If you love creamy and sweet coffee, then the Vietnamese coffee, also called Cà Phê Sűa, should be next on your “to try” list!
This type of coffee is a strong, yet creamy coffee that can suit a variety of tastes and stands out from your regular daily coffee with cream.
History of Vietnamese Coffee
Coffee was first introduced to people in Vietnam by the French in 1857. Since then, land started being used for coffee farms for the purpose of producing coffee for an economic gain. Vietnam has become the largest producer of Robusta coffee beans, contributing 60% of the overall coffee market. While coffee was originally grown in the country for export rather than personal consumption, there are now various instant coffee brands based in Vietnam designed specifically for the special Vietnamese coffee taste.
What’s So Unique About Vietnamese Coffee?
Cà Phê Sűa is different compared to your regular coffee, not by the coffee used, but the way it is prepared. Like all other coffee, it can be made using either Arabica or Robusta coffee beans. However, rather than using milk or creamer, dark brewed coffee is mixed with sweet condensed milk which should be poured over ice.
Condensed milk is used because fresh milk was limited during the time coffee was first introduced to Vietnam. The mix of the dark and strong tasting coffee with the condensed milk creates a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness and even creates a creamier texture compared to the regular milk or creamer. Sometimes the condensed milk is added first, and sometimes added on top of the brew.
While the traditional Vietnamese coffee is a popular beverage, there are a few variations to this drink where other ingredients can be added. If you enjoy the classic Vietnamese coffee, give these variations a try as well!
1. Egg Coffee (Cà Phê Trúng)
This coffee is exactly what it sounds like. It is a rich yet delicious twist on the Vietnamese coffee. Like the Cà Phê Sűa, it is made with dark coffee and condensed milk, but an egg is added to it. Specifically a raw chicken egg yolk is mixed with the condensed milk and the coffee in the mixture. The idea may seem off putting to some, but the flavors might be a delightful surprise!
2. Coconut Coffee (Bac Xiu)
This coffee drink is another twist to the traditional Vietnamese coffee. Just as the Cà Phê Sűa, it is made with dark coffee and condensed milk. However, in this recipe, coconut milk is added as well. With this addition, it creates more coconut based flavors within the drink, and is also not as sweet as the regular Vietnamese coffee.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe Using Instant Coffee
The Vietnamese iced coffee ingredients list is actually very short and is a super simple drink to make right at home! You can even make your own simplified variation by using good quality instant coffee.
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tbsp Waka Coffee Instant Coffee
- 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (or amount to taste)
- Ice cubes
- Add 2 tablespoons of Waka Coffee into a mug and mix with water
- Mix well until instant coffee granules are fully dissolved
- Add 2 tablespoons of condensed milk to the instant coffee (feel free to adjust the amount of condensed milk to personal preferences)
- Mix well until the coffee and condensed milk are completely combined
- Add ice cubes into a separate cup
- Pour the coffee and condensed milk mixture over the ice cubes, and keep the rest of refills.