Start the day with a rich bold cup of coffee that’ll have you ready to kick ass for the day! Best of all, you’ll only need 3 ingredients to brew up this Vietnamese coffee recipe! This comforting drink is one of my absolute fave go-to's (along with a frosty Sinh To Bo / avocado smoothie) whenever I go to Vietnamese restaurants.
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What is Vietnamese Coffee?
Vietnamese coffee is notoriously rich, strong, and bold coffee. It’s typically served with condensed milk in a glass and the Phin filter on top slowing dripping the delicious coffee into the cup.
Add in some ice if you’d like and you have a sweet and creamy drink that’ll definitely add a pep in your step! It’s absolutely delicious and you’ll be full of energy in no time!
How to Make Vietnamese Iced Coffee
What You Need:
Before getting started, you’ll need a few ingredients & tools:
- Phin Filter: To make Vietnamese coffee, you’ll need a Phin filter to slow drip your coffee. You can get them in various sizes depending on how much coffee you’d like in each cup. This is the phin fliter I use and I love it!
- Insulated Mug: Any insulated mug will do, however, I love using these glass mugs for two reasons. First, I love being able to see the coffee actually drip, plus it makes for a great presentation! Second, these mugs in particular are the perfect size for adding ice after it’s done dripping. No need to transfer the coffee to another glass and dirtying up more dishes!
- Vietnamese Coffee: There are quite a few coffee brands to choose from, many of which you can easily find at your local Asian market nowadays. A couple of popular favorites are Trung Nguyen & Cafe Du Monde.
- Condensed Milk: This adds a rich creamy and sweetness to the drink all at once!
- Hot Water: No shocker here, but we’ll need steamy hot water to steep our coffee grounds in our Phin filter.
Assembling This Vietnamese Coffee Recipe
Learning how to make Vietnamese iced coffee at home is SO simple!
To your mug, simply add 1 - 3 tablespoons of condensed milk, depending on how sweet and creamy you like your coffee.
Add medium to coarse coffee grounds to your Phin filter and place it on top of your mug. You don’t want fine coffee grounds, otherwise, you may have more grounds in your drink than you’d like!
Add a couple of tablespoons of hot water to the coffee grounds to allow them to “bloom” and expand for about 5 seconds.
Then, gently press down on the coffee grounds to compress the grounds. This little step makes a huge difference because the water will drip much more slowly, leading to a more flavorful and stronger coffee.
After about 4 minutes or so, the coffee should be fully brewed and in the mug. At this point, you can add ice cubes, stir, and enjoy!
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Vietnamese Coffee Recipe
- Vietnamese Coffee Filter Phin
- 4 tablespoons Vietnamese ground coffee grounds
- 1 - 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk*
- 10 oz boiling water
- Place the phin filter on top of a mug and scoop the coffee grounds into the filter in an even layer. Be careful not to shake the filter so coffee grounds don’t spill into the mug.
- Pour about 2 tablespoons of boiling water onto the coffee grounds and wait for about 5 seconds to allow the coffee grounds to “bloom”.
- Gently press the bloomed coffee grounds in the filter (this will slow down the drip process for a more flavorful coffee).
- Slowly pour the boiling water over the coffee. Wait for about 5 minutes, or until the coffee finishes dripping.
- Stir in condensed milk and add in ice, if desired. Enjoy!
- Condensed Milk: Condensed milk adds sweetness & creaminess at the same time. You can adjust to your taste buds! If you want more creaminess, without the additional sweetness, you can add heavy cream or milk.
Exact calculations may vary. For the most accurate nutritional information, use your preferred nutrition calculator, actual ingredients, and quantities used for the recipe. Please consult with your physician or registered dietitian if more precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.