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Dalgona Coffee: the Korean trend that’s taken the lockdown period by storm. Zoomers (and the millennial #titas keeping up) are going gaga over the latest food trend to hit Instagram & Tiktok like wildfire.

And since most of us are under the enhanced community quarantine until April anyway, we figured you might want to try making it as well (and to those supportive folks helping out their partners or siblings for their Tiktok accounts, rest assured it’s worth the effort!). But first, what is it?

dalgona coffee
Photo from @itsmycookie

Dalgona coffee (a.k.a. whipped coffee) is called that because it resembles a popular sponge street candy in South Korea called Dalgona. What makes it worth trying though is that it mimics the foamy texture of a cappuccino without needing to froth milk (because unless you are a hardcore coffee lover, you probably don’t have a milk frother just lying around your kitchen).

So, what makes it so good? First, let’s look at the science behind it. To put it simply, mixing instant coffee, sugar, and water produces a highly viscous fluid solution which is capable of entrapping small air bubbles within. Beating with a whisk or a hand mixer introduces air to the solution and voila! You have a rich, sweet foam that doubles your coffee’s intensity.

The secret lies in having the proper ratio of instant coffee to sugar to water. Just like the art of baking, precision is key! So without further ado, here’s how you can make Dalgona Coffee. 

dalgona coffee
Photo from @cincincincincincincin

Ingredients (for 1 serving):

  • 1 tbsp Instant Coffee
  • 1 tbsp Sugar (white or brown)
  • 1 tbsp Hot water
  • 400ml Milk
  • Ice

Instructions:

Combine all three ingredients in a bowl and mix using a hand mixer for around 2-4 minutes or until you reach your preferred foaminess.

Transfer to a glass with ice and milk and you have yourself Dalgona Coffee. 

P.S. Using 3-in-1 coffee won’t get you the same level of foam as compared to instant coffee, but it's still possible if that’s what you have at home!

Bonus: If you’re feeling a little more experimental, you can try mixing ½ tbsp of chocolate powder and ½ tbsp of instant coffee instead of 1 tbsp of coffee to create a mocha version!

Don’t believe how easy it is? Check out the video that started it all.

Posted on Tiktok.

By Lian Castro

Looking for different ways to spice it up? Check out these innovations on the Dalgona Coffee.

Torched Dalgona Coffee

Think your dalgona coffee could use a fancy touch? Replace the white sugar with 2 Tbsp. of confectioners sugar, whip until it foams, transfer to a piping bag, pipe the mixture on top of the milk, and torch the top until it turns golden brown.

Torched Dalgona Coffee
Photo from Enzo Singson

Dirty Horchata

To add a dirty horchata spin to your dalgona coffee, simply add cinnamon to your milk and top it with a dash of cinnamon as well.

Dalgona Coffee Dirty Horchata
Photo from @ananikitapaz

Dalgona Coffee with Coffee Jelly

Don’t fancy cinnamon? Perhaps coffee jelly and black cocoa powder is the upgrade you’ll enjoy. To make this, simply create your usual dalgona coffee, add the coffee jelly, and then garnish with the black cocoa powder.

Photo from @frogshellacool

Dalgona Coffee with Flavored Milk

Level up your dalgona coffee with either strawberry, banana, or oreo milk. To make flavored milk, all you have to do is to mash your preferred ingredient in a glass and then add the milk.

Dalgona Coffee with Oreo Milk
Photo from Youtube | Naipurpur

Black and White Dalgona Coffee

Is Oreo milk too simple an upgrade for you? Check out this recipe of Black and White Dalgon Dalgona Coffee by Hew Cheng that includes dark cocoa and Oreo.

Dark Chocolate and Oreo Dalgona Coffee
Photo from @frogshellacool

Ingredients:

  • Dark Cocoa Powder
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Brown Sugar
  • Coffee Powder
  • Oreo
  • Water

Procedure:

Combine and whisk well the following into a cup: Dark cocoa powder, milk, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Afterwards, add more milk in the cup.

In a separate cup/bowl, mix coffee powder, sugar, and dissolved black cocoa power and whip until it looks like foam. Pour this mixture on top of the milk.

Garnish with the toppings of your choice.

Dalgona Milo and Matcha

For all you non-coffee drinkers, you can also make caffeine-free dalgona with Milo and Matcha. Simply add a dash of chilled all-purpose cream/whipped cream in your mixture then put it in the refrigerator for a while before you begin whisking until it foams.

Note: It may not look as frothy as dalgona coffee, however, it’s light enough to not sink to the bottom.

Dalgona Matcha
Photo from @lilxstar

Well, that’s all there is to it! In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we hope this recipe (and Tiktok plug) helped. Try it out for yourself and let us know if you liked it through our Instagram, @bookyapp. Take care always! – The Booky Team