Dalgona Coffee: Two Recipes
South Korea has been one of the Asian countries that has most readily adopted coffee as their beverage of choice. Although tea has been around for at least a millennia in this region, coffee has slowly gained a special place in the heart of Asia: Japan invented iced coffee through their very own Hario V60, Hong Kong invented “Yuenyeung”, coffee with tea and milk, and now South Korea has come forward with a catchy drink that has become a phenomenon around the world: Dalgona coffee.
Dalgona coffee gets its name from a traditional Korean sweet, dalgona, which is a toffee and has a color and appearance similar to coffee with milk.
The drink was popularized during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people shared their recipes to make café-style coffee at home with few ingredients, Dalgona coffee stood out as a delicious drink that was easy to make and required few ingredients.
Without further ado, let’s see what ingredients we’ll need for Dalgona coffee and how to make it.
- 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
- 30ml hot water (boiling if possible)
- 1 and ½ cups whole milk
- 40 grams confectioners’ sugar
- Ice cubes (optional)
- In a small or medium sized bowl, pour instant coffee and sugar.
- Boil water. As soon as it starts bubbling, turn the stove off and pour on top of coffee and sugar.
- Start whisking; after a while, the mix will start thickening.
- Once it has a thick, mousse-like consistency, stop whisking. If you desire more thickness, add more sugar at this point.
- Pour ice (optional) and milk into a tall glass. Sweeten if desired.
- Carefully pour the dalgona on top.
Here’s an interesting detail about dalgona coffee; cuban coffee is enjoyed in a similar way, and has been for a while. There’s an old recipe that combines instant coffee and cane sugar in a similar fashion, forming a thick, creamy coffee. However, this is then enjoyed with either espresso or moka pot coffee. No milk in sight!
Let’s get a little more creative and try a dalgona recipe that uses artificial sweetener and vegetable milk as a healthier option to sugar and cow’s milk!
Sugar-free Dalgona Coffee
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 30 ml hot water
- Confectioners’ swerve, stevia, or similar.
- 1 and ½ cups soy milk.
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.
- In a small bowl, pour coffee and sweetener.
- Add boiling water and whisk until you reach the desired consistency.
- In a tall glass, pour soy milk, vanilla extract, and sweetener if desired.
- Add dalgona on top.
Dalgona can be enjoyed with practically any food. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll completely fall in love with this recipe.
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