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.
INGREDIENTSFOR 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 FORHARDENED 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.