October 12, 2008

Apocalypse Chow II - Cafe Sua Da

This guy was very amused when I ordered the third cup of iced coffee in as many minutes

As mentioned in the previous post, cafe sua da, coffee with condensed milk and ice, was one of the highlights of our trip to Vietnam. We were there at one of the most hot and humid times of year and this ice cold drink made the mugginess bearable.

About two tablespoons of sweet condensed milk is poured in

The very thick and strong, but somehow not bitter, coffee is prepared beforehand and poured in on top of the condensed milk. The vendors are happy to accommodate personal preferences on the milk:coffee ratio; I preferred less milk so that its strong flavor did not overwhelm the coffee.

Nearby, ice is sawed and hacked the old fashioned way from this block and then smashed into cubes for sale in plastic bags

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