A matcha latte is a sweet, creamy, comforting drink. Sometimes though, you want to step it up a little. Give it some flair. That's where the Dalgona Matcha Latte comes in. This Dalgona Matcha Latte recipe is a sweet latte topped with whipped matcha foam - it's delicious and it looks gorgeous!
What is Dalgona 'Whipped' Coffee?
Dalgona coffee recipes have recently taken the internet by storm, and inspired people to get creative with their at-home beverages. The name Dalgona is the South Korean word for a type of honeycomb candy. Dalgona coffee is a whipped coffee drink made by combining instant coffee granules, sugar and water. You whip them together until it has a whipped cream or meringue type consistency. Then, serve hot or cold with warm milk and you'll have a barista-style coffee drink.
What is Dalgona 'Whipped' Matcha?
My take on the Dalgona trend is a beautiful Dalgona Matcha Latte, which is made the same way but with some different ingredients. You create the matcha froth by combining egg white (or aquafaba if you like), sugar, and matcha powder.
Note: You don't need the extra froth assist from the egg white (or aquafaba) when making Dalgona coffee since there is gluten in instant coffee.
How Long Does it Take to Make Whipped Matcha?
It only takes 10 minutes to whip up a the frothy matcha cream. It's quick, easy and well worth the extra little bit of time to elevate your matcha.
What Can I Add to Customize My Dalgona Latte?
Customize and invent your own version of this latte with things like:
- a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg powder
- edible essential oils like rose or lavender
- a slice of citrus fruit like orange
What is Aquafaba?
A very popular ingredient in vegan cuisine, aquafaba is the thick liquid that is produced after soaking legumes (like chickpeas, beans, lentils etc.) Its a great substitute for egg whites in many recipes.
Is it Safe to Eat Uncooked Egg White?
Eating any part of an egg raw can present a health and safety problem, as raw eggs do carry bacteria. If you'd rather not take the risk, buying eggs that have been pasteurized (look out for that on the label) or liquid egg whites in a carton, as these are always pasteurized, is a good compromise.
How to Make a Dalgona Matcha Latte
To make this frothy matcha treat, you will need the following:
Take your egg white (or aquafaba) in a bowl and whip the egg white until it is frothy and mostly a stiff, white texture. You can use a whisk, a hand mixer, or a handheld frother. A whisk may take a little longer to get the egg white to the right consistency!
Add in the sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form and it sticks to your whisk. See the image for a good example of stiff peak consistency.
Sift in the matcha powder (culinary grade), and thoroughly whisk it into the mixture until fully incorporated.
Add your chosen milk, dairy or non-dairy, to a cup. Top the milk with the whipped Dalgona Matcha. Sip, savor and enjoy!
Looking for more matcha? Check out this post with ALL my favorite matcha desserts and drinks like:
Or if you're looking for something refreshing, you can find my favorite drinks here.
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Dalgona Matcha Latte
- 1 egg white or 2 tablespoon aquafaba (aka chickpea liquid)
- 1 tablespoon sugar granulated white, turbinado, or cane
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder culinary grade
- 1 cup milk I used coconut milk, but any kind works
- Whip the egg white (or aquafaba) until it is frothy and mostly stiff with a whisk, hand mixer, or handheld frother. Add the sugar and whip until stiff peaks form and it sticks to your whisk.
- Sift in the matcha powder. Whisk it in until incorporated.
- Add the milk to a cup. Top with the whipped matcha and enjoy!
I just made this for my birthday morning tea, super delicious! Because it's cold here, I put the matcha whip on some heated up rice milk with some vanilla in it, and it worked sooooo well. The texture is FANTASTIC!!
I look forward to making the chocolate version for my partner some time, since he doesn't like matcha.
Thank you for the recipe!
Thank you so much for sharing, Howell... and happy birthday!
Um chile, anyways so
I liked reading this recipe to pass my time! Might try it someday. Also can I replace the egg whites with heavy cream? I don't want to get salmonella since technically it's raw egg. =w=
You can! Know that it won't have the same floofy texture as the dalgona topping, but it will still be delicious. You can also use aquafaba if you don't want to use the raw egg meringue. Enjoy!
If you use pasteurized egg whites, you will not get salmonella, but it will still have the same texture
Hi! To anyone worried about the egg white safety, I make mine by creating a simple syrup (boiling equal parts sugar:water, I use about 1/4 cup of each in a recipe for one egg white) and very slowly adding it to the whipped egg before adding the matcha. It's a technique very similar to making an Italian meringue, and the hot syrup makes the eggs safe to eat without deflating the air and cooking them. Hope this helps!
Thanks for sharing, Alison!
This recipe works perfectly (using egg white). I followed the instructions, using a stand mixer for the initial whipping of the egg. Definitely sifting the matcha made a big difference. I put this on top of a hot matcha latte, and the dalgona cream held up wonderfully! It reminded me of putting cold whipped cream on top of hot cocoa. I plan to make this for more hot and cold drinks in the future.
I'm so glad to hear it, John! And love that you're adding it on top of a matcha latte for extra matcha fun. Great idea!
This is perfect! I had extra egg whites from curing some yolks and made enough to give to my relatives. I wonder if I can turn this into meringue too...
So glad to hear it, Mia! I have tried to turn it into meringue and it works if you are making a raw meringue and torching it. Unfortunately, it collapses in the oven when baking if you don't use the cream of tartar. Let me know if you give it a try and how it turns out!
Look so fresh. I love matcha much, Thank you much for sharing this post!
Ideal for my weekend!
This makes me so happy to hear, Lisa... thanks for sharing!
Smooth, creamy, with a great caffeine kick. Just like in the fancy Korean cafes…
I'm so glad to hear it, Angelica... enjoy!
I think it is a drinks perfect for hot summer. I will try to make it. Thanks you!
Can't wait to hear what you think!
I have successfully made it. Everything is perfect. I love you recipe. Thanks you!
Yay! I am so glad to hear it. You're welcome!
What did everyone else use for egg whites? I wasn’t sure about using egg whites, had never heard of the other stuff, so I bought a carton of pasteurized egg whites. My drink was an epic fail! After 20 minutes in the mixer and nothing resembling peaks or even foam, I pulled out the egg white carton to make sure I really bought egg whites. Right on the carton it says “These egg whites are pasteurized so should not be used for merengue - they will not form peaks.” Totally bummed but added the remaining ingredients and drank it anyway! Not nearly as fun or pretty!
I am so sorry to hear you used pasteurized egg whites that said "should not be used for merengue." Since it was not supposed to be used for meringue, it would also not work for this recipe.
I use an egg white from an egg. I separate the yolk from the white and use it. As raw eggs do carry bacteria, if that makes you uncomfortable then you can use aquafaba instead, which also works great.
I hope you can give this recipe another try with these tips so you can see what a successful version looks like.
And again, so sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the carton of pasteurized egg whites.