Iced Coffee and Jelly (a home experiment)

Inspired by a delicious iced coffee jelly I had the other day, we decided to try make one at home.

I love coffee. If you had read my blog about our recent trip to Vietnam, you would have easily picked up on that fact (considering half our trip was frequenting coffee shops!). I really love coffee.

Out of the very many coffee drinks that exist, one of my all time favourites is iced coffee and jelly. I’ve certainly ordered plenty of it from many coffee shops but I have never attempted making one at home. So let’s give it a try, for better or for worse!

I don’t have a fancy expresso machine (though I would definitely jump at the opportunity should one come about that doesn’t burst the bank), but we recently acquired a coffee moka pot. And in one of my favourite colours too! Sunburst orange. LOL. So this is how I went about it.

Put a bunch of your favourite ground coffee into the filter compartment and tamp down gently with a knife. Level it off. Pour hot water into the bottom canister, pop the filter compartment / funnel thingy on top and screw down the top portion of the moka pot (use gloves or a towel as it can get super hot). Place it on a stove and let it work its magic (make sure the flames don’t flow over the bottom of the pot otherwise you may burn the handle or damage the outer finishing!). When the water starts boiling, you will see lovely waterfall drips of coffee spurting out from the inner spout of the upper pot. 

Did not quite get enough crema but I will experiment more next time with different coffee beans and coffee amounts.

Whilst all this is going on, slice up some jelly and put into a tall glass (store bought but I will try making my own jelly with coffee next time!).

Store bought jelly. Boring I know.

Fill the glass halfway up with some ice cubes. 

I know this is a pint glass. But hey, more coffee right?

Froth up some cold milk. I have a small stainless steel one. 

This ‘milk frother’ is basically like a cafetiere. You pump it up and down and it introduces a ton of air bubbles into the milk and you get thick, frothy and creamy milk.

Boil some brown sugar with a tiny bit of water in a pot. This will be the syrup for some sweetness.

Now to combine everything. Pour the coffee slowly, ontop of the ice cubes so that it cools down without melting the jelly too quickly.

Hello beautiful. Sexy, aromatic and delicious waterfall of vietnamese coffee. Yummy!

Followed by the frothy milk.

Blankets and waves of fluffy milk.

Then add the brown sugar syrup to taste.

I’m no expert but this is looking good!

And voila! Serve with a long spoon and straw.

Success! Tastes great too! Yahoo! I’m not a failure!

It was a success. Tasted great and totally satisfying. Now that the wifey and I have finished our big glasses, I may have to make some more!

Give it a go. And if you have any tips or suggestions, comment below!

Ciao.

Chicken Wings and Coffee.

Great chicken and coffee place somewhere in Bangkok

Late lunch at ‘The Hey! 53 Coffee & Kitchen’ in Bangkok.

So there’s this place that I’ve been wanting to blog about but I’ve reconsidered a few times because I didn’t want one of my favourite places to get overcrowded. Hahaha. But never mind, sharing is caring after all.

First thing that jumped out at me is the bizarre name of this place. But with the chicken wings they churn out, they can bloody call themselves whatever they want!

There is not much parking space at the restaurant but you can easily find somewhere to parallel park just nearby.

There is an outdoor bit as well as an indoor air conditioned area. I’ve only ever sat in the outdoor bit. If you want to sit outside (which i would recommend), go in the late afternoon when it’s less hot and pick a table under some trees. They also have some floor fans to keep you cool. Mind you, there can be a few mosquitos as it starts to get a bit dark but they also provide mosquito repellant at each table.

The menu is kind of ‘pop arty’ and seems reasonably priced for the quality you get.

The coffee is good. I normally go for a nice hot cup but if the weather is warm, an iced coffee is my preferred choice.

Ordered some pate with garlic bread. Really good!

Duck salad. Meaty, juicy, flavourful.

Chili, bacon and garlic spaghetti. Yum.

And my favourite of them all, the chicken. Crunchy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. Thmhe variation I ordered is served with fries lemon grass. My favourite.​

And when you are enjoying good food, a bottle of bubbly is always a great combination.

Have always had a good time here. Maybe we’ll bump into each other hey? 

Address, contact and map location details below. Ciao.

