Dalgona Coffee – The Ultimate Foam or Fail Korean Coffee Recipe to Whisk Through Quarantine

I’ve been feeling a little stir-crazy from weeks of company and government-imposed stay home policies, and with Singapore’s circuit breaker month in full swing, there’s never been a better time to try something new from home!

Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock (or voluntarily disconnected from the internet), you would have seen this luscious, cloud-like coffee foam-topped beverage making the rounds on several people’s social media.

Dubbed Dalgona Coffee, it is the latest foodie fad to go viral. And luckily for you, you can whip this up from the comfort of home – no trips to your nearest hipster cafe needed!


The origins of Dalgona Coffee is varied, but the most probable explanation comes from an Indian drink known as Phenti Hui coffee, or beaten coffee. South Korean actor Jung-Il Woo visited an eatery in Macau where a beverage reminded him of dalgona, a type of Korean honeycomb toffee, which he presented on a TV Show thus catapulting what we know today as Dalgona Coffee.

So, how do you go about making your own cuppa Dalgona Coffee?

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee (Nescafe Gold seems to work best; DO NOT use 3-in-1 sachets as instant coffee contains a stabiliser that is responsible for holding the foam together.)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (I used McDonald’s sugar sachets for this because….well, I’m a cheapskate.)
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water 

NESCAFÉ GOLD – the “golden ingredient” of Dalgona Coffee

Next, you need to:

  • Add all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Whisk like your life depends on it for 15 – 20 minutes! (Pro tip: You can mix it in a highball glass by rubbing the handle using both palms like you are trying to start a fire.)



A watery mix for the first 5 minutes….

After 10 to 15 minutes, you should see the froth starting to take shape. Whisk a little more to get a real sticky meringue-like froth!


Poof! Stiff peaks.

Now, it’s time to put together your own cup of Instagram-worthy Dalgona Coffee. Be sure to top a cup of cold, iced milk with your froth once it’s ready, or it’ll deflate pretty quickly like in this photo. Still, it’s a pretty fun drink to get into, with the milk blending perfectly with the generous, thick coffee froth! I’m no coffee expert, but the concoction I made was amazingly creamy.


But wait, don’t throw away your leftover coffee froth just yet. According to this video by BuzzFeed, you can create an additional cup of black coffee by pouring boiling water into the mix.

While those with an electric mixer definitely have it easy, it’s not impossible to whisk it by hand. The trick is to control the amount of water, to ensure that thick, creamy consistency. Just be prepared for that extreme caffeine high. Enjoy!




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