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How to Make Strong Vietnamese Coffee at Home

Remember those lunch dates with your uncle or parents at the Vietnamese Pho restaurant in your local Asian shopping mall? Yeah, we do too… Looking back we always remembered our uncles ordering the Vietnamese iced coffee otherwise known as Cafe Sua Da

You know what we’re talking about. The fancy drip filter on top of the glass, yeah that crazy coffee contraption. 

Now that we’re older and we realize how delicious this Vietnamese coffee actually is. We want to share with you how simple and easy it really is to make one for yourself at home! The creamy texture and strong flavor from the Vietnamese grounded coffee is so satisfying. With the use of sweetened condensed milk, the coffee becomes milky and sweet without much work involved.

As children, eating Pho Dac Biet and seeing the elderly drink their fancy dripped coffee, we thought it was for adults only, but boy are we wrong. It’s delicious enough for younger people to drink too! Just be careful if you’re sensitive to caffeine.

Enough about the intro. Let’s make some strong and delicious Vietnamese coffee at home.

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Prep Time

5 Minutes

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Cook Time

10 Minutes

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Total Time

15 Minutes

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1-2 Servings

Ingredients you'll need
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Vietnamese Coffee

How to Make Vietnamese Coffee
"Cafe Sua Da"

Step 1

Vietnamese coffee is very easy to make, practically no labor involved! Let’s start by preparing what we need to. Grab a pot of water and turn on your stove fire to high, let your water come to a rumbling boil.

If you really want to make this process faster, using an electric water kettle will do the trick too. While we’re waiting on that let’s get the other ingredients prepped up. 

Step 2

Go ahead and grab your delicious sweetened condensed milk, Vietnamese coffee grounds, and Vietnamese coffee filter. In a serving glass, we’ll add 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk.

On top of that glass, we’ll place the Vietnamese coffee filter gently on top. Now, scoop 2 tablespoons of Vietnamese ground coffee into the coffee drip filter. And gently place the top plate on the grounded Vietnamese coffee, close the lid of the coffee filter. 

Step 3

By this time your water should be close to a rumbling boil if not already boiling. Once your water is hot enough, you may take it off the stove. Turn off the fire and pour the hot water into the Vietnamese coffee filter. 

Don’t worry if the filtered coffee drips slowly, that’s exactly what is supposed to happen. It usually takes about 3-5 minutes for all the water to filter through that delicious grounded Vietnamese coffee.

If you used an electric water kettle, you might’ve done this step already. Electric water kettles brings water to a boil quicker than a stove top would. They’re super convenient and effective!

Step 4

Once your Vietnamese coffee has completely dripped into your glass, you’re ready to pour it in a glass of ice. This would be called iced Vietnamese coffee otherwise known as cafe sua da! Feel free to drink it hot too, it’s up to you!

Remove the Vietnamese coffee filter off your glass. Mix the contents in that glass thoroughly and then pour the delicious cafe sua da into your iced glass. Give it one more stir, take a sip and enjoy that refreshing “ahhhh”. 

Let us know how this goes if you try this, it’s super easy and quick! 

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