Sweetened Condensed Milk is evaporated milk with sugar added, resulting in a thick, sweet syrup. Anyone looking to try authentic Ca Phe Sua Da - Vietnamese-style iced coffee - will need sweetened condensed milk to complete the experience. However, most brands in the USA are too sweet and not creamy enough to give you a really "true" café experience. We offer three types of condensed milk that we've tested and found work well for this purpose. See below for more information about the different types.
Sweetened Condensed Milk is evaporated milk with sugar added, resulting in a thick, sweet syrup. Many tropical countries traditionally use sweetened condensed milk instead of regular milk in their coffee because of its improved shelf life; even after the can is opened, freshness is preserved by the sugar for much longer than plain canned milk.
Even after refrigeration became readily available, sweetened condensed milk remained the traditional way to lighten and sweeten your coffee in many places, particularly Vietnam. It has a uniquely rich taste and smooth texture. It is also easier to mix into iced coffee than granulated sugar.
Anyone looking to try authentic Ca Phe Sua Da - Vietnamese-style iced coffee - will need sweetened condensed milk to complete the experience. However, most readily available brands in the USA are too sweet and not creamy enough to give you a really "true" café experience.
Longevity Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Most Authentic Vietnamese café style
This brand is made with thick whole milk for extra creaminess, and as a result, lightens coffee much better than Carnation or most other brands. It also has a fuller flavor, more distinctly "condensed milk" than American brands.
NEW: Longevity Gold! The difference between the two varieties (Original and Gold) is quite subtle, but Gold has a higher percentage of cream. This gives Gold a distinctly buttery taste that complements the Vietnamese butter-roast very well.
This is an American-style sweetened condensed milk with identical specifications as Longevity regular. It's a little less expensive and we find the taste and creaming profile to be perfect for Cafe Sua Da, and we often use it in our seminars. Like Longevity, there are only 2 ingredients, no fillers: Milk, sugar.
I was introduced to the sweetened condensed milk when I ordered the Vietnamese Coffee MiniKit with Buon Me Thuot Special (S). I was surprised of the subtleness of its sweetness and I keep ordering the Longevity one to mix them with other grounds. I even mixed it with the G7 Black Gourmet Instant Coffee.
Posted by Jose I Alvarado Zayas on Mar 21st 2017
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