic, drastically different from their day time persona when they are a handful. They make me want to pull out my hair at times, but I never regretted my decision to quit the 9-to-5 job. I now play a much more active part in their lives. If one day, they turn into good, caring, and contributing people of society, I have myself to congratulate. If they turn into serial killers, it's their dad's fault.

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)

Coffee with condensed milk

Coffee with condensed milk

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Cafe Sua Da) Recipe:

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons of ground Vietnamese coffee or your favorite coffee
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • Hot water
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a short glass, add the condensed milk. Add as little or as much as you like. I like it on the sweet side so I add about 2 tablespoons. 
  2. Add a Vietnamese coffee filter on top of the glass.
  3. Remove the filter lid and inside pressed. Add ground coffee.
  4. Add the inside pressed on top of the coffee grounds, making sure to pack it down.
  5. Add hot water inside the filter, filing it up to the top.
  6. Add the lid back on the filter.
  7. Once the coffee is completely brewed, remove the filter and mix the coffee and condensed milk together until combined. 
  8. Transfer the mixed coffee to a tall glass with crushed ice.
  9. Quickly mix with spoon to get a frothy top. 
Pour mixed coffee over ice

Pour mixed coffee over ice