If you have seen an image or a video of a whipped cream lacing a half-filled glass of milk, you are witnessing a trend. It’s called #dalgonacoffeechallenge. As more and more people started sharing routine during the lockdown, a coffee recipe made out of just three ingredients started making rounds on the internet. Post-March 15th, there has been a drastic rise in the number of searches around the coffee, as evident from the Google Trends:
Coming from an Indian sub-continent, this beverage is called “pheti hui” coffee, the reason why a lot of us Indians were confused when we heard the name dalgona being given to it. Apparently, it became viral after a South Korean actor had the beverage at a restaurant in Macau. As shared by Spot.ph,
“But its surge in popularity happened when it appeared on a Korean TV show called Pyunstorang in January. In it, actor Jung Il-Woo traveled to Macau, tried the drink, and gave it the nickname dalgona for its resemblance to the traditional Korean sponge candy of the same name.”
Dalgona or ppopgi as known in South Korea is a crunchy honeycomb toffee made of melted sugar and baking soda. It’s served in the form of crunchy bars, over iced tea or coffee and pastries. So, it’s not really the coffee that is named Dalgona but the additional sweetener that’s added to it, to enhance the taste. Although in principle, both Dalgona and Dalgona coffee are made from just 3-4 ingredients, hence, the name can be owed to the cuisine’s simplicity too.
To make this drink, you will need an equal proportion of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water (2-3 spoons for each). The ingredients need to be mixed until the mixture becomes thick and foamy. Once done, it can be added to hot or cold milk with a spoon of honeycomb or something similar. The bare minimum requirement of the ingredients seems to make the Internet’s choice during social-isolation. Here’s a tutorial for you:
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