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Thai Coffee

Make *very* strong coffee (50-100% more coffee to water than usual),
use something like Cafe Du Monde which has chicory in it. Pour 6-8
oz into cup and add about 1 Tbs sweetened condensed milk. Stir,
then pour over ice.

You'll have to experiment with the strength and milk so you get
lots of taste after the ice/water dilutes it.

My version comes from a newspaper article of many years ago, and
simply calls for grinding two or three fresh cardamom pods and
putting them in with the coffee grounds. Make a strong coffee with
a fresh dark roast, chill it, sweeten and add half-and-half (that's
what I saw the chef using at the last Thai restaurant I went to)
to taste.

This is a derivation-from-memory of a recipe that I first read some
two years or so ago for Thai iced coffee (that lovely stuff that
I can drink for hours on end while I'm slurping down panang and
pad thai):

Makes 1 8-cup pot of coffee

6 tablespoons whole rich coffee beans, ground fine
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander powder
4 or 5 whole green cardamom pods, ground

Place the coffee and spices in the filter cone of your coffee maker.
Brew coffee as usual; let it cool.

In a tall glass, dissolve 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar in an ounce of
the coffee (it's easier to dissolve than if you put it right over
ice). Add 5-6 ice cubes and pour coffee to within about 1" of the
top of the glass.

Rest a spoon on top of the coffee and slowly pour whipping cream
into the spoon. This will make the cream float on top of the coffee
rather than dispersing into it right away.

To be totally cool, serve with Flexi-Straws and paper umbrellas...

One other fun note: I got a fresh vanilla bean recently and put it
to good use by sealing it in an airtight container with my sugar.
The sugar gets the faintest vanilla aroma and is incredible in Real
Chocolate Milk (TM) and iced coffee.

One final note: this would probably be even better with iced
espresso, because the espresso is so much more powerful and loses
its taste less when it's cold.


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