Vietnamese Iced Coffee

It’s been a tiring day.

My feet hurt from standing too long in heels in a parking lot in front of a storefront my father’s looking seriously at renting for his business. All I wanted to do was go home, put my feet up and finish off the book I’m currently reading.

However, to do that effectively, a cold drink, alcoholic or not, is almost required in order to truly relax.

And it just so happens that Artis had brewed up an extra cup of “Vanilla Biscotti” coffee the other night so I could make a drink of it when I chose.

Tonight was definitely the right night.

You probably know this one already. It’s similar to Thai Iced Coffee, which happens to be one of my favorite drinks. Too tired to get out the evaporated milk and the coffee strainer to really do it up right, however, so that one will wait for another day.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee [printable recipe]

Serves 1

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • ice

While the coffee is hot, stir in sweetened condensed milk. Chill until nice and cold, add ice and enjoy.

(Yes, I take my coffee very sweet and light.)

Edited to note this is best known as Vietnamese style coffee (Thanks Ivars!)

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2 Responses to Vietnamese Iced Coffee

  1. Ivars Avens says:

    Anyone who hasn’t tried this doesn’t know what they’re missing although I know it as Vietnamese coffee. My wife brought back a Vietnamese coffee filter (e.g. http://www.howtobrewcoffee.com/Vietnamese.htm )when she was there last year and we have developed quite a taste for this way of making coffee. I have never been to Vietnam but we are going there in two weeks time and I’m look forward to tasting the real thing there. Looking forward to the warmth too – Tassie is so cold right now (by our standards at least).

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      You’re absolutely right — it is Vietnamese-style iced coffee. I confess, there aren’t many Vietnamese cafes where I live (okay, I know of three about 40 miles away), so I’m more familiar with Thai iced coffee instead. Neat filter, too!

      I’d love to send you some of our summer heat (now regularly 35C and above) in exchange for that winter cold of yours! Enjoy Vietnam — I bet the food will be incredible; certainly Tony Bourdain keeps raving about it (Vietnam is one of his favorite countries, apparently)!

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