Dalgona Matcha is a trendy drink that’s sweet, fluffy and creamy! Topped with beautiful green tea matcha foam, this whipped matcha latte is taking social media by storm right now. It’s only 4 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes with a hand mixer! You can make it with or without eggs!
What is Dalgona Matcha?
You may have heard of its sister drink – Dalgona coffee. But what exactly is Dalgona? It’s actually a Korean sponge toffee. The drink got its name when Korean actor Jung Il-woo tried it at a restaurant in Macau on the television show Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant and noted a similarity in taste.
Dalgona coffee soon became the hottest trend on TikTok, due to its simplicity, deliciousness and elegant aesthetic. This matcha version of the recipe will give tea lovers a shot at enjoying an elevated version of a classic tea.
A whipped matcha foam is the key component for Dalgona Matcha. This foam is then added to a cup of either a hot or cold milk or milk alternative for a drink that can be made in just 5 minutes – faster than brewing tea!
Ingredients & Substitutes
- Egg Whites – It’s important to use room temperature egg whites. Replace the egg white with the liquid from a can of chickpeas for an egg-free and vegan version.
- Sugar – I used granulated sugar for making the simple syrup. You can also sub brown sugar.
- Matcha Powder – Use high-quality fresh matcha powder for the best result. Old matcha powder has less flavor with a dull green color. You can buy them at the local grocery store or order online from Amazon. Note that green tea powder is different than matcha powder.
- Milk – Use your favorite milk for this recipe: whole milk, skimmed milk, almond milk or coconut milk.
You’ll also need water to make the matcha tea, and ice if you’d like to serve it cold.
Pro Tips: Matcha powder should be stored in the refrigerator once it’s opened. Make sure to store it in a good air-tight container.
How to Make Dalgona Matcha
Step 1: Make Simple Syrup
- Add sugar and water into a saucepan or skillet.
- Bring to boil, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then cover with the lid and simmer for 3-4 minutes, until the syrup is nice and thick.
Step 2: Make Whipped Matcha
- Beat the egg whites using a hand mixer until slightly frothy. Pour in the hot simple syrup and keep beating until it forms soft peaks.
- Add the green tea matcha powder into the bowl. Continue to beat until everything is combined.
Step 3: Assemble the Drink
- Add ice into the glass, pour in the milk.
- Top with the whipped Matcha. Stir to mix and enjoy!
Tips for the Perfect Matcha Dalgona
- Make sure your simple syrup has thickened before adding to the egg whites.
- The key to the perfect Dalgona Matcha is to get the right consistency of foam. Make sure you whip it until there are soft peaks. Essentially, you want to make meringue batter. Avoid overbeating, or your whipped cream will be runny.
- Add the simple syrup to whipped egg whites AFTER the eggs have started to get foamy but well before they have started to form peaks.
- Sieve the green tea matcha powder into the whipped cream so that the powder can be mixed in properly.
- For added flare, try sprinkling a little extra matcha powder on top of your finished drink. Or, you can even experiment with sprinkling different spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Sugar-Free: For a sugar-free option, make a simple syrup out of sweetener and water.
- Egg Free: Aquafaba (Latin for ‘bean water’) is the liquid in a can of chickpeas and makes an excellent substitute for egg whites. For this recipe, you’ll need 15 ounces.
- Vegan: For a vegan option, opt for aquafaba and the dairy-free milk of your choosing.
- Alcoholic Version: Add a shot of the liquor to the glass with ice and milk, and top it off with the whipped matcha. Some good choices include dark rum, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, etc.
What Kind of Sugar Can I Use for Whipped Matcha?
Simple syrup can be made with a wide variety of sugars. We recommend using granulated sