The recent viral Dalgona coffee trend has definitely taken the Internet by storm, but little known to many, Dalgona (달고나) actually refers to a caramel-coloured Korean candy made by combining sugar, water, and baking soda.
Cafe Cha, a popular cafe in Seoul, specialises in the creation of Dalgona-inspired desserts and drinks such as Dalgona milk tea, which is a perfect mix for those who aren’t a fan of coffee and its bitter notes.
INGREDIENTS FOR MILK TEA
- 100g of water
- 50g of sugar
- 1 tea bag (black/red/green tea)
INGREDIENTS FOR HARDENED DALGONA
- 300g of sugar
- 150g of water
- 15g of baking soda
STEPS FOR HARDENED DALGONA
- Over medium-high heat, add 300g of sugar and 150g of water into a pot. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Once the mixture turns slightly golden, add in 15g of baking soda and keep stirring.
- Continue stirring until the mixture turns dark brown and has doubled in volume.
- Transfer the mixture onto a flat baking tray lined with parchment paper. Let it cool and harden.
STEPS FOR MILK TEA
- Combine water, sugar, and a tea bag over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and keep stirring till you achieve a syrup-like consistency.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- To assemble the drink, simply pour a desired amount of milk into a glass half filled with ice and depending on your liking, add a desired amount of tea syrup.
- Afterwards, crush the hardened Dalgona into smaller pieces and sprinkle it over the drink.
Author l Sharon