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Vegan Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Vietnamese iced coffee is a drink that brings together both coffee and non-coffee lovers. The taste of ground roasted coffee beans laced with the sweetness of condensed milk is on another level! I remember the first time I fell in love with Vietnamese iced coffee. I was quite young, around 8 or 9, so not at the age where my parents allowed me to drink coffee. But I remember sneakily taking a sip of my Mum’s iced coffee and it was there I fell in love! Of course… it took another few years until I was able to have a full drink to myself! Now, I enjoy a vegan version of the Vietnamese iced coffee and it still tastes absolutely delicious so I’m going to show you the recipe!
This is part of my authentic vegan Vietnamese series – more to come!
- Creates: 1 serve
- Dietary: V | VG | GF | NF
- Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
- Cook Time: –
- Total Time: 5-10 minutes
- 2-3 tbsp Vietnamese ground coffee*
- 3-4 heaped tbsp vegan condensed milk^, adjust to taste
- Several ice cubes
- Vietnamese coffee filter set`
- Plant-based milk (optional), adjust to taste
- Boil some water in the kettle.
- As it’s boiling, pour condensed milk into a cup. It should form a thick layer at the bottom. Adjust according to your sweet tooth (less if you want a stronger coffee flavour and more if you want to overpower the coffee/make it sweeter).
- Assemble the coffee filter set on top of the cup. The coffee holder should sit on top of the circular filter. Remove the gravity insert. Add in ground coffee. Place the gravity insert back into the holder. Pour boiled water into the filter filling all the way up to the top. Place lid on top. The coffee should slow drip into the condensed milk – this will take a few minutes.
- Meanwhile in another cup, fill it to the top with ice cubes. Let it sit for while – the melting ice will balance out the intensity of the coffee and condensed milk (but if it’s melting too fast, you can remove some of the water).
- When the coffee is no longer dripping, remove the filter set. Mix the hot coffee and condensed milk together with a spoon. Pour the coffee mixture into the iced cup and enjoy! You can add milk into the coffee to make it creamier.
*The most popular brand is called Trung Nguyen. You can buy the coffee from most Asian grocery stores especially Vietnamese ones.
^Vegan condensed milk is often made out of coconut milk. It’s gradually becoming more readily available at large supermarkets but you can easily make a homemade one with just a can of coconut milk and some sugar!
`You can find this Vietnamese coffee maker/press at Asian grocery stores. Vietnamese iced coffee is a drip coffee so this is essential!
How to Make it Whole Foods
At Embody Nourish, we promote a plant-based diet that comprise mainly of whole foods. This means no oil (even ‘healthy’ oils such as coconut or olive oil), refined or processed foods. However we understand that this ideal is not yet mainstream so we strive to accomodate everyone while encouraging small changes.
As you can tell, this recipe is on the sweeter side and as much as we love our whole foods, we adore desserts too! Even though we promote a whole foods plant-based diet, there is nothing wrong with indulgences within a balanced lifestyle. Foods like this increase our quality of life and it’s good for our mental health to be able to enjoy these recipes guilt-free. Plus, we often share them with our friends and family and that’s what life is about!
You can make this vegan Vietnamese iced coffee more whole foods by:
- Making your own vegan condensed milk. Store bought condensed milk often has preservatives that you can avoid by making some at home. A bonus is you can adjust the sweetness according to your preference too!