i’m not sure when i had my first taste of vietnamese coffee, but after trying it while on a trip to ho chi minh city with my mom, i was hooked! not hooked to the point of drinking this every day (it is mighty strong coffee!), but this is good substitution for when i want something hot (and sweet) to drink.
we picked up some metal drip filters and vietnamese dark roast coffee from ben thanh market and tried to replicate the drink when we got back home. it bombed. it came out watery. and ground coffee was swimming around in the cups. mom and i were embarrassed because we had been bragging about this new drink and how we can make it at home, and … nothing. so the metal drip filters stayed in the cupboard for a while.
until cheeks and i went to Pho Lang Thang, the hip new vietnamese restaurant in findlay market! more on them on a separate post, but their coffee brought back memories of that restaurant in ho chi minh city and we just had to ask how PLT made it.
cheeks and i still messed up when we tried this at home: we now believe you only need 2 TEAspoons of the vietnamese ground coffee, as opposed to the 2 tablespoons we heaped into the filters. needless to say it was a sleepless night for both. BUT the flavors were there! success! close to anyway.
the coffee is very easy to make! and i imagine you can use any type of dark roast ground coffee. just make sure you have condensed milk on hand.
here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare ca phe sua da.
and here’s a little fun, animated gif for your viewing pleasure: