Vietnamese iced coffee
In Vietnam, coffee, whether it is brewed and served at home or in restaurants, is brewed leisurely. Hot coffee is preferred in the morning, while iced coffee is saved for the heat later in the day.
French roast pairs exceptionally well with condensed milk. The Vietnamese coffee filter gives a stronger brew than that of an American drip machine and different than that of a French press.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe :
- 1 heaping tablespoon (about 4 teaspoons) of Cafe Du Monde or Trung Nguyen grind 1-2 teaspoons condensed milk to fit your taste
- a Vietnamese coffee filter
- a glass for the brew
- a second glass filled with ice
- Start by boiling some water. An electric kettle makes it a lot faster. I'm lucky my tea-loving roommate left it behind when she went back to Australia. I would have never thought to purchase one, but it I'm glad I have it!
- Remove the metal filter and pour in 1 heaping tablespoon of Cafe Du Monde (about 4 teaspoons). I love the smell of coffee!
- Twist the filter on gently until it just starts to stop. Then turn it little more, a bit less than ⅛ a turn.
- If you wanted to drink this hot instead, you can put the brewing cup in a bowl and fill the bowl with hot water. For this recipe, we're going to stick with the iced version.
- Ideally you want to add the condensed milk to the cup before brewing because the boiling water actually cooks it. It does have a slight affect on the flavor. For this recipe we'll add it after since most readers probably don't know how much condensed milk they want.
- To brew, pour a tiny bit of water in the filter just to wet the grind and to let the grind expand a bit. Also this will help rid of some small grinds that happen to make it through the filter. You can toss it out if you see any.
- Then go ahead and fill the filter all the way and let it drip. Ideal brewing time comes to about 3 to 5 minutes so adjust the filter accordingly. Too loose and you'll just have runny brown water. Too tight and nothing will drip through. The filter will be hot, so use a fork or another utensil to adjust the filter. Place the cap on and watch the coffee drip!
- For condensed milk, I prefer Longevity Brand - Sua Ong Tho, because of the sweet graphic. :)
- Personally, I like it a little bitter. About 1 teaspoon of condensed milk does it for me. If you like it sweeter add 2 or 3 teaspoons.
- Pour the brew into a glass filled with ice and serve. Now make some for your coffee loving buddies!