If you’re up to date, you’ll know that Dalgona Coffee is the Internet’s favourite drink right now. But for those unaware, this mystical-sounding beverage, which went viral on TikTok, is originally from South Korea and is made by whisking instant coffee powder, sugar and hot water 400 times. It’s also what we call a ‘reverse latte’, where steamed milk is replaced by frothed coffee, and coffee is replaced by iced milk.
But non-coffee drinkers don’t have to be left out of this trend either — from milo to matcha, here are five more Dalgona-inspired recipes you can try.
1. Dalgona Milo
Of course an obvious alternative for Dalgona Coffee would be Milo, everyone’s favourite childhood drink and almost a household essential. It’s also a great substitute for hot chocolate which is a little more difficult to make.
- 4 tbsp Milo powder
- 2 tbsp white/brown sugar
- 3 tbsp hot water
- Ice (optional if you wish to have it hot)
- Combine Milo powder, sugar, and hot water into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy
- Pour the mixture into a glass of milk and ice
2. Dalgona Matcha
Matcha lovers can have their cup of Dalgona beverage too; however this one will require additional steps and ingredients such as whisking egg whites.
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 water
- Beat the egg white till it starts to froth and get fluffy
- Boil the sugar and water together on low heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes till it becomes a syrup. Do not stir!
- Drizzle the syrup into the egg white froth and mix till glossy
- Add in matcha powder and mix till matcha is blended and smooth
- Gently place the finished product into half a glass of milk
3. Dalgona Milk Tea
Here’s another Singaporean favourite: milk tea! What’s missing now is just bubble tea pearls.
- A tea bag
- 250g water
- 350g sugar
- 15g baking soda
- Bring tea bag, 100g of water and 50g of sugar to a boil till syrup is slightly thickened
- Separately, bring 300g of water and 100g of sugar to a boil
- Once syrup is golden, add 15g of baking soda and stir till syrup is dark brown and coagulated. Transfer into a separate container and let it harden.
- Once hardened, break it into crumbs using a spoon
- Fill a glass with milk
- Pour in the liquid containing the tea bag
- Finish off with the crumbs!
4. Dalgona Strawberry Milk
Looking for a fruity twist? You’ll love this strawberry milk version.
- 1 tbsp instant coffee powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- Handful of strawberries mashed
- Whisk coffee powder, sugar and water to a creamy texture
- Place strawberries into a cup and pour milk gently
- Add the frothed coffee slowly
- Mix the dalgona froth and milk
5. Dalgona cake
Be as OTT as your dalgona drink — or in this case, cake. If you have absolutely nothing to do, this cake is worth giving a shot.
- 1.5 tbsp of sugar
- Baking soda
- 2g corn syrup
- A bag of peanuts
- 400g chilled cream
- Cake sheets
- Boil sugar on a low heat
- Scrape sugar from the sides once it starts melting. Keep stirring till sugar melts.
- Add in a pinch of baking soda and stir
- Remove pan from heat, add in another pinch of baking soda and stir vigorously
- Leave dalgona to harden and break it into biscuit-sized pieces
- Place dalgona biscuits and corn syrup into a blender and blend till you get a powder
- Roast peanuts on 160 degrees preheated oven for 7 minutes
- Crush peanuts into smaller pieces
- Bring 60g of water and dalgona powder to a boil and let it cool till it turns into a syrup
- Add in more dalgona powder to cream and whisk
- Apply finished products over stacked cake sheets and decorate as you please