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.
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 enthusiasts out there in the near future.
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🙋♀️ 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.
If you’re a fan of Vietnamese iced coffee (cà phê sữa đá) or the indulgent Vietnamese egg coffee (cà phê trứng) , I’m confident that you’ll find yourself head over heels for this delightful Cà Phê Muối.
Cà Phê Muối is a specialty of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, where the culture, historical landmarks, and cuisine are truly amazing.
In addition to Cà Phê Muối, when visiting Huế, don’t miss the chance to try Bún Bò Huế (Huế-style spicy beef noodles), Huế’s vegan dishes, or the imperial cuisine.
Some Hue recipes on my blog:
❤️ History and where to enjoy Cà Phê Muối in Vietnam
Cà Phê Muối had its beginnings in 2012, thanks to Mr. Phong and Mrs. Huong, a lovely couple in Hue. They dreamt up this unique coffee creation to give their little coffee shop a special touch. The name, inspired by Mrs. Huong’s favorite online love story, perfectly matched the “slightly salty” flavor of this coffee drink.
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.
- Cà Phê Muối Origin, 10 Nguyen Luong Bang str, Phu Hoi, Hue city / 142 Dang Thai Than str, Thuan Hoa, Hue City (the coffee shop owned by Mr. Phong and Mrs. Huong)
- Giao Cafe, 118 Chi Lang Str, Hue city
- Trốn Studio, 5/21 Le Quy Don Str, Hue city
- Son Studio, 65 Ben Nghe Str, Hue city
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 😉 .
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 (remember to pick the black and sugar-free coffee ) to save time.
I’ll update the recipe with coffee brewed from a Phin filter later.
For the coffee part, you’ll need Vietnamese coffee (instant or ground) 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.
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.
Combine the instant coffee with condensed milk and set it aside.
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).
In a glass with ice cubes, pour in the coffee, then add some salted cream on top. Enjoy!!
🌟 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 as they may have different levels of saltiness.
- You can whip the cream with a whisk, but a hand mixer will save you a lot of time and energy.
- Adjust the ratio of coffee and cream according to your preferences.
- 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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Authentic Cà Phê Muối (Vietnamese Salt / Salted Coffee)
- 1 hand mixer
- 2 sachets Vietnamese instant coffee
- ½ cup hot water
- 1½ tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- ice cubes
- ½ cup whipping cream / heavy cream (120g)
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 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!