How to Make that Internet Coffee Drink: Dalgona Coffee Recipe


Are you even on lockdown if you haven't tried the famous Dalgona Coffee yet? 

The latest social media trend has everyone in quarantine making Dalgona Coffee. If you are curious about the origin story of said drink, some googling revealed that the drink itself originated from India, Pakistan and Macau. Actor Jung II-Woo travelled to Macau, tried the drink and gave it the nickname 'Dalgona', which shares its name and resemblance with Korea's version of Dalgona honeycomb sweets. But South Asia has been making it long before, just under a different name. It's called 'Phenti Hui Coffee' (Whipped Coffee or Beaten Coffee). But no matter what it is called, it still is a whipped coffee consisting of four ingredients.

It turned out pretty well for my first try, so I thought I would share my recipe for a fluffy, whipped Dalgona coffee with you. It is definitely a lot easier to make than it looks and all you need is instant coffee, sugar, water, milk and electric mixer or a whisk.

The ration of ingredients is super simple 1:1:1
  • 2 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp. instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp. very hot water (boiling water damages the coffee)
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
Step 1 - Pour the caster sugar, coffee and water into a mixing bowl or mug (latter as it is easier when using an electric whisk so it avoids mixture going anywhere).

Step 2 - Mix with a whisk by hand (and risk feeling the ache for 3 days after) or just grab a small hand-mixer and let it do the work for you. You want to aim for a mixture that is lighter brown, flurry and holds stiff peaks when the whisk is removed.

Step 3 - Add ice and milk to a cup or heat the milk if desired. I personally use chilled oat milk, my favourite vegan milk for coffee and breakfast is Oatly and I cannot recommend it enough. Spoon dollops of the frothed coffee mixture on top and smooth out with a spoon. Mix thoroughly to enjoy! 

  • You won't be able to get the fluffiest results as seen in videos and photos if you reduce the amount of sugar. However, you can reduce the sugar to 1 tbsp and it will still be pretty tasty.
  • You can use an electric mixer or whisk by hand, but risk an arm ache with the latter!
  • I definitely would not have this every day as it has quite a lot of sugar. I may replace the sugar with zero-calorie caramel syrup and I shall let you know how that goes.

Et voila!

Stay safe and wash your hands! Let me know how you’re doing in the comments!

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