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Dalgona Coffee: What is it and why is the viral drink perfect for tasty self-isolation

Dalgona Coffee: What is it and why is the viral drink perfect for tasty self-isolation

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Text: Ronn Tan


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A new global coffee trend has appeared seemingly out of nowhere amid the COVID-19 pandemic—but how?

 

Did you notice the multitude of dalgona coffee mentions throughout your socials during the past few days? Whether you're on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, dalgona coffee is everywhere and there's a reason for that! The new centre of everyone's attention is a frothy, creamy coffee drink and it is the latest trend to spawn from South Korea.

 

 

Is this a response to social distancing and self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Countries such as the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, and even Malaysia have started to take hold of the trend. For example, #dalgonacoffee has 21.6 million views on TikTok so far. It appears that, as news begin to spread to every corner of the globe (just like the virus but better), more and more people are adding dalgona coffee to their lists of things to do while staying at home. Dalgona coffee became what it is today due to the need to find solutions to norms that are now affected by coronavirus—such as the closing of dining establishments and the call to practise social distancing.

 

 

There's nothing difficult about the beverage. Three main ingredients are all you need to make dalgona coffee: instant coffee, sugar, and water. Pretty simple, right? With either a mixer or your hand, mix equal parts of each ingredient—preferably in a bowl—so you get a caramel-coloured frothy mixture. Once you're done the mixing part, all you have to do is pour the mixture on your milk of choice. It appears that the trending drink received its name from its topping that looks similar to dalgona or ppopgi (a candy created by heating baking soda, oil, and sugar). That is South Korea's version of a coffee-flavoured toffee.

 

 

It is also widely accepted that dalgona coffee first became popular in South Korea on 22 February 2020 when YouTuber 뚤기ddulgi posted a three-and-a-half minute video about the drink. It now has 3.3 million views on YouTube. Whether you're into coffee or not, you have got to admit that this is really, really fascinating. If you already have instant coffee at home during the 14-day period of the Movement Control Order (until 31 March 2020), give it a go. However, if you don't, consider getting the ingredients on your next essential outing. Emphasis on essential.

 

 

There are many ways to up the ante based on your preferences. You can make dalgona milk tea, chocolate dalgona, and matcha dalgona latte among many other possible concoctions. Make it an iced drink if that's what you like. You have all the time in the world right now—experiment and be your own master barista!

Making it is really simple now that you know what dalgona coffee is. With so many tutorials on YouTube and other social media platforms, you'll probably master making your own coffee by the time the Movement Control Order ends. It's perfect, really—because you will have *infinite* ways to change things up. Relax and have a cuppa.

For more things to do during self-isolation, click here.

 

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