Thailand might be a tropical country with gorgeously warm weather, white sands, blue shores and the liveliest food, but you might not know Thai people are iced coffee. You can get a cup in every other corner and the famous night markets. Coffee, though, looks nothing like what we’re used to; it’s arguably better.
Let face it; we’re not cooking with enough spices. We have lots to learn from the East. Actually, it’s a spice that gives authentic Thai Iced Coffee its charm: cardamom.
Cardamom is related to ginger, so you can imagine it’s quite aromatic. The main difference between these two fragrant and healthy plants is we eat ginger’s roots but cardamom’s seeds. Cardamom powder is easy to find, and you should experiment with it for both sweet and savory treats. Add it to coffee too!
Now, Thai iced coffee is more than a spicy cold drink; it’s incredibly strong and astoundingly thick. The strength comes from dark, concentrated coffee, which we’ll emulate using two Lungo espresso shots. These are regular espresso shots, but with double water.
The drink’s heavy texture comes from condensed milk, which also adds sweetness to this decadent drink. Here’s a tip. Condensed milk might be quite sweet, too much for you. If that’s the case, substitute some of it with evaporated milk or regular whole milk.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret. I add a dash of almond extract to the drink to get it even closer to the concoctions made to order in Bangkok’s streets, but if you don’t have any around, you can skip it.
We’re combining the sweet, condensed milk, almond extract and cardamom with our blender to add some frothiness to the iced coffee. Still, it will come together after pouring it over fresh ice, the coffee already waiting in the bottom of the glass for a cloudy effect. That’s where dilution turns this palate-coating coffee into magic.
Sweet or not so much, this coffee specialty is always overpowering; it’s a mood-lifter and will swoon your friends and family off their feet with the first sip. That’s the Thai way — it’s all or nothing, especially when it comes to coffee.
Pour the condensed milk, the almond extract and the cardamom powder into the blender’s pitcher. Blend until frothy.
Fill a tall glass with ice, pour the coffee and top with the condensed milk mixture.
Swirl with a spoon combine.