June 6, 2014
I’m not much of a coffee person but Vietnamese coffee is more a dessert than coffee. During the months I worked in Cambodia I treated myself to one almost every day. I found this tiny coffee house for locals in a little side street. Every day when I entered the street the coffee lady would laugh and already start to prepare my coffee. After months she still couldn’t believe that I, a ‘barang’ [white person] would come to practice the newest Khmer words I had learned.
In the end I was really good at saying ‘Susedai, mui coffee som. Dag da go tick tick!’. Literally that would mean ‘Hello, one coffee please. Water from the cow little little’ – sounds a bit basic, but that is actually how you say it. Water from the cow is obviously milk – but then they only have condensed milk – and that’s made out of vegetable oils – so not so much milk after all. And then I would get a plastic bag with crushed ice, coffee and a straw, all tied together with a rubber band – just great – and a little weird.
Damn I miss my PhnomPenh coffee lady, the buzzing markets and the Khmer food! For more impressions of Cambodia klick here…
The recipe makes granita for only one person. So upgrade for a bigger party!
VIETNAMESE COFFEE GRANITA
_ freeze for a minimum of two hours
_ crush with a fork
_ drizzle with condensed milk and serve immediately