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Hey! 53 Coffee & Kitchen Restaurant

Thanon Rama 9 – Rama IX Soi 53, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250

081 134 2250

https://goo.gl/maps/CmdTmDGmxXP2

20170414 Ho Chi Minh

Well rested yet somehow still a bit blur, our adventure in Ho Chi Minh continues.

Went to bed super late last night. Ended up watching a handful of episodes of ‘Doc Martin’ to fall asleep. Thanks netflix LOL.

Our room without a window played all sorts of havoc on me. Couldn’t quite tell whether it was time to get up or continue sleeping. I recall my alarm blasting away a few times but I remember turning it off as well! Damn that snooze button.

Made it to breakfast at the hotel lobby (thank goodness their breakfast hours are from 6-12noon! Perfect for late starters…no finger pointing please.

After a few minutes planning away, a guy from the street approached me and wanted to clean my shoes. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and proceeded to peel my shoes away. After that, we headed back to the hotel room to wash up and get ready to venture out.

2pm. First stop. Dropped in for a drink at ‘Phuc Long’. Interesting name huh? Nice coffee shop just next door to our hotel. Appears to be a franchise of some sort that is very popular with the locals. Ordered a rich milk coffee (1 hot and 1 cold).

So first up was the rich milk coffee. Delightful. Cold, thick, earthy and delicious. I wouldn’t describe this refreshing, but rather more dessert-esque. The hot rich milk coffee was sweet, caramel and made my eyes pop open. Didn’t realise it was like an espresso shot. Still went down nicely though.

Coffees were about 25k-30k VD. Sweet, creamy and tasty. Quite filling mind you.

Have got a few things planned for the rest of the day – mostly food adventures. Plus a couple of the landmark ‘must visit’ sites. 

Whist on the way to the War Remnants Museum, dropped by the famous Ban Mih place. A stuffed french bread sandwich that is simply to die for. Sweet, savoury, crunchy, chewy, creamy, spicy. Wow. All in one. What a treat indeed.

A Ban Mih sandwich at this place was 35k VD.

Another pit stop along the way to the museum. More coffee! Sweet with condensed milk and chocolatey like a mocha. Divine. Had some spillage due to lack of knowledge of how to prepare the hot coffee and transfer it to the iced glass…oops.

Traditional drip coffee. Was about 25k VD if I recall correctly. Hot water is poured into the top canister filled with ground coffee. The hot water seeps through the holes and you get droplets of delectable coffee in the cup below (pre filled with condensed milk). Once all the hot water has gone through, remove the dripper, stir your coffee with the condensed milk and pour into an ice filled glass. 

Will we ever make it to the museum? Only time will tell.

….And we made it!

15k VD entrance fee. Interesting, informative and overall quite depressing.

And back to the food. Amanda picked up a ‘bone’. 

15k VD.

Then we went hunting for a famous Pho shop. Unfortunately, it no longer existed. So we ended up wandering around. Partially joined mass at Notre Dam church.

Free entry though, they do restrict tourists during holy prayers.

Then a quick stop at Hard Rock cafe for a beer.

More expensive than local joints of course, but at about 40k VD, I thought this was still pretty reasonable.

With our stomachs now growling from the amount of walking we did today, we made our way to ‘Secret Garden’. Scary at first with a totally uninviting entrance and a spooky staircase to match, we were pleasantly surprised by this hidden roof top restaurant that was super packed. The food was great and cheap too! All for circa 360k VD. We had squid / cucumber salad (which tasted like assam laksa!), sour fish soup and stuffed snails. Delicious.

Creepy stair cases. But rewards come to those who preservere!

Stuffed snails. Horrible to look at but really tasty.

Sour fish soup. Really tasty with some rice.

Then we went wandering again. Quick pit stop for a steamed bun.Steamed plain bun 10k VD.

A wander around the square…

Bustling with locals and tourists. 

And then we arrived at our destination. An apartment block filled with cafes!

Really quite remarkable. Don’t know how long this will be here for. Heard that it will be torn down or refurbished for apartment use again in the near future.

An uninviting entrance and spooky stairs (sound familiar?) but still a lot of character and very interesting.

Do you dare to continue?

Decided on ‘Boo Cafe’. Cute little coffee shop on the 8th floor. Coffees go for about 25k VD per cup.

And now, high on coffee and stomach satisfied, crawled back to our hotel and called it a night. Ciao.