Vietnamese Coffee (ca phe) milk (sua da) pearls (tran chau)
Vietnamese coffee is awesome! Sadly, most restaurants that offer it, always make it directly over ice causing it to get watered down before you get a chance to drink it. Personally I like to brew the coffee directly into the cream, than I put it into the refrigerator until its cooled. Once its cooled down I'll add the ice.
- Vietnamese Coffee - 4 Tablespoons
- Sweetened Condensed Milk - 2 Tablespoons
- Water - 8oz
- Ice - N/A
- Bubbles (optional) - Spoonful
- 12oz Glass -
Start off by placing 2 Tablespoons of sweetend condensed milk in a 12 oz glass.
Put around 8 oz of filtered water in a microwave safe container and microwave until its around 180 degrees, while the water is in the microwave place 4 Tablespoons (less if you want it weaker) into the coffee filter, take the top piece and pack down the coffee grounds, just a soft packing, enough to cause it to get solid, too hard and it will take forever to filter the coffee, too little and it will go to fast. Your target brew time should be around 10 minutes. with about 1-2 drips a second.
Once the coffee grounds have been packed, take your hand and wipe off the bottom of the filter to remove any loose grounds that might have come out during packing, if you don't do this, you will get coffee grounds in your drink.
Place the filter on top of the glass, by now your water should be ready, pour the water into the filter until it reaches the top and then wait until enough coffee drips out the bottom for the water level to reach just above halfway down, then add more water once again to the top, then place the hat (filter top) on and walk away, it should take another 10 minutes to finish up.
Once finished it should be a very strong almost espresso like brew. Mix with a spoon, and if using them, add bubbles. Before adding ice you can pour the coffee back and forth between two glasses to create a lot of foam on the top. Foam = Good! Once you have a nice foam, add enough ice to bring the drink up to the top of the glass.
Link to how to make the bubbles.
The filter and coffee can be found on Amazon.com