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Whipping up a storm

19 Apr 2020

A homemade coffee that has its origins in Macau or India – depending on what you want to believe – is brewing a storm on social media. It’s triggered a hashtag challenge like many other such bizarre ones during lockdowns in most parts of the world. The  #dalgonacoffeechallenge, however, is many miles ahead in terms of popularity with social media users posting their versions of the challenge using its specific hashtag.

The two-tiered foamy coffee just requires four ingredients – milk, water, sugar and instant coffee. But, apparently, there are cultural and historical aspects to it. Among its many names are Quarantine coffee, TikTok coffee and even Chow Yun-Fat coffee – the later, apparently, because the actor loved it when he was served a cup of it in 2004, according one report.

It’s a South Korean beverage but according to Wikipedia, it’s based on an Indian Phenti Hui coffee (whipped or beaten coffee). According to the online encyclopaedia, the only difference between the Korean and the Indian varieties is that when making Phenti Hui, milk is poured on top of the whipped mix rather than spooning the beaten coffee on top of the milk. 

Dalgona coffee became a social media phenomenon after Jung Il-woo, a South

Korean actor, visited a small shipyard café in Macau this January. At the Hon Kee Café, Jung was served a similar beverage which he nicknamed dalgona for its resemblance to a traditional Korean sponge candy of the same name. When the popular actor presented the coffee on a South Korean TV show called Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant, it surged in popularity. Under the hashtag #dalgonacoffeechallenge, homemade versions of Dalgona coffee began appearing on South Korean YouTube channels before going viral on TikTok.

Closer to home, Rohini Seth – a homemaker in Muscat – had heard about Dalgona coffee at cafes. “So, when I found this coffee

becoming a hit in households across the world via social media channels, I gave it a try. At least, it’s something more positive to talk about than the coronavirus,” the Al Khuwayr resident said.

Another Muscat resident who attempted the challenge to post a video on her YouTube account was Sonali Mohanty. “Dalgona coffee is all about being able to produce the creamy thick layer of froth. That’s the challenge in it,” the Al Khoud resident said. She whipped up a good quantity of the thick froth and put it in the fridge hoping to have another cup the next day. “Sadly, it was all gone and I had to whip hard again to get the froth.”

Ruwi resident Nikita Chauhan was tagged by friends in the United Kingdom to the challenge. “It is the most searched coffee according to Google trends. During a visit to supermarket recently, I found that many were buying coffee. Who knows, may be they are all trying out the Dalgona coffee challenge at a time when everyone is at home these days!”

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