Dalgona Coffee

dalgona coffee with pigs in a blanket in a plate

Hey there, all you beautiful people!

Today, I’ve decided to share something that's pretty simple to make, with ingredients that most of us probably already have, that is absolutely delicious as well.

It’s the endlessly Instagrammable beverage: DALGONA COFFEE. 

Hon Kee Cafe (a small shipyard cafe in Macau owned by former shipbuilder Leong Kam Hon) was where South Korean actor Jung Il-Woo first tasted this whipped coffee drink. Leong had apparently learned how to whip coffee into a frothy foam from a foreign couple who had visited the Macau Grand Prix. When Jung Il-Woo first had a sip, he likened the taste to a popular South Korean honeycomb toffee called Dalgona, hence the name. The beverage is simply a form of whipped coffee that has been around for some time in various cultures around the world, that is also known as Frappe Coffee in Greece, Beaten Coffee in India, Nescafé in Libya, and Cafe Cubano in Cuba.

Dalgona Coffee became wildly popular on social media a few months back, just as the pandemic was ramping up, and inspired many people (including me) to try to make it themselves in order to figure out what the global community was raving about. Even though the trend has died down a bit, I’ll still pull out my instant coffee and make some for myself every so often, partially because I enjoy it that much, and partially because it’s something that helped bring people together in these trying times. 

To make it, all you’ll need are equal amounts of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. Mix them all together and whip it until it becomes a creamy foam. You can whip with an electric mixer or, if you’re brave, whisk constantly by hand for around 5-7 minutes. 

To put it all together, scoop some ice into a cup, add your favorite kind of milk, and then top with the whipped coffee. Mix the whipped coffee with the milk and Voila! You get a delicious caramel explosion on your taste buds. Try it, you won’t regret it!