Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pichet Ong's Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream and Meet My New Ice Cream Maker

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An ice cream maker has been on my "to-buy-list" for the looongest time. Everytime I go into the Bed Bath and Beyond store, I tell OCT that I am going to get it once we moved to Atlanta.

You proud owners of ice cream makers out there have no idea how tortured I was, watching these talented and imaginative people posted their ice creams photos on their blogs. If it's not for the move, I would have gotten mine loooooooong ago. OCT never understood my fascination with ice cream maker. "What's wrong with store bought ice creams?" He asked. Nothing, honey. But I just want to make my own wacky flavors. Like this Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream.

I am inseparable from my nifty Vietnamese coffee filter ever since I bought it few weeks ago. That potent little cup of coffee is all I need to stay alert for the whole day. Because I use much less condensed milk than the restaurants, I don't feel too guilty drinking on a daily basis. Oh,I digress.

ice cream

So I decided it would only be fitting to make my first batch of ice cream with my latest obsession- Vietnamese Coffee. The ice cream tastes almost like the iced Vietnamese Coffee, and that's the way I like it. OCT, being a non-coffee drinker, thinks that it is not sweet enough, and the coffee flavor is too overpowering.I guess that means more for me, which is always better:D)

Not the perfect scoop yet, but at least it is a start.


p/s: The lovely Tartelette made a version of Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream sometime ago, and here's her version.

Pichet Ong's Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup ground Vietnamese coffee
Pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks

In a medium saucepan, combine the whole milk, condensed milk, ground coffee and salt and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and let stand for 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve lined with several layers of moistened cheesecloth.

Return the steeped milk to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until slightly pale. Gradually whisk in the hot milk; refrigerate until cold. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker. Transfer the ice cream to a container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.


Stardust said...

Hello! Congratulations on the new member in your kitchen-toy collection. I'm embarrassed about saying this, but the ice-cream maker is really something new to me. Hahaha... I understand the pleasure of making something the way you want it, it's a lot of satisfaction. =D So, enjoy!!!

SteamyKitchen said...

i just made V ice cream too - such a coincidence!

Sarah said...

But I want an ice cream maker! I'm so super jealous. Ugh. And I totally know how painful it is to read all of the amazing ice cream recipes & not be able to make them! Lucky you're now on the other side. :)

Veron said...

Delicious! I can just imagine how tasty this is.

Manggy said...

Yes... Velcome to ze dark side... Mwahahaha >:D

Beautiful ice cream, Mandy :) I can't believe David L. also has a Vietnamese Coffee ice cream. I'm not a coffee person myself but a cup of condensed milk looks like my kinda ice cream, heh heh :)

tigerfish said...

Definitely a perfect scoop for me :)
I love Viet coffee if it's not too sweet. The Malaysia/S'pore version of coffee with condensed milk seems to suit me better. :P ...but I still like the feeling of using the Viet coffee's the process I like.

Mari said...

I love your new ice cream maker, it's beautiful! I can tell you one thing, it'll be hard to go back to store bought ice cream after having an ice cream maker. I still can't get over how good homemade vanilla (my favorite flavor) ice cream is, and I have to restrict myself to making it only when company comes over!

hungryandfrozen said...

That ice cream looks so delicious! Have fun with your new ice cream maker :) I don't mind making ice cream without it though I'm sure it must be easier!

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

Mmm, this is something defiantly for me :]

Ginny said...

Yea for a new ice cream maker!!! Coffee is my favorite! I've loved it ever since I was a little girl! I'm going to attack the screen with a spoon in a minute!

Brilynn said...

You will love your ice cream maker, they're awesome!

Anonymous said...

I have the same ice cream maker! it's a joy to use. of course, the biggest joy is to enjoy what it yields, no doubt. especially when it looks as good as what you made!

Elle said...

Your ice cream maker is gorgeous! Almost as gorgeous as that ice cream--i want some!!

Anonymous said...

this weekend, there will be vietnamese coffee ice cream in my house.

i have the same ice cream maker, it's great. but i didn't know they came in red! i'm totally jealous.

rokh said...

this post remind me of how ice-cream maker was in my to-buy list for ages and i finally got it! oh and everything else is so similiar, my dear asked me too what is wrong with store bought and i could not really answer until i read yours which is right! oh and the part OCT thinks that it is not sweet enough, i had the same with my dear on my chocolate gelato which was more dark chocolate than sugar! more for me too! :D~ *high five

Alice Q. Foodie said...

