Coming all the way from Huế, Cà Phê Muối (Vietnamese Salt Coffee / Salted Coffee / Salted Cream Coffee) is creating quite a buzz among the coffee lovers in Vietnam.

A glass of Vietnamese Salted Cream Coffee (Cà Phê Muối)

Crafted with the beloved Vietnamese iced coffee as its base, what sets it apart is the remarkable salted cream froth.

I’ve got a hunch it’s about to steal the hearts of all the Vietnamese cuisine fans out there in the near future.

🙋‍♀️ What is Cà Phê Muối?

Cà Phê Muối, which translates to “Salt Coffee” in Vietnamese, might sound a bit confusing, but there’s actually no salt in the coffee itself. Surprisingly, the salt is mixed into the creamy froth on top.

Now, salted desserts are nothing groundbreaking (hello, salted caramel everything!). With this “salt coffee,” the cream froth isn’t overly sweet. Instead, the salt kicks it up a notch, taking the flavor to a whole new level.

A glass of Vietnamese Salted Cream Coffee (Cà Phê Muối)

Just like Bánh Mì and Vietnamese yogurt , coffee is a heritage of French influence on Vietnamese cuisine.

I bet many of you are already familiar with Vietnamese iced coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Đá) or Vietnamese egg coffee (Cà Phê Trứng).

A glass of Vietnamese coffee
Vietnamese drip coffee

Us Vietnamese just can’t get enough of coffee (and maybe milk tea). I’m a proud Vietnamese native, born and raised here, but now living abroad.

Ever since I was little, I have enjoyed pouring iced coffee over Bánh Flan (yup, that’s how we eat flan caramel in Vietnam). And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve totally fallen for Bạc Xỉu (which is more like a coffee-flavored milk).

Vietnamesse flan
The real-deal Vietnamese flan is with coffee

And lately, I’ve been obsessed with avocado coffee aka Cà Phê Bơ, where people combine iced coffee with avocado smoothie (sinh tố bơ).

So, Cà Phê Muối… My “first time” with it happened in Huế, its hometown, and it was just love at first sip.

Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, is kind of like the Kyoto of Japan.

This serene place is filled with tons of historical imperial spots, super-friendly locals, and food that’s just out of this world (just thinking about the Hue foods makes me ravenously hungry).

Beside Salt Coffee, when in Huế, you should try:

  • Bún Bò Huế (spicy beef noodle soup): a must-try.
  • Chè (Vietnamese sweet soup)
  • Cơm Hến (baby clam rice)
  • Bún Thịt Nướng (rice noodle salad with grilled pork): differs significantly from its popular version.
  • Bánh Khoái: the Huế version of Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese sizzling pancakes).
  • Huế-style dumplings: Bánh Bột Lọc, Bánh Nậm, Bánh Ít Trần…
  • Huế-style vegan dishes like vegan Bún Bò Huế, vegan savory dishes served with steamed rice.

❤️ History and where to enjoy Cà Phê Muối in Vietnam

Cà Phê Muối had its beginnings in 2012, thanks to Mr. Phong and Mrs. Hương, a lovely couple in Hue since they want to give their little coffee shop a special touch.

The name, inspired by Mrs. Hương’s favorite online love story, perfectly matched the “slightly salty” flavor of this coffee drink.

Hailing from Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Cà Phê Muối (Salted Cream Coffee) is creating a buzz in the local coffee scene. I'm confident it will capture the hearts of all Vietnamese cuisine enthusiasts.

This coffee drink is welcomed and appreciated by the local people of Hue and tourists alike. It has since gained popularity throughout Vietnam.

Fast forward to 2023, a man named Dương Thanh Long discovered its potential as a trending drink. Through TikTok, he made his coffee cart go viral among the Vietnamese youth with his “cà phê Muối” under the brand “Cà Phê Muối Chú Long” or “Uncle Long’s salt coffee”.

The way Cà Phê Muối became a national craze and earned a spot on the menu of many coffee shops throughout Vietnam is reminiscent of the story of Egg Coffee (Cà Phê Trứng) a few years ago.

Sadly, in a developing country like my country, Vietnam, where intellectual property isn’t a big deal, original creators like Mr. Phong and Mrs. Huong often miss out on the fruits of their creations.

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, you’ll easily encounter “salt coffee” in many coffee shops across major cities like Hanoi, Saigon, or Danang. However, should you find yourself in Huế, I’ll spill the beans on the original Cà Phê Muối spot and some local favorites.

☕ Ingredients

If you can’t jet off to Vietnam right now, no worries—I’ve got you covered to whip up this special coffee at home 😉 .

