After a long day exploring the colourful and dizzying streets of Saigon, visitors regain their cool with a tall glass of iced Café Sua Da (cah-fay soo dah). Made with rich and creamy condensed milk, which doesn’t spoil in the tropical heat, this sweet and refreshing brew is a Vietnamese classic. Use a strong French roast, or coffee and chicory blend like Café Du Monde, to get the authentic bold and slightly bitter flavour.
2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (Longevity brand is authentic)
2 tbsp medium coarse ground French roast coffee or Café du Monde
1 cup boiling water
1 large glass of ice for serving
Vietnamese coffee press (ca phe phin) or French press
Place condensed milk in bottom of glass. Place coffee into base of Vietnamese coffee press and screw lid on tightly. Position the press on top of the glass containing condensed milk.
Pour boiling water into press and let coffee drip for about 5 minutes. (Alternately, brew coffee using a French Press and pour over condensed milk.)
Stir coffee and condensed milk together. Pour into tall glass filled with ice and drink with a straw.
Serve with: A fresh cream puff or mochi (soft rice cake).