In South Korea, thanks to the lockdown period of Covid-19, the trend of dalgona coffee has spread, a delicious and homemade variant of cappuccino that is depopulating on Instagram and TikTok
In recent years, thanks to the growing use of Instagram and the proliferation of captivating images of food and drinks on social networks, we have witnessed a succession of food trends, some of which featured the coffee. These recipes, often real desserts by the glass, are as greedy as they are aesthetically appealing, and include a wide variety of cappuccinos, caffellatte and frappuccini, from the rainbow ones to the "unicorn", up to those that reproduce in the cup some famous dessert. The latest coffee-based trend, born during the Covid-19 health emergency period, comes from South Korea, is called coffee dalgona and is already depopulating on social networks. Let's find out what it is, how to prepare it and what impact it has had on a global level.
All about the new Korean coffee that is trendy on social networks
Since the health emergency began for Covid-19, South Korea, even before other countries in the world, has imposed a quarantine. Consequently, forced isolation, a pinch of creativity and the desire to give life to a new "comfort drink"To share on social networks and to sip remotely with friends, in South Korea is the great moment of the dalgona coffee. The secret of the rapid success of this drink undoubtedly lies in its goodness and its simplicity. First of all the ingredients of which it is composed and the kitchen tools to be used are already present in the common pantries, which in this period of lockdown makes the preparation accessible to everyone. In fact, simple whips, milk, sugar and instant coffee powder are sufficient to prepare it. Even the procedure to follow is very easy, just mount a mix composed of instant coffee powder, white or brown sugar (the same amount of coffee) and hot water until you get one frothy cream with a brownish color. At this point you can pour the cream as a topping of a glass of milk to taste full, and the dalgona is ready. The other factor that has certainly influenced your media success is undoubtedly its unusual aspect, a sort of inverted cappuccino that is beautiful to look at and photograph, as well as the softness and sweetness of the foam, a pleasant sin of gluttony that delights the palate and promotes good humor. It is therefore not surprising that in recent weeks thehashtag #dalgonacoffee has literally depopulated on three of the most popular social platforms in the world, that is Instagram, Facebook and, last but not least, TikTok. The bood of this food trend has made dizzying numbers, just think of the presence of over 500 thousand posts containing this hashtag and millions of views of the video tutorials on YouTube. Starting from South Korea, this fashion quickly convinced and conquered other Asian countries, including the Philippines and Singapore, and many western countries, including the United States.
Origin and variants of the "dalgona coffee"
This Korean drink is not actually the first to be characterized by a coffee cream as a decoration of a glass of milk, similar recipes are in fact also present in India, Pakistan, Macao and other countries. To distinguish the Korean version, however, are the color and flavor of the coffee cream, similar to those of one traditional Korean candy. This candy shaped like a lollipop and called "dalgona" is prepared with sugar and baking soda and is much loved by both local children and tourists. Just think that in the Korean food stores it is easy to find the kit for home production, especially designed so that children could do it alone after school.
But let's go back to the tasty dalgona coffee and its characteristics. Like many of the previous trend-based coffee drinks, too of the dalgona numerous variants already exist, that include tasty, light, low-calorie or vegetable-based recipes (replacing animal milk with coconut or almond milk), each of which can be prepared at home and served both hot and cold. Among the many varieties there are the one with the addition of cocoa powder to the whipping cream, the one with an alcoholic correction based on whiskey or rum, the one with a sprinkling of cinnamon and then, again, the one without sugar, the one with Nutella and the other matcha tea. In short, you can also try your hand in your own variant, you just need a whisk, a few ingredients, a little imagination and of course a social account on which to share the final shot!