The expression TGIF has pretty much lost all meaning. What even is a Friday now? Nevertheless, I think we all need to celebrate getting through another week of social distancing. That’s why today felt like the day to try whipped dalgona coffee, which seems to be the Official Coffee Drink™ of the quarantine. Originating in South Korea, then going nuts on TikTok, this frothy caffeinated treat is made with only three ingredients: hot water, sugar, and instant coffee. As a coffee snob, I admit this that last ingredient gave me pause. But it turns out those dissolving crystals melt into a foamy, creamy elixir for the soul.
Here’s how to make it:
Mix 2 tbsp instant coffee with 2 tbsp of white sugar and 2 tbsp of hot water. I used boiling water from the kettle. Whip together using a hand or stand mixer until you get a caramel-coloured froth. (I hear you can whisk by hand, but it takes about 15 minutes, and that, while tempting, using an immersion blender can make the instant coffee bitter.) In a cup, pour milk over ice. Then spoon the foam generously over the top, and mix. A colleague said she tried with matcha powder, and it was also delicious. I see no reason why you couldn’t also try this with warm milk.
This video shows how it’s done.