Vietnamese iced coffee or also known as Café Sua Da in Vietnamese is a strong coffee that has been sweetened with condensed milk and chilled on ice.
The traditional way of making this coffee is to use a device called a Vietnamese coffee press. However, you don’t need one in order to make a delicious coffee. You can use any traditional method of making coffee but keep in mind some methods might produce a weaker coffee. You should aim for roughly espresso strength coffee for the best result.
If you haven’t had this type of coffee before, then you should definitely give it a go. It is straightforward to make and tastes amazing! You should be careful tho as it is very easy to get very addicted to the Vietnamese iced Coffee.
If you’re more of a visual person like I am, then you should check out the video I have prepared above on how to make a Vietnamese iced coffee. It is well worth a watch if you prefer to learn by watching.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe
- 2 Tbsp. medium coarse ground coffee
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Add 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk to a mixing glass or mug.
- Add 2 Tbsp. of ground coffee to the coffee press and place the press on top of the mixing glass/mug.
- Pour boiling water into the press, and it should now start to drip slowly.(Place the lid on the top of the press)
- While it is dripping, fill the drinking glass with some ice. (If the coffee press is dripping too slowly you can loosen the screw or tighten it if it is dripping too fast.)
- Once finished remove the press and mix well.
- Pour into the glass with ice and enjoy.
- As I mentioned above if you’re unable to find a Vietnamese coffee press then you can you use an alternative method of brewing coffee. Just make sure it is “regular” espresso strength otherwise you might find this recipe won’t taste as good.
- If you find your coffees are coming out to be way too sweet, then you can reduce the amount of condensed milk. The amount of coffee to sweetened condensed milk just comes down to preference.
- You probably could brew your coffee a different way as I mentioned above but I recommended using one of these cool Vietnamese coffee presses. They’re also very cheap and super easy to use.
- A glass or glasses are pretty crucial if you would like to drink the coffee, a mug will work just fine if you don’t have any suitable glasses.
- Any brand of coffee will work just fine, but if you want to be as traditional as possible, I would recommend a Vietnamese dark roast coffee.
- Sweetened condensed milk is sweet, thick, sticky and delicious! Also an essential ingredient for our Vietnamese iced coffee recipe.
Some handy nutritional information for this drink is right below. Please keep in mind that this is only an estimate.
If you find your coffees are coming out to be way too sweet, then you can reduce the amount of condensed milk. The amount of coffee to sweetened condensed milk just comes down to preference.
If you have any variations on the normal Vietnamese iced coffee recipe, then drop us a comment below we would love to hear it!