Posts in Drinks
Thai Iced Tea (Tra Sua Thai)

Authentic Thai tea is made of orange-dyed black tea mixed with a bit of sugar, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. It can be served either hot or cold. When served cold, you have the people’s favorite, Thai iced tea.

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Starbucks Hack: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee is one of the best ways to enjoy coffee. If you are not close to a Vietnamese restaurant to get their authentic iced coffee, here is a Starbucks hack that comes pretty darn close. After a couple of runs to Starbucks and a bit of tweaking, I can confidently say that this tastes like a legit Vietnamese iced coffee.

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Vietnamese Hot Milk Coffee (Ca Phe Sua Nong)

Vietnamese iced milk coffee (ca phe sua da) is the most popular coffee drink in Vietnam. It’s a refreshing caffeinated drink, perfect for the hot and humid Vietnam weather. Since it’s getting close to Winter here and I’m one who can’t regulate my own body heat for the life of me (says the husband), I rely on hot Vietnamese milk coffee (ca phe sua nong) this time of year to keep me warm. It’s the same great flavor of Vietnamese iced coffee but obviously without the ice and a tad less condensed milk. Ca phe sua nong is essentially a Vietnamese sweetened espresso.

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Iced Caramel Macchiato using Vietnamese Phin

One of my favorite drinks at Starbucks is an iced caramel macchiato. However, at over $4 a drink, the drink doesn’t come cheap. I finally came up with a copycat recipe that I truly love. It’s even better than the Starbucks version, which I think has way too much milk and not enough coffee. Now I can enjoy my drink just how I like it without having to pay a premium.

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Macha Iced Latte with Grass Jelly

It's officially Summer! What better way to enjoy the Summer heat than a refreshing cold beverage in hand. Macha iced latte, anyone?

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Grass Jelly Milk Tea with Sea Salt Cream Top (Tra Sua Suong Sao)

I once told my husband, "If you cut me open, I'll bleed milk tea." He asked, "Why are you so morbid?" I don't know. At the time, it was the only way to accurately express my love for milk tea. What can I say? The love is real and strong.

Lately, I have a thing for grass jelly in my milk tea. Milk tea and grass jelly with a cream top and a sprinkle of sea salt? Oh God. Yes, please!

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Vietnamese Avocado Shake (Sinh Tố Bơ) Recipe

I rarely drink Starbucks, but when there's Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour that comes once a year, "venti white chocolate mocha frappuccino with extra whip, please!" It's sugary, high-calorie frappuccino literally everyday for the whole week. All self control (and my waistline) goes out the window. Now that the evil (but fabulous) promotion is over, it's time to detox with a healthy alternative and a summer time favorite: Vietnamese Avocado Milk Shake or Sinh Tố Bơ.

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Classic Boba Milk Tea

Boba, boba milk tea, bubble tea, pearl milk tea, ... whatever you call it, it is a popular Taiwan-originated drink that I simply can't get enough of. In college, I usually rewarded myself after a successful exam with boba milk tea. I also consoled myself after an exam with boba milk tea. If you like boba as much as I do, we can be best friends.

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Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

Have you ever had egg in your coffee? That's just insane ... or ingenious? If you are having coffee in the morning, why not slurp down breakfast as well? Vietnamese Egg coffee, or Ca Phe Trung or Cafe Trung, is a Northern Vietnamese drink.

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