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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Silly of me to think that being a stay-at-home mom would give me extra time to focus on my hobbies and a bit of peace and quiet. Taking care of a 3-year-old and 6-year-old is anything but. I was desperately making lunch while my 3-year-old daughter happily occupied herself going in between my legs, singing London Bridge. When it comes time for her much needed afternoon nap, I unwind with my favorite drink, Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da). The caffeine and sugar give me the strength for the rest of afternoon when the other monster comes home from school.

 Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Vietnamese iced milk coffee (Ca phe Sua Da) is the most popular coffee drink in Vietnam. It’s a refreshing dark roast coffee drink sweetened with condensed milk; poured over ice.

The ground coffee is brewed with a slow-drip Vietnamese coffee filter called a phin. It comes in three parts: the main central brewing pot, a lid (which also doubles as a coaster), and a mini plunger. The principles are the same as a French press but on single-serving scale with one filter per cup.

To prime the coffee, add a bit of water into the phin and let the coffee ground soak it up. Discard any water that goes through the filter. The plumped coffee ground will slow down the drip, resulting in a better and stronger brew.

 Brewing Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Brewing Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

 Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) Recipe:

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of your favorite dark roast coffee
  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk
  • Hot water
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. In a short glass, add the condensed milk.
  2. Add a Vietnamese coffee filter on top of the glass. Remove lid and mini plunger at the center of the brewing pot. Add ground coffee. Replace mini plunger and twist to tighten.
  3. Add a bit of hot water (about 2 teaspoons) first to the phin. Allow the coffee to get plump. Discard any water that goes through the phin. Fill the central brewing pot with hot water to the top. Add the lid back on.
  4. Coffee is ready once the hot water completely runs through the phin. Remove lid and use it a coaster for the phin. Stir to mix coffee with condensed milk. Transfer coffee to a tall glass of ice, stir and enjoy.
 Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)

Vietnamese Ice Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da)