Make this easy Dalgona Matcha recipe using just 5 simple ingredients for a healthy and delicious drink! It’s super duper easy to make, creamy, and vegan-friendly!
What is Dalgona Matcha?
Dalgona coffee drink is made by whipping instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water until it becomes frothy and then adding it to cold or hot milk.
This coffee drink became popular when a South Korean actor, Jung Il-Woo, appeared on a show called Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant, wherein he ordered a whipped coffee drink in Macau and showed how it is made by the cafe owner Leong Kam Hon.
Its name was coined when the said actor likened the taste of the whipped coffee to that of dalgona, a type of Korean honeycomb toffee. The word dalgona came from the casual Korean word “dalguna (달구나)” which means “it’s sweet.”
During the hit of the pandemic, homemade versions of dalgona coffee (dubbed as the ‘quarantine drink’ or ‘quarantine coffee) began spreading on South Korean YouTube channels under the hashtag #dalgonacoffeechallenge, before it went viral on TikTok.
Tips and Variations:
- If you don’t have a handheld mixer, use a frother, or chaser (tea whisk).
- For non-vegans, you may whip some egg whites instead of aquafaba – the liquid from boiling chickpeas or canned.
- Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg powder, edible essential oils, and a slice of citrus fruit to customize this drink.
- This can also be served hot. Simply warm the milk in a microwave or stovetop, then add the froth.
- Storage: Unfortunately, this is best eaten fresh.
How to Make Dalgona Matcha:
Listed below are all the ingredients you will need:
- matcha powder
- lukewarm water
- powdered sugar
- plant based milk
In a small bowl add matcha powder, and lukewarm water, and mix until well combined:
In a large bowl, add aquafaba and whisk until it has stiff peaks-like consistency:
While mixing, gradually add powdered sugar, matcha mix and mix until combined:
Fill a glass with plant-based milk of your choice, then top it with a few spoonfuls of the whipped matcha mix. Enjoy the taste of milk and matcha froth in every sip!
Frequently Asked Questions:
It has a sweet and moorish vegetal taste with undertones of umami that set your taste buds aflutter.
It’s generally not recommended to drink more than 2 cups of matcha per day because it is highly concentrated in both beneficial and harmful substances. Those people who are sensitive to caffeine should be aware that matcha contains decent amounts of stimulants.
It is because you are using low-quality matcha which is hard to froth. You can keep whisking as much as you can and get some bubbles, but it won’t be a smooth layer like a perfect matcha froth.
Easy Dalgona Matcha
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon lukewarm water
- 1 cup aquafaba
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- plant base milk of your choice
- In a small bowl add matcha powder, lukewarm water and mix until well combined.
- In a large bowl, add aquafaba and whisk until it has stiff peaks-like consistency.
- While mixing, gradually add powdered sugar, matcha mix and mix until combined.
- Fill a glass with a plant based milk of your choice, then top with a few spoonfuls of the whipped matcha mix and serve!