• Pour yourself a glass of Vietnamese iced coffee, you won't regret it! (Luke Nguyen's Street Food Asia)Source: Luke Nguyen's Street Food Asia
Inspired by his Saigon travels, Luke Nguyen gives us a few tips that will have you mastering your Vietnamese coffee desires.
Farah Celjo

28 Nov 2019 - 2:13 PM  UPDATED 28 Nov 2019 - 2:14 PM

Luke has done and dusted his Street Food Asia adventures, and now he is coming back to our screens with Luke Nguyen's Food Trail combining his life and career with family and food. So we asked Luke about his top tips for coffee Vietnamese-style and where he likes to get his fix when he visits Sydney. 

What to look out for?


1. Use only Vietnamese coffee beans, as they are more robust with nutty, chocolate, caramel notes. 

2. 'Trung Nguyen' brand is my preferred Vietnamese coffee.

3. Coffee should be pressed tightly into the Vietnamese coffee press. Pour 10ml of boiled water into the filter and allow to steep for 30 seconds. Then pour in the rest of the water. 

4. The drip should be nice and slow for the best coffee extraction. So be patient - so take 5 and read the newspaper...

5. The ratio should be - 2 tablespoons of condensed milk to 2 tablespoons ground coffee.

6. Use a generous amount of ice - definitely a glass more than half full!

7. I always combine the dripped coffee, condensed milk & ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously before pouring it into a tall glass. There should be a nice froth on top. 

"Don't count on sleep anytime soon and be warned, Vietnamese iced coffees are addictive and you will want them anytime of the day." Luke Nguyen


Luke's Sydney coffee spots

And if those tips didn't have you clutching for an icy glass here's where you can go and get your Sydney iced caffeine hit.

Café 86

4/29 John Street, Cabramatta

Four Seasons Coffee Lounge

1/281 Illawara Rd, Marrickville 

Cafe Nho

64 Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown 2200

Window's coffee

12/256 Chapel Rd, Bankstown 2200

Love Luke? Catch the brand new series, Luke Nguyen's Railway Vietnam from Thursday 5 December 2019 to Thursday 30 January at 7:30pm on SBS and Sundays at 9pm on SBS Food. Episode one replays at 8:30pm on 8 December.

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