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Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Đá)

A simple recipe for Vietnamese Iced Coffee, (Cà Phê Sữa Đá) which features a rich, strong chicory coffee slowly dripped through a phin filter into sweetened condensed milk.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 65kcal
Author Michelle


  • 1-2 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk or to your taste
  • 2 tablespoon coarse-ground dark roast coffee Cafe du Monde or Trung Nguyen
  • ½ C hot boiling water
  • 1 C ice


Prepare the Vietnamese coffee:

  • In a heat-resistant glass, add in the condensed milk (you can add more or less to your taste).
  • To the coffee phin filter "cup," add 2 tablespoons of coarse ground coffee.
  • Gently tap to ensure the coffee grounds are evenly spread out.
  • Place the top disc on and carefully screw it over the filter "cup" with your fingers. Use a metal spoon and continue to tighten until you feel some resistance.
  • Place the coffee phin over top of the glass with the condensed milk.
  • Pour about 1 tablespoon of hot boiling water into the coffee phin to bloom the coffee grounds and observe how quickly the water drips through. If it's dripping quickly, carefully use a spoon to tighten the filter.
    (Note: the coffee filter is metal so it will be hot). If no coffee is dripping through, then carefully use the spoon to loosen the filter a bit.
  • When the coffee is dripping at an ideal slow rate, pour the rest of the hot water (it should take about 4-5 minutes for the coffee to finish dripping through) and place the cover over top.


  • Add ice cubes to a tall glass.
  • Once the coffee has finished dripping, remove the phin filter.
  • Stir the condensed milk and coffee together, and pour into the glass with ice.
  • Add a straw and enjoy immediately.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 0.04mg