The French introduced coffee to Vietnam in the 19th century, and it has become an essential morning ritual of many Vietnamese. Since then, you can find a coffee shop at every street corner in Saigon. Early in the morning, men would fill up the coffee shops to get their morning fix before heading to work. Some read their newspaper while other people enjoy coffee over a game of Chinese chess. Today, coffee shops have become more modern, where young people can hang out and listen to the latest musicians. Unlike my husband and mom, who are addicted to coffee, I like to drink mine on the weekend. My favorite brand of coffe is Café Du Monde. Using a metal filter, the coffee is extracted with hot water, slowly dripping until the last drop. The sweetness of the condensed milk when mixed with the black coffee creates an unbelievable flavor. I slowly sip it, savoring every drop. If you are coffee lover, you will fall in love with Vietnamese coffee.
2 tbsps of coffee (Café Du Monde)
2 tbsps of condensed milk (Parrot)
½ cup of hot water
½ cup of ice
Pour the condensed milk in a cup. Remove the filter’s top screen and fill with coffee. Put the screen back on and turn until you feel a bit of resistance. Pour the hot water into the filter and put the lid over the top.
Let the coffee drip for about 15 minutes. When the dripping stops, mix the coffee and condensed milk together.
Let it cool before adding ice.
Today Vu planned a very nice excursion to Laguna Beach since we had the day off. After lunch and hours of walking, we decided to stop by 85˚C Bakery Cafe in Irvine before heading home. The first time I came to 85˚C Bakery Cafe was when my parents visited us for Christmas. As soon as Vu drove in the parking lot, I ran to the back of the line. There were about 20 people ahead of me waiting for their 85˚C fix. The line moved relatively fast and within 10 minutes, an employee gave me the ok to enter. I picked up a tray and tongs and made my way through the bakery knowing exactly what I wanted. We were lucky enough to get two of their most popular items, taro swirl bread and brioche loaf, along with our other favorites. Fresh out of the oven, the brioche loaf was light like a cloud with a hint of sweetness. On the other hand, the taro swirl had a nice crunch and perfect balance of bread and taro. Everything was ABSOLUTELY amazing! Even the sea salt coffee! Known for its excellent selection of pastries, cakes, drinks, and coffee and reasonable pricing, 85˚C Bakery Café has become quite popular among Southern Californians. If you are in the area, give this bakery a try and it might end up being one of your favorite places. 85˚C Bakery Café has become a favorite stop for both Vu and me.
sea salt coffee