Ca Phe Muoi ingredients, including: whipping cream, salt, icing sugar, Vietnamese instant coffee and sweetened condensed milk.

Vietnamese Coffee

You can use either instant Vietnamese coffee or Vietnamese coffee brewed with a Phin filter. Here, I’m using instant coffee from a popular Vietnamese coffee brand to save time (remember to pick the black and sugar-free coffee).

For the traditional drip coffee, check out my recipe for Cà Phê Sữa Đá.

For the coffee part, you’ll need Vietnamese coffee (instant or drip coffee) and sweetened condensed milk.

Salted Cream Froth

In Vietnam, the cream froth is frequently made with non-dairy topping cream to keep costs down (all good so far), but dairy whipping cream provides a much better flavor.

Another reason is that you can’t easily find non-dairy whipping cream here in Germany, lol.

To prepare the salted cream, you’ll need whipping cream, icing sugar, and salt.

📝 Instructions

Prepare the coffee:

Prepare the instant coffee following the instructions on the packaging. For two sachets of instant coffee, I will use 1/2 cup of hot water.

Instant coffee combined with hot water in a cup

Combine the instant coffee with condensed milk and set it aside.

Coffee blended with sweetened condensed milk.

Prepare the salted cream:

Mix the whipping cream with sugar and salt. Use a hand mixer with just one beater to whip the cream until it becomes frothy (similar to the photo).

Salted cream for Vietnamese ca phe muoi.

In a glass with ice cubes, pour in the coffee, then add some salted cream on top. Enjoy!!

A glass of Vietnamese Salted Cream Coffee (Cà Phê Muối)

🌟 Helpful Tips

  • While Vietnamese coffee is ideal for this recipe, you can also use any regular coffee you have on hand. (Vietnamese coffee typically has a higher ratio of Robusta coffee, known for its stronger flavor compared to Arabica coffee).
  • You could use granulate sugar instead of icing sugar.
  • I personally use regular cooking salt for this recipe, but feel free to experiment with sea salt, coarse salt, or Himalayan pink salt. Just adjust the quantity since the saltiness may vary.
  • Adjust the ratio of coffee and cream according to your preferences.

❤️ How to enjoy Cà Phê Muối

  • Just drink the coffee together with the salted cream; for me, it’s the best way. Don’t blend them together.
  • Enjoy them for breakfast after a steaming bowl of Phở, Bò Kho, or a fancy plate of Cơm Tấm or Xôi Mặn. You’re truly a Vietnamese now.
  • Salt Coffee pairs perfectly with some snacks, making for a light meal. Whether it’s sweet Pandan Waffles or savory Bánh Pate Sô, they all complement each other wonderfully.
  • In addition to coffee or tea, the salted cream also pairs wonderfully with various pudding desserts, such as milk carton flan.

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A glass of Vietnamese Salted Cream Coffee (Cà Phê Muối)

Authentic Cà Phê Muối/Cafe Muối (Vietnamese Salt Coffee)

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From Huế, Vietnam's former imperial capital, Cà Phê Muối (Vietnamese Salt Coffee) is making waves in the local coffee scene. I'm sure it'll win over every fan of Vietnamese cuisine.
4.77 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • 1 hand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sachets Vietnamese instant coffee
  • ½ cup hot water
  • tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • ice cubes
  • ½ cup whipping cream / heavy cream (120g)
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Follow the instructions on the instant coffee packaging to make it. I'm using 1/2 cup of hot water for two sachets.
  • Combine the coffee with condensed milk, then set it aside.
  • Mix whipping cream with sugar and salt, then use a hand mixer with one beater to whip the cream until it's frothy.
  • In a glass with ice cubes, pour in the coffee, and top it off with some salted cream. Time to savor!

Notes

  • Vietnamese coffee works best for this recipe, but any regular coffee will do. Vietnamese coffee tends to have more Robusta for a bolder flavor than Arabica.
  • Opt for granulated sugar if you don’t have icing sugar on hand.
  • I use regular cooking salt for this recipe, but feel free to experiment with sea salt, coarse salt, or Himalayan pink salt. Adjust the quantity carefully due to varying saltiness levels.
  • A whisk works, but a hand mixer is a game-changer, saving time and energy.
  • Adjust the coffee-to-cream ratio to your taste.
  • The salted cream isn’t just for coffee or tea; it pairs wonderfully with pudding desserts like milk carton flan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Anne
5 months ago

I tried. It’s so tasty. Thank you for your recipe. Now I can deink salted coffee at home.

Walter aus der Schweiz

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Herzlichen Dank für dieses Rezept – verbrachte gerade 3 1/2 Wochen in Vietnam und lernte neue Kaffeearten kennen – egg coffee und eben salt coffee