August 4, 2015

How to Make Vietnamese Iced Coffee

This stuff is so good. So, so, so good, and so easy to shake together in the morning! That’s right, I like to shake my iced coffee, boba-shop style :). From my relatively small batch of cold brew (I only made 8 cups of it, compared to The Pioneer Woman’squarts!), I’ve been able to make creamy, scrumptious Vietnamese iced coffee for myself a few times, my husband a few times, my mom, and my friend Jamie! They all really enjoyed it, and I think you will, too!

The main thing that makes this coffee Vietnamese is the condensed milk (pictured left), not to be confused with evaporated milk (pictured right):

While they are both canned dairy products, condensed milk is a thick, oozy, super sweet product that has a completely different effect than evaporated milk, which just tastes like rich milk to me. I use it for things like my Hong Kong Milk Tea. You cannot substitute one for the other. Condensed milk is the stuff you drizzle over your shaved snow, shaved ice, or use in key lime pie. Evaporated milk is more similar to half-and-half. Be sure to get the right one!

As for the “splash” ingredient, The Pioneer Woman recommends half-and-half, but I have experimented with splashing in both heavy cream and then whole milk, and I liked it equally well both ways.

After you’ve added all your ingredients, be sure to stir it up really well, otherwise the condensed milk settles on the bottom and it gets too sweet at the end (or the beginning, if you’re using a straw)… although I guess if it came down to it, you could just add more coffee and milk and then enjoy some more of this scrumptious beverage! :). If you like your iced coffee creamy and sweet, you have to try this recipe. So easy, so delicious!!


Vietnamese Iced Coffee
From The Pioneer Woman
Makes 1 cup



  1. Pack a glass full of ice cubes.
  2. Fill glass 2/3 full with cold brew concentrate.
  3. Add healthy splash of milk.
  4. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and stir (or shake) well to combine.
  5. Taste and adjust milk and/or condensed milk as needed.

5 responses to “Vietnamese Iced Coffee Recipe”

  1. How do u make cold brew

  2. Jeff says:

    One more thing that would make this more authentically Vietnamese would be to use Robusta coffee rather than Arabica coffee, since Vietnamese coffee is made from Robusta while most of the brewed coffee we’re used to (Starbucks, Blue Bottle, etc.) is Arabica. They’re entirely different species of coffee with different flavor profiles, sort of like the difference between having your milk tea made with black tea vs. green tea!*

    (* Ok not really since green tea and black tea come from the same species of plant, but the point is they taste different!)

  3. Jeff says:

    Not that this doesn’t already sound delicious…