If there were five things I remembered about Vietnam, they would be scooters, scooters, pho, spring rolls, and coffee.
Don’t get me wrong. Vietnam has many things special – but it was their coffee that would keep me WIDE awake, made me energised and wanted to have that every meal. Take note: I am usually a NON-coffee drinker.
The presentation was already an eye-opener, all fascinating to watch the drip-drip-dripping of Vietnamese coffee. It made drinking coffee look stylish and NOT boring. And if packaged properly, this French inspired coffee will have no problem reaching out to the world.
The iced coffee is usually made with finely ground dark roast coffee individually brewed with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter (cà phê phin).
The content will drip into a cup containing about a quarter to a half as much sweetened condensed milk, stirred and poured over ice. They do not use fresh milk because it is hardly available and more difficult to store.
If you are game for it, try the weasel coffee. What? Yes, Weasel coffee.
Weasels are raised in the coffee plantations, where they run around and eat up the ripest coffee cherries. If you think the coffee tasted emmmmm …. different, now you know it was because of their gastric juices that made the taste earthy and chocolately. Crudely said, you would be having weasel s***.
In short, the Vietnamese coffee was rich, delicious, well-roasted yet never burnt. Compared to Ang Moh coffee, I would said they had a stronger kao kao and ‘real’ taste.
The most famous Vietnamese brand would be Trung Nguyen Coffee, founded in 1996 with over 1,000 coffee shops nation-wide. They were everywhere in Ho Chi Minh, with a selection so wide they needed a newspaper format for their menu.
Very creative too such that they named their ‘creative’ coffee from Creative 1 to Creative 5 (for level of strongness), at the price of about 40000 dong ($2.80).
Trung Nguyen Coffee, 82-84 Bui Thi Xuan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Trung Nguyen Cafe @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore
L1-71, Bay Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7493
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 12am (Fri & Sat)