Vietnamese Iced Coffee


Hello, my name is Sarah and I’m a coffee addict. I am the caffeinated beverage of choice for mosquitoes. I am the wicked bitch of the south when I have not yet had my morning coffee. My worst fear about the possibility of the zombiepocalypse may well be running out of coffee. I enjoy my coffee in many forms; mocha, latte, Nespresso, those fun little coffee bags, espresso martini, affogato, voltage chillers, tiramisu, icecream… even instant has its place! Hey, don’t judge me, I’m a nurse and at 3am, everything caffeinated tastes good!


As it happens though, my absolute favourite right now is Vietnamese iced coffee. It’s strong, it’s sweet, it’s cold and refreshing – exactly what you need in the middle of summer!


About 18 months ago I was on the hunt for a super impressive, aren’t I the most amazing daughter you’ve ever had, check out how thoughtful I am, birthday present. The problem with really stepping it up in the gift giving arena is that it then becomes expected and you have to try to top yourself time after time. Exhausting. If only I could go back in time and keep it all ho hum! Anyway, I stumbled upon a fabulous little business in Adelaide called ‘Foodi’. They do a variety of walking tours all centered around food and unearthing some great little locations around the city!


Now, my mother, in spite of having grown up here and being back in Adelaide for some years now, really hasn’t explored Adelaide much at all. That, combined with the fact that their prices were really very kind to the uni student budget, meant Foodi had the perfect present!


Now I’m not going to give too much away because, if you do choose to check these tours out, I think the surprise venues are part of the fun. However the particular tour we did visited a place I’d never been before but that is now one of my favourites – Sit Lo. Included in the yummy things I sampled from their menu was my very first Vietnamese iced coffee. There was no turning back. I HAD to work out how to make these myself!


I’m lucky enough to have a good friend who grew up in Cambodia and she eventually showed me not only how to make this decadent beverage but also where in Adelaide I could get everything I needed. So, as promised in my last post, here’s how to make a Vietnamese iced coffee!


Everything you’ll need, plus some boiling water!

What you’ll need;

  • A suitable coffee (I use Trung Nguyen ‘Gourmet Blend’ coffee)
  • Vietnamese style coffee filter
  • Ice
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Boiling water


A note about the coffee – not all coffee is created equal and not all coffee is suitable for a Vietnamese iced coffee. Before I understood this I tried to make one with a shot of nespresso and, I’m telling you, it’s not even close to right. Disappointment city. You’ll notice on the packet that it states ‘natural and artificial flavours’ and I think this is where the difference lies. If you can’t find the coffee I use, pop into an Asian grocery store and ask if they have something suitable!


I use this coffee – this box has 2 bags of coffee in it.

  1. Add sweetened condensed milk to the bottom of a glass – I have about 2 heaped teaspoons but you can play with this depending on how sweet you like it!
  2. Add about 3 heaped teaspoons of the coffee to the metal cup, place the the press on top and then put coffee filter plate and metal cup on top of the glass with the sweetened condensed milk in it.

    Three teaspoons about that size should give you the 20g you need.

  3. Fill the metal cup to the top with boiling water and place the lid on.

  4. While your coffee brews, fill a tall glass with ice cubes and add a long handled spoon.

     This is a fun way to serve for a bit of a novelty, especially if you’re making it for someone who hasn’t tried it before!

  5. This is the point where you can either serve the coffee to your guests and, once it has finished filtering, they will assemble it themselves (somewhat of a novelty, I must admit!) OR you can assemble it yourself. One the dripping has stopped, stir the condensed milk and coffee together, then pour over the ice.

I am not sure why the coffee on the left is so sad but it was delicious and made me very happy!

Now the catch to making this is finding the coffee and the coffee filter. Try your local Asian grocer, however not all of them stock what you will need (mine doesn’t) but if you are in Adelaide you can pop into Thuan Phat Supermarket, either in Croydon Park or the Central Markets to get everything you need!


I have also noticed some places selling packs with everything you’d need and, perhaps if convenience is an issue, they’d be worth grabbing but I find the $30 price tag a little steep. It cost me all of $12 to buy the ingredients and 2 coffee filters myself and even if you also needed to buy the glasses, Kmart or Ikea would still keep it under $20! A decadent treat on a budget is my absolute favourite. And if you do head to Croydon Park, make sure to sample the phở!



One thought on “Vietnamese Iced Coffee”

  1. I have seen this advertised at a local take away shop but not been game enough to try it…looks delicious. The lady in the shop is Cambodian so she should make it right. Thanks for sharing. Pam

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