Vietnam is the largest exporter of coffee in Asia and the second largest in the world, which is telling of the relationship the locals have in regard to their coffee consumption. So it's no surprise that one of the most common, more popular coffees in the country is their Iced Vietnamese Coffee.
Vietnam's iced coffee typically uses dark roast coffee and condensed or regular milk, and is served in a cup full of ice. The plentiful amount of ice is not a "scam" for coffee shops to make more profit—it's intended that way because of the concentrated Robusta brew used. Even as the ice melts, it won't make the drink lose its flavor.
There are a number of establishments in the Metro that serve their own iced Vietnamese coffee—some are actual Vietnamese restaurants and some are coffee shops with an expanded selection. We created this guide on where you can order it, just in case you need something to keep you awake for (at least) 12 hours straight.
These are the place to check out for great iced Vietnamese coffee:
Highlands Coffee is a Vietnamese coffee chain that Jollibee Foods Corporation brought to the Philippines. The menu includes a Phin Sua Da (P95), which is iced coffee and milk, but they do also have a Phin Den Da (P95) that's plain iced black coffee.
The coffee shop often has buy-one-take-one promos for their drinks, especially for the Phin Sua Da. You can split the bill with your friend or save the second drink for the next day unless you can drink both in one day.
Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen
Bawai's serves home-cooked Vietnamese dishes on the menu, from the quintessential bowls of pho and spring rolls. Their coffee menu only has two options: The Ca Phe Sua Da or a Vietnamese Iced Coffee (P130) that uses iced Vietnamese coffee and condensed milk, and the Ca Phe Sua Nuong (P120) which uses a Phin filter which lets the hot coffee drip in a cup with condensed milk.
Bawai's has branches at Greenhills: Ground Floor, O Square Building, 2 Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, and at SM North EDSA: Level 2, North Towers, SM North Edsa Access Road, Bago Bantay, Quezon City, Metro Manila. For more information, check out Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen's Facebook page.
Ca Phe Saigon
For those living in Marikina or Antipolo, a more accessible option is Ca Phe Saigon. One of their bestsellers is their Vietnamese Coffee which can either be ordered hot or iced. If you're ordering from this restaurant, don't miss the chance to try their Bun Cha Obama which is a traditional Vietnamese bun cha that's inspired by Obama and the late Bourdain's episode on Parts Unkown.
Ca Phe Saigon is at 14 Red Cedar St New Sudb Marikina Brgy. San Roque Marikina and Lot 2 Antique St. Bankers Village Brgy. Dela Paz Sumulong Highway Antipolo. For more information, check out Ca Phe Saigon's Facebook page.
DiCofi has a wider selection of Vietnamese iced coffee—all available hot or iced. Their menu includes Cafe Sua Da or Vietnamese coffee costs P150, the Bac Xiu or White Vietnamese Coffee costs P150, Sua Tuoi Cafe or Vietnamese Latte costs P170, Cafe Den or Vietnamese Black Coffee costs P140, Cafe Cot Dua or Vietnamese Coconut Coffee costs P170. The menu is pretty visual too, making it easier how much coffee, condensed milk, milk, sugar, and ice is in a cup.
DiCofi is at Valero Plaza Condominium, San Agustin Street, Makati City. For more information, check out DiCofi's Facebook page.
Pho Hoa is the restaurant that comes to mind when craving Vietnamese food. Since they are a Vietnamese restaurant, it only makes sense that they serve Vietnamese coffee too. Priced at P150, they have the Ca Phe Sua Da that uses Vietnamese iced coffee and mixes it with milk.
Bahn Mi Kitchen
If you're not one to shy away or be cautious about how strong Vietnamese coffee is in general, Banh Mi Kitchen has a Damn Strong Viet Coffee (P139/Medium, P169/Large). Their coffee is considered a bestseller that pairs well with their bestselling Classic (P119/Junior, P189/Full) and Chori (P249) Bahn Mi.
See the list of Bahn Mi Kitchen branches here. Bahn Mi Kitchen is available for delivery via their official website, foodpanda, and GrabFood. For more information, check out Bahn Mi Kitchen's Facebook page.
Want to pair your iced Vietnamese coffee with a view? Propaganda Bistro is a gorgeous Vietnamese restaurant in Greenbelt 5. You can enjoy their Ca Phe Sua Da (P170) or Ca Phe Da (P165) with an overlooking, al-fresco view of the city. Since you're already there, you should definitely try the Tri-Colored Claypot Rice Bowls (price starts at P300) and Spring Rolls (price starts at P250).
Propaganda Bistro is at Level 2, 5 Greenbelt Dr, Legazpi Village, Makati. For more information, check out Propaganda Bistro's Facebook page.
But First, Coffee
One might argue that But First, Coffee's Vietnamese Coffee isn't the best, but what we can say in this regard is that it's definitely one of the most affordable, if not the most, affordable coffee option there is in the Metro. Their Vietnamese Coffee costs P55/12oz hot, P60/16oz iced, P100/500-ml jar, and P200/1-liter bottle.
But First, Coffee has many branches all over Metro Manila. But First, Coffee is available for delivery via GrabFood and foodpanda. For more information, message But First, Coffee's Facebook page.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.