Jaysus that looks good - another one for the repertoire this summer!

Deborah said...

I bought a fairly inexpensive ice cream maker last summer, and haven't regretted it once since! One of my favorite appliances!

Anonymous said...

Mandy, your coffee ice cream looks delicious! And inviting, to ruin my diet which starts every day in the morning and ends a couple of hours later - all because my mouth waters when I browse delicious foodie blogs:) I've been wanting to buy ice cream maker for a long time, and you encouraged me to do so. Yours looks beautiful!

toontz said...

I love coffee ice cream! And I am extremely jealous of that beautiful RED ice cream maker.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I too have coveted bloggers' ice cream makers but always opted against them cause I have no closet space! Now you've gone and ruined it for me because I so want some of your Vietnamese coffee ice cream.;)

Note to self: put ice cream maker back on my "want" list.

cookworm said...

This ice cream looks fantastic! I love Vietnamese coffee, or any strong coffee for that matter. Have fun with your new machine!

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

I have an older version of that ice cream maker. It's lasted almost 10 years! Great looking ice cream and beautiful photos once again!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I wanted to try out this recipe! His book is so inspiring and really makes you want to bake outside the box. Lovely photos!

Susan @ SGCC said...

That is droolworthy ice cream. Where did you find the Vietnamese coffee maker and the coffee? That sounds like something I could really get into.

Enjoy your new toy. I couldn't live without mine!

Happy Homebaker said...

I love Viet coffee! It's quite similar to the ones we have at our local kopitiam kopi! Whenever we visit any viet restaurants in the states, we will order the coffee. My sis gave me her Viet coffee filter many years back :)

Helene said...

I love my Vietnamese coffee filters too! They are such a conversation piece! Red ice cream maker...Brilliant! The ice cream must be out of this world!!

Barbara said...

We eat nothing but homemade ice cream. Our friends love it.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a dandy of an ice cream maker. Been toying with the idea of purchasing one but just can't make up my mind...

Anonymous said...

I have not pulled out my ice cream machine in ages.. This looks yummy!
I will churn some ice cream soon..

And get down to making macaroons with all that white left over! Or any other suggestions how u use up the white?

Mandy said...


What can I say? great minds think alike:)

If you don;t mind, I think cuisinart sells the refurbished one for $19.99 now. A great deal I say.

I love it as a coffee drinker.

really? you don't drink coffee? what keeps you awake then?

same here! Love seeing the coffee slowly drip down!

mevrouw cupcake,
I totally second that! I need to make a batch of vanilla ice cream soon.


tarah and Ginny,
wish I could pass you some. Hubs doesn't eat that, so I still have lots left.

yeah, I am already deeply in love with it. :)

cool! Glad to know we have the same ice cream maker.

I really wish I could pass you some, there's still a lot left in the freezer!

I hope you enjoy the coffee ice cream! Yes, the ice cream maker does come in red! If only I can have a red KitchenAid to make it. :p

I wish we are staying in the same city, then we can share our ice creams that our men don't enjoy. :)

thanks! this is certainly great for summer.

yeah, ice cream maker is such a great invention!

go buy one! Your can still make low fat sorbets which will not ruin your diet! :p

I can totally understand that. hehehe. I am so in love with my ice cream maker.

surprisely it doesn't take up as much space as I originally thought. So go one soon!

thanks!I need to restrain myself from churning ice cream too often.

thanks! It's good to know that the maker has a long shelf life.

thanks! I don't have his book though. Maybe I should add that on my "to buy list".

I got the coffee maker and coffee powder from the Asian grocery store.

I just got my coffee maker and have been using it everyday since! Of course I use less condense milk, so it taste more like the kopitiam's coffee. :)

thanks! I love my ice cream maker.

I bet your ice cream taste fabulous. :)

I say, but it! :D

I am thinking of pavlova actually. and perhaps macarons as you have mentioned....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I also love Vietnamese coffee and was once trying to make an ice cream from it. However, I do not own an ice cream maker and so the results were not great. So now I just stick to drinking ice cold Vietnamese coffee.

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