Unless you’re not on social media, you’ve probably seen this frothy, cloud-like coffee on everyone’s Insta Stories or TikToks. It’s the coffee that has taken the world by storm recently, dubbed as “Dalgona Coffee”.
Although this drink has origins in Macau, India, and Pakistan (it has a variety of names, including soft coffee, desi coffee and phenti hui coffee, among others), it was popularised by Jung Il Woo, a South Korean actor, who appeared on a Korean TV-show, Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant.
In the show, Il Woo was seen in Macau, where he first tried the drink. When other cast members saw how the drink was made, and how the coffee mixture had turned into a light brown colour, they alluded it to ‘dalgona’, a traditional Korean street candy of the same name that has a similar brown tone.
The coffee gained popularity in South Korea, as everyone showed off their coffee-whipping skills on social media, starting the “Dalgona coffee” trend.
And since then, it’s been everywhere. People from different parts of the world have tried their hand at making this coffee, sharing their process and end result on their social media accounts.
So it piqued my interest—does the coffee taste as nice as it looks? And how easy is it to make?
And so, like many TikTokers, I jumped on the trend.
The Ingredients + Mixing Process
From what I’ve seen, the coffee is pretty simple to make. All you gotta do is mix equal amounts of sugar, instant coffee and water. I decided to include six tablespoons of coffee, six tablespoons of water and six tablespoons of sugar. (Don’t call the Health Promotion Board on me—I didn’t consume this all alone, I shared it with four people.)
Now for the mixing process, there were two options: I could either choose to hand-mix it or use an electric mixer. I wanted the experience to be as ‘authentic’ as possible, so I decided to hand-mix it.
Now, this was a bad decision. I mixed for 30 minutes, and it barely foamed up. Begrudgingly (also because my arm was sore), I turned to the mixer for help. So, if you’re thinking of giving this a go, heed my advice: use a mixer if you have one. It’s faster and your arm won’t ache for a week.
After I used the mixer, the coffee mixture turned frothy in a mere 10 to 15 minutes. Here’s a tip: If you prefer the mixture to be super foamy and bouncy, add a little more sugar. In my second attempt in making the coffee, I added slightly more sugar, and the mixture became way thicker, faster. (It could be the sugar, but I wouldn’t say using the electric mixer from the get-go didn’t play a part.)
End Result + Verdict
Assembling the final product is pretty simple as well: Put in ice into a glass, add milk of your choice, and then top it off with the coffee mixture. With the amount of coffee mixture I had, I was able to make around five cups of Dalgona coffee.
So we can all agree that it’s Instagrammable, but how does it taste?
As someone who doesn’t like coffee for how bitter it is, I actually enjoyed this because it was sweet and had a light taste. After you mix the drink, you’ll get a texture that’s quite similar to milk tea, and the good thing is that you won’t get jelak because it’s not excessively rich. People with a sweet tooth would definitely enjoy this.
Would I make this again? Absolutely! In fact, I would even recommend for everyone to give it a go!
So if you’re staying at home like the responsible citizen you are and looking for something new to try out, why not try making this hype-worthy Dalgona coffee? You’ll get social media content out of this too!
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Images: Sally Manik