Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee (Sua Chua Cafe) is a tasty and unique Vietnamese drink. It has a perfect combination of sweetness and tartness with an addictive aroma and intensity from coffee.
What is Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee (Sua Chua Cafe)?
You probably think yogurt and coffee don’t go well together and what a strange idea to combine them. Believe me, this is a very popular and addictive Vietnamese drink and perhaps my most favorite coffee drink.
Sua Chua Cafe is made by simply mixing together yogurt and Vietnamese coffee, and the result is a drink so much more interesting than yogurt or coffee alone.
The yogurt provides tartness, creaminess and richness while the Vietnamese coffee provides intensity and aroma with a chocolate note. Contrasting flavors complement each other to create a fantastic drink that gives you your caffeine fix as well as health benefits from yogurt.
To make Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee, you need just a handful of ingredients:
- plain yogurt,
- sweetened condensed milk,
- Vietnamese ground coffee, and
- crushed ice.
I like to use Greek yogurt because it has a thick consistency. Therefore, when we add ice, the drink won’t become too liquidy. You can use any yogurt you like, just make sure it’s plain yogurt.
For sweetened condensed milk, any brands you can find in your local grocery stores will work. In Vietnam, Longevity brand is like the household name :).
With regard to Vietnamese coffee, you can find detailed information about Vietnamese ground coffee in my Vietnamese coffee recipe post. Our favorite is Trung Nguyen Legendee Gold Creative 8 brand. If you visit Vietnam, I strongly recommend coffee blends from Cau Dat farm brand.
Summary of What I Used to Make this Drink
- Trung Nguyen Creative 8 Ground Coffee: this is the only coffee blend from Trung Nguyen we use. Other Trung Nguyen blends are not as good as this one.
- Vietnamese phin coffee filter: I brought mine from Vietnam, but you can easily find one on Amazon.
- Longevity sweetened condensed milk
- Cuisinart stainless steel electric kettle: good for boiling water to make coffee or tea since you can select the appropriate temperature.
- Bormioli Rocco romantic water glass: I often get asked where I got the glasses in the photo, so here’s the link on Amazon to purchase them. You can also find them on Sur La Table. They are pretty and very affordable.
How to Make Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee (Sua Chua Cafe)
First of all, you will need to brew some Vietnamese coffee. My Vietnamese coffee recipe post will provide you with all the information you need to brew Vietnamese coffee. You will need a Vietnamese phin coffee filter to do this, so if you have never used it before, make sure you check out that post :).
Once you have brewed the coffee, the final step will be whisking together all ingredients. And that’s it! Very quick and easy :). Feel free to tweak the ratio of yogurt, coffee, condensed milk and ice to your liking.
More recipes with Vietnamese coffee you may want to try:
- Vietnamese Coffee (Cafe Sua Nong)
- Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)
- Vietnamese Mocha Coffee
- Vietnamese Coconut Milk Coffee (Cafe Cot Dua)
I’d love to hear what you think about this dish, so please feel free to leave a comment. New recipes are added every week so let’s connect on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates. You can find my collection of Vietnamese recipes here.
Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee (Sua Chua Cafe)
- 2 tablespoons Vietnamese ground coffee
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- crushed ice
- Add Vietnamese ground coffee to the phin filter chamber and place the filter press on top, press gently. Place the filter over a clean glass and then add 1 tablespoon of hot water wait for about 10-20 seconds to let the ground coffee swell and settle.
- Add the remaining hot water and cover the chamber with the filter cap. Let the coffee liquid drip into the glass. This may take a few minutes. If you need more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos to brew Vietnamese coffee, visit the link in the recipe notes down below.
- While the coffee is being brewed, add yogurt and sweetened condensed milk to a bowl and mix gently to combine. Divide the mixture into serving glasses. You can add more condensed milk to taste.
- Once the coffee is ready, divide into serving glass. Top with plenty of crushed ice and serve immediately.