Food

Coronavirus lockdown: Stay home and stir the ‘dalgona’ coffee

ASMR-style preparations of the frothy coffee are going viral on YouTube and Tiktok

 

Thanks to social media, we are capable of amusing ourselves even during a global crisis. Previously, pandemics were, almost always, entirely grim. But as we see every passing day with the COVID-19 outbreak, at least a section of the world’s population are enjoying themselves with Netflix parties, Instagram concerts, Twitter workout sessions and other high-spirited activities. And, one of the recent fads involves coffee.

Google Trends shows an ascent in Dalgona coffee’s popularity over the last month. Unlike fancy dishes that probably requires ingredients that you have not heard of before and hence are difficult to make, dalgona coffee is easy to prepare. Coffee powder, sugar, milk (or other substitutes) and water are all you need.

 

The first step is to mix (preferably with a whisk) the coffee, sugar and hot water — two tablespoons each, until it becomes a creamy paste. The second is to place this thick, frothy mix on top of the hot or cold milk (about 500 ml). That is it.

So, why is this fairly simple-to-make coffee becoming super-popular all of a sudden? As with most things that go viral, there isn’t a definite reason. But it gained traction when a Korean YouTuber posted an ASMR-style preparation of the coffee on YouTube (which, as of March 31, has close to four million views). Then, it started trending on TikTok, too.

Dalgona, however, isn’t a thing in India… yet.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 30, 2020 5:47:56 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/food/a-frothy-drink-you-can-make-for-yourself-at-home/article31217036.ece

Next Story