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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vietnamese Coffee

When I was at the Vietnamese market picking up some Thai basil seeds for a friend I happened to remember wanting to try Vietnamese coffee. I had planned on ordering some online, but then I thought...hey I'll just ask them if they carry a Vietnamese style coffee filter (I didn't know it was called a phin filter). Oh yes they had one, then she was excited to show me what coffee to get too...





Cafe Du Monte - a French style coffee with chicory (I think it's popular in New Orleans) I have never had coffee with chicory before so I wasn't sure how it would taste. She said it is the kind that she drinks and her husband likes it. The other brand they had was Trung Nguyen, (now that one sounded Vietnamese) and was $3 more, so I thought I would try that one next time.




It is an individual filter that fits on your cup, it has a lid and inner screw on filter. I should of shown that. First you put some sweetened condensed milk in your cup, then the filter on top. I had two of these cups that came with the little pot to hold the hot water, so that worked well. I think I'll pick up anothe phin filter too since it was only $4 and that way a friend can make their they way they want it at the same time!








Just add the coffee to the filter...the lady who helped me said to add just a teaspoon full of coffee powder, but then her husband spoke up and said to fill it halfway...hehe I guess he likes it strong.





Then screw on the top filter...






...pour in the hot water...






... let it steep into the cup and I keep filling it until the cup was full...







mmm...a nice strong cup of coffee, I'm glad I started out with a smaller amount, but I used less for Maranda who also wanted to try it. Some like to leave the sweetened condensed milk and save it for the end, but I liked to mix mine and I added a little cream to it. You could use a French Press and some French roast coffee instead.




I drank it hot with my muah chee, but I do like it over ice too. Or for a whole new drink it would be good in a blender with ice...oh and some chai spice :P

When you come to visit I'll have the second one ready for you!