Have you ever ate at a Vietnamese restaurant (ie. Pho), and wondered what that dripper drink was? Well it’s actually a very traditional Vietnamese way of making coffee. Made freshest when grinding the beans fresh, choose a medium to coarse ground dark roast for ultimate flavour. Here’s a quick DIY on how to make ca phe sua da.
What you need
- Phin coffee filter (or if you have time)
- Coffee cup
- Grounded coffee (best ground medium coarse)
- Ice cubes
- Sweetened condensed milk (optional)
- Sugar (optional)
- Clean your phin filter apparatus (filter, press & lid)
- Pour 2-3 tablespoons of grounded coffee into the filter and give a little shake to flatten out the coffee
- Use the provided press and pack down the coffee (or just lightly screw on)
- Pour some sweetened condensed milk into a mug/tall glass (about a teaspoon or more depending on how sweet you want your coffee to be)
- Put the phin filter over the mug, pour about 1-2 tablespoon of hot water into the filter and wait about a minute to let the water absorb into the coffee
- Now pour more hot water to fill the filter to about 70-80% level and then cover it with the lid
- Wait until the coffee finishes dripping into the cup
- Ca Phe Sua Da: You can now add ice cubes to your coffee. Stir and mix the condensed milk.
Ca Phe Den: If you didn’t add the condensed milk (step 4), you can go ahead and add ice cubes and sugar (to your liking) as an alternative to the traditional Sua Da recipe
- Remember to use your filter lid as a plate when you are done to prevent leaks/spills.
Over time, we hope to share some of our favourite recipes and Kitchen tricks we’ve learned over the years. But for now, enjoy your coffee!
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