With the ongoing Dalgona trend, we’ve decided to make one with our very own Roleaf twist! Undoubtedly, we will be using tea for all the non-coffee drinkers out there.
Dalgona Earl Grey Matcha Latte (with actual Dalgona pieces)
When this whole thing blew up, we were asking each other what in the world was Dalgona Coffee?
Was it another coffee brand?
Someone’s Tik Tok handle?
Origin of Dalgona Coffee
After some research, we found out that the viral Dalgona Coffee originated from none other than South Korea. It was during a television show, when a South Korean actor showed viewers his recipe of this coffee that was inspired after he drank a similar drink in Macau. In brief, it is essentially his interpretation of a whipped coffee, which can actually be found around the world with slight variations, Frappe in Greece, Indian cappuccino.
In addition, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that “Dalgona” is another name for one of our favourite Korean candy. It is very similar to honeycomb toffee, the kind that you find inside a crunchie bar (which is in fact, the best part of the chocolate!). Though Dalgona is not as puffy and also slightly bitter and nutty. Because the color of the whipped coffee reminded him of the light brown color of Dalgona, he named it Dalgona Coffee. If you are ever roaming the streets in Korea, also do give it a try.
Pro tip: Make the experience more fun by trying to break the candy around the imprinted shape, however, it is not as easy as it looks!
Anyone who has indeed attempted to make Dalgona Coffee knows that it is definitely a workout for your arms! Furthermore, honestly, who has 20 minutes to spend whipping up coffee? With an electric mixer, this can actually be done in less than 2 minutes. So being the smart (or lazy) person that I am, I chose to use the electric mixer. This is a fun and simple recipe for you to do with your family, especially with your kids. Certainly, they will enjoy it.
The reason why Dalgona coffee only works with instant coffee is due to the nature and the drying process of the instant coffee. The sugar helps to stabilise the foam created when whipping much like in a meringue while the water helps bring everything together. So, in order to replicate similar results, we have decided to use a cream or coconut cream aka santan. You could also use egg whites to create a similar affect like you find in cocktails.
This recipe for this drink can be broken down into 3 parts. Firstly, the earl grey tea latte, then, the matcha foam and lastly, the dalgona crumbs.
- Electric or hand whisk
- Metal ladle/ large metal spoon/ small pan
- Metal chopstick/ teaspoon
- Flat plate/ metal/ stone surface
- Flat metal surfaced object
- baking shape molds (optional)
Step by Step Instructions
Steep the earl grey in 100ml of boiling for 3-5 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea. After that, set the tea liquor aside.
If you want to skip the Dalgona topping, go to step 14.
Set up all the equipment needed to press the Dalgona; greased surface and a flat surface object.
Put 2 tablespoons of sugar into the metal ladle.
Gently warm the ladle above the fire until sugar is completely melted. You should be looking at a semi-transparent and amber colored mixture. Avoid burning the mixture. Indeed, if at any time it begins to smoke, take away the ladle and lower the heat if necessary.
Add a finger pinch of baking soda into the mixture and then take the ladle off the heat.
Mix vigorously with metal spoon or chopstick. The mixture should start turning into the color of Dalgona and foam up into a spongy texture.
Move the ladle back to the heat for 4-5 seconds, but make sure it does not burn!
Pour out the mixture onto your greased surface and use a teaspoon to scoop it out.
Press the sugar mixture down with a flat surface object.
Hold it for a few seconds to let the mixture harden.
Press any shaped moulds lightly into the mixture for your desired shape.
Set the Dalgona aside to cool. Put the Dalgona into a small ziplock bag and bash it until it becomes into crumbs.
Place 1 tsp of matcha and 3 tbsp of whipping cream into a bowl. Subsequently, mix with a whisk until it reaches firm peaks.
Place ice into a cup and pour the earl grey and milk into the cup.
Scoop the matcha foam over the drink. Add your Dalgona crumble to your hearts desire and eat the rest.
Share a picture of your Dalgona creation with your friends. Comment below if you any fun recommendations to the Dalgona recipe!