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Pseudo-Vietnamese Coffee

July 2, 2011

After having a delicious dinner at a little mom-and-pop Vietnamese restaurant, a friend of mine ordered some Vietnamese coffee. I took a single sip and I was sold on the concept: strong, fine-ground coffee brewed in an individual French drip filter, right into a mug with condensed milk at the bottom. I vowed to make it at home first chance I got.

Of course, I don’t have a French drip filter, nor the type of coffee they used. I made do by grinding my grocery store brand coffee extra fine, using a lot of it in a French press (hey, it’s still French), then slowly stirring it into a mug with condensed milk.

The main thing here is the sweetened condensed milk. It’s different than dumping a crapload of cream and sugar in the coffee; more caramelly, and thicker in texture. Even with regular coffee, it’s a new way to cream and sweeten it in a tasty new way.

I like to put a lot of condensed milk so it’s sweet as candy in a base of bitter coffee, but (obviously) I like bold flavours. It may not be true Vietnamese coffee, but I highly recommend giving the stuff a try.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2011 1:58 am

    Very interesting recipe and a different way to enjoy coffee, a great beverage. Plan to give it a try as you describe it, thanks for the cool idea.

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  3. August 4, 2011 2:54 am

    Vietnamese Coffee is one of my favorite coffee drinks. The sweetened condensed milk mixed with the bitter intense coffee is a perfect pairing. Try it over ice or with a side of cheese for a real tasty treat!
    Stay Cheesy

  4. Dave permalink
    January 10, 2012 3:05 am

    Vietnamese coffee is available in this country. Trung Nguyen is a decent brand you can get here and in Vietnam and the french drip cups are like 98 cents at pretty much any Asian grocery store. Don’t bother trying to drink it without condensed milk. It’s horrid and even the Vietnamese don’t drink it black.

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