Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Jun 23, 2010 06:59 PM

[DC Metro] Vietnamese Iced Coffee (or ca phe sua da)

Where can a person get Vietnamese Iced Coffee in the the metro area?

Can it be had? Or is this a lost cause?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Not sure. Sadly, there's not even a real Chinatown or Little Siagon anymore. The recipe is simple if you're interested.


    1 Reply
    1. re: yunnieman

      I think most Vietnamese people in this area would consider Eden Center to be our area's current Little Saigon. Not as close to DC proper as Clarendon was, but really not that far away. (And Rockville is sort of our Chinatown these days, but that's another discussion.)

      That being said, probably any Vietnamese restaurant has this. I had a very good one last weekend at Ba Le in Rockville.

      I have seen it served to me both with the coffee press/glass of ice to pour the finished coffee into (Pho 75 and Minh's do that, to name a couple) and premixed (the deli type places in Eden Center that serve bubble tea do this). Sometimes the premixed ones are a bit on the weak side.

      Eden Center
      Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

      2500 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

      Little Saigon Restaurant
      6218 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

    2. the rebel heroes truck in arlington has it.

      1. You are referring to chicory drip coffee with condensed milk, right? You can get that at Nam Viet in Cleveland Park.

        Nam Viet & Pho 79 Restaurant
        3419 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        5 Replies
        1. re: DCDeb

          Do they use a real Vietnamese coffee press, or just regular strength espresso (or coffee) mixed with condensed milk?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I don't know, but it's pretty good. Doesn't taste like espresso; tastes like Vietnamese coffee.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              What's a real Vietnamese coffee press? Every place that I've had it has used a little metal drip pot that they put over the glass of ice, which has condensed milk at the bottom. When the coffee has dripped through, remove the pot, stir, and enjoy. Most use Cafe du Monde canned coffee.

              If there's a more "real" way to make it, I'd be interested, but this is all i've seen, for at least the last 25 years, in this area and other places where I've had it.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Yes, they do. I think I saw a can of Cafe du Monde.

            2. Most pho houses would have it - pho 75, pho Nam, pho Hot, etc.

              1. I had it recently at my favorite Vietnamese place - which I would strongly encourage you to try - Pho Viet (a few blocks north of the Columbia Heights Metro). I thought it was delicious, but didn't watch how they make it.

                I started a thread on the place here:

                Pho Viet
                3513 14th St NW
                (between N Otis Pl & N Parkwood Pl)
                Washington, DC 20010

                1 Reply
                1. re: woodleyparkhound

                  As said in another entry here, you can buy the little metal coffee drips to put over your coffee cup in any Vietnamese or Asian grocery store. Use Cafe du Monde canned coffee and condensed milk. Put the condense milk in the bottom of your coffee cup, put the drip with the coffee and hot water over the cup and let it drip about 5 minutes until all the water is in the cup. Mix the milk and the coffee and pour it into a tall glass with lots of ice.