To foreigners, iced milk coffee is perhaps the most popular traditional Vietnamese coffee. Nonetheless, Vietnam has many different types of coffee with different taste that would please drinkers in different ways: bitter, sweet or sour. Indeed, each kind has its own unique way to make a delicious tasty serve. You can find ingredients for your homemade coffee in every normal kitchen. So, here are some concise guide of how to brew the most favorable drinks of Vietnamese:
In Vietnam, most men prefer black coffee as its strong bitter taste which can keep them awake. Being served both hot and cold, it has many things in common with expresso. However, Vietnamese black coffee use Robusta coffee instead of Arabica one, enabling its black coffee to be less sour and strong in flavor. Coffee is roasted, grind, added into a metal coffee filter and cooked by a little boiled water on top of it. The coffee drops will then drain to a big glass underneath.
The process is quite slow to some people so don’t be mad about it. Grab a newspaper in the meantime and wait for the best serve to come!
Iced milk coffee
A little bit different from black coffee, iced milk coffee is sweetened by milk, adding fatty taste for sweet-lovers. CNTraveler listed Vietnamese iced milk coffee as 1 of the top 15 drinks of the world.
Making iced milk coffee is simple. Just simply add condensed milk and ice to the completed black coffee. A tip for making good iced milk coffee is that avoid to use sugar to make it taste purer and not cloying. Additionally, you can find the coffee filter in any Vietnamese market to make your coffee at home, in case you become the coffee addict.
On one hand, in Saigon, it is called “cà phê sữa đá”, becoming the iconic drink of the city by the unforgettably extraordinary taste to foreigners. On the other hand, in Hanoi, people call it “nâu đá” which means brown iced coffee, the combination of black and white (black+white=brown)
Iced coffee milk
Contrary to iced milk coffee, this kind is 70% milk instead of coffee, and 30% coffee or less. It is more common in the south as southern people taste much sweeter.
One of the most relaxing experience trying café in Saigon – the capital of Vietnamese coffee is drinking “bệt” (sitting-plump coffee), watching Saigonese daily life.
Apart from iced milk coffee in Saigon, Hanoi is famous for its egg coffee. Delivering hot and fragrant feel, egg coffee becomes the favorite of people coming to Hanoi in cool weather. As designed to help drinkers feel more relaxed, cafes are laid in small quiet places. The recipe is simple: pouring hot coffee and honey into already-made whipped egg, add cocoa power to make the cup more scrumptious.
A special note is to keep the egg coffee cup inside a bowl containing boiled water to keep it always hot. As using eggs, this Vietnamese coffee would be a little bit stinking when it gets cold.
Salt coffee is even unfamiliar to a huge part of Vietnamese. Serving mostly in Hue – ancient capital in the middle area of Vietnam. As coffee is originally sour, adding salt helps to remove the sourness of the coffee. Nowadays, there have been some changes. People now mix salt directly with coffee powder before putting into the filter to make the taste more delicate.
Last but not least is our star – coconut latte. Coconut latte is a new trend occurring recently in Vietnam, bringing fresh air and fulfilling the thrilling experience of foreigners. It is extremely easy to make this coffee: grinding a mixture of coconut, coconut milk, condensed milk and ice, then pouring it straight into black coffee. The drink is cold and could be used as smoothie, which makes it the latest trend of Vietnamese coffee.
So if you want to enjoy many types of Vietnamese coffee, stay tuned with Hoozing to find out more interesting cafes on the streets of Saigon.