Unless you have been living under a rock, everyone knows about the Dalgona Coffee craze that has reached viral status. Whether it is Tik Tok, Facebook, or Instagram, social media is brimming with enthusiastic individuals taking on the Dalgona Coffee Challenge!
But did you know that there are several ways to upgrade this world-famous drink? If you wish to elevate the flavor of this creamy delicacy, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to know how you can make this whipped coffee drink even better!
What is Dalgona?
Dalgona coffee is a rich and creamy beverage that has reached a cult-status in the current times. However, this popular drink has been a crowd-pleaser in a candy form since the 70s and 80s!
Its origins can be traced back to South Korea, where it is known as Ppopgi, which roughly translates to “Honeycomb Toffee.” It was prepared by street food vendors, who boiled sugar in water and cooked it until it turned pale yellow. Baking soda was then added to this syrupy sugar concentrate, which releases carbon dioxide to puff up the liquidized sugar, making it light and crunchy. The original dalgona had a sweet flavor, followed by a bitter aftertaste.
Cafe Cha, one of the first restaurants to serve the famous Dalgona Coffee, would crumble these dalgona candy bits and top it over a milk tea and coffee mixture. The Dalgona coffee popularized recently by Korean actor Jung Il-woo replaces the crunchy coffee Dalgona with foam.
Steps to Make a Classic Whipped Dalgona Coffee
Making a Dalgona Coffee is eas; here is an easy step-by-step recipe:
- In a bowl, mix equal parts of instant coffee powder, white granulated sugar, and hot water. (Start with two tablespoons and increase the quantity as per your serving requirements)
- Start whisking it with a whisk or a fork.
- Whisk for about 3-4 minutes or continue beating the mixture until it turns light, airy, and foam-like. (If you’re doing the Dalgona coffee challenge, whip it for 400 times!)
- Place a few ice cubes in a glass, top it with cold milk (about 2/3rds of the glass).
- Scoop out the coffee foam and spoon it on top of the glass.
Dalgona Coffee Variations
Classic whipped Dalgona is fun, requires readily available materials, easy to create, and pleasing to the eye. It is a fun activity to combat boredom during the lockdown. To make it more interesting, there are other ways through which you can elevate your humble Dalgona to stardom.
Check out the suggestions below:
Matcha Dalgona Latte
Start by combining one part matcha powder with two parts hot milk. Whip it together. When it becomes a homogenous mixture, add three parts heavy cream. For a non-dairy version, you can add the raw egg whites of two eggs for a meringue-like consistency. Continue whipping it until it becomes light and foamy.
Top your milk with this mixture, and you’re good to go!
Add one or two parts of cocoa powder to the classic Dalgona dry mixture, depending on your preference for chocolaty intensity. Pour in hot water and whip it until you get a mocha-flavored coffee foam. Spoon it over the milk for a Mochaccino Dalgona.
Alternatively, you can skip the coffee entirely and replace the instant coffee powder with cocoa powder for a Chocolate Dalgona. For a creamier texture, substitute the hot water with hot milk or heavy cream.
Don’t forget to top the drink with dark chocolate shavings!
Nothing screams Christmas like a sip of spiced hot chocolate. Add a dash of all-spice or plain cinnamon to give a spicy twist to your regular Dalgona. Don’t forget to make your drink fancy by sprinkling some spices on top as garnish.
A lot of people enjoy a citrusy, zesty zing to their coffee. So why not try that in Dalgona as well? Start by creating a lemon or orange infusion water. Take the rinds or peel of a lemon or an orange and add it to hot water. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Strain out the water and use it to whip up your Dalgona foam. Garnish your drink with slivers of lemon or orange zest.
Boba Tea Dalgona
Remember the time when Boba pearls were the erstwhile Dalgona? Combine new trends with old through this fusion drink. Make a sweet Vietnamese coffee using milk, condensed milk, coffee liqueur, and cooked tapioca pearls (Boba). Add a drizzle of honey for that extra sweetness. Finally, complete the drink by adding the Dalgona foam on top.
Bonus: Dalgona Dal Chawal
Quarantine is bringing out our creative side. Indians have started to tweak the beverage as per the tastes. So welcome the Dalgona Dal Chawal.
All you need to do is to scoop in some steamed rice in a glass. Pour some hot and piping creamy dal on top, and temper it with traditional spices. And just like that, your Dalgona Dal Chawal is ready!!!
Try the dish with various accompaniments such as Dalgona Rajma Chawal, Dalgona Kadhi Chawal, or Dalgona Chhole Chawal. Customize and dig into your favorite combo to satisfy your rice cravings.
Clearly, Dalgona has taken the world by a storm. It is easy to make, and one does not need fancy equipment or hard to find ingredients to brew a delicious cuppa joe. Moreover, the beverage allows complete freedom to incorporate your creativity and make the drink “yours.”
On seeing the success of Dalgona coffee, several bakers and dessert experts are also trying to make Dalgona desserts to titillate your tastebuds. Watch this space to know more about it.
So, which of these variations are you itching to try out? Let us know in the comments below!