Normally, when Sam shoots videos, she asks me to assign the recipes. But, this past week, she took the initiative to shoot a coffee video even if no recipe existed yet in the blog. Dalgona coffee.
When Sam handed me my glass of chocolate-sprinkled frothy coffee, I gasped. At that point, I didn’t even know what the frothy coffee on top of cold milk was called. I only knew that it was utterly delightful.
I would learn its name later after Sam handed me her flash drive with the finished video. When I played the video, the title said “Dalgona Coffee” and I had to search Google.
One claim has it that, in a TV show, a Korean actor tried whipped coffee in Macau, liked it and nicknamed it dalgona because it looked like a sponge candy with the same name.
Now that doesn’t look like the drink that Sam made, right?
According to an article in the New York Post, the current craze of placing the whipped coffee on top of milk started with a video on Tiktok that made its way to Youtube and, from there, people just went crazy over the drink. I can understand why.
Dalgona coffee, as it has evolved anyway, is a visual delight to begin with. The coffee is so thick that it falls into folds. But it’s light too that it floats on milk. How is that even possible? It was only after watching Sam’s video that I understood.
Air. Coffee, sugar and water are whipped to create air bubbles so fine you can’t see them. Just like beating egg whites to stiff peaks.
Is it hard to make Dalgona coffee at home? No… but if you have to whip the coffee and sugar by hand, I hope you have strong arm and hand muscles. With a hand mixer, it takes five minutes or so for the mixture to double in volume. If you do it by hand, with a wire whisk, it will probably take longer.
Can you make Dalgona coffee with a fork? Aaahhhhh… well, you’re welcome to try.
Dalgona Coffee with Dark Chocolate Topping
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 cup milk (see notes after the recipe)
- chopped dark chocolate to garnish (optional but highly recommended)
- In a large mixing bowl (see notes after the recipe), whip the coffee, sugar and milk until thick. The consistency you're looking for is that of an emulsion. Like mayonnaise. Or egg whites beaten to stiff peaks.
- Divide the milk equally between glasses (well, you can use opaque mugs unless you're aiming for aesthetics).
- Spoon the whipped coffee on top of the milk.
- Sprinkle chopped dark chocolate on top of the coffee and serve.
- Notes on serving. You will want to use a teaspoon to stir the frothy coffee into the milk.
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