Vietnamese Coffee Recipes

The Flavors of Vietnamese Coffee

There are many different Vietnamese coffee recipes, but the “traditional” list of ingredients will usually include coffee, sweetened condensed milk and ice. Though this sounds like a rather simple concoction, there are many variations. These include the addition of certain flavorings, alcoholic beverages and even cream.

One of the true secrets for creating the most perfect Vietnamese coffee recipes is the use of a formal Vietnamese coffee press. This looks a bit like an old-fashioned top hat and it sits atop the actual cup or glass in which the coffee is to be served.

If a press is not available, most of these coffee recipes will work just fine with a regular strength espresso coffee, or a dark French-roast blend. Some chicory coffees also taste quite nice with the sweetened condensed milk. Many fans of these coffee recipes also have great success using the stove-top espresso makers as well.

One of the Best Coffee Recipes From Vietnam

Serves 4

4 cups water

1/2 cup dark roast ground coffee beans (preferably with chicory)

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

16 ice cubes

Make the coffee in the way desired (in a Vietnamese coffee press, espresso machine, or traditional coffee pot). Pour 2 tablespoons of the sweetened condensed milk into 4 coffee cups or beverage glasses. Slowly pour 1 cup of the fresh hot coffee into each cup. If you are careful, you will see the coffee settle nicely on top of the milk.

Give each guest their cup or glass and a long spoon. Many people appreciate a shake of cinnamon or a drop of anise in their Vietnamese coffee, and this would be the time to offer such additional ingredients. After they have added any flavorings, they should be encouraged to stir the milk and coffee together. Now they can add ice to their liking and enjoy their cool drink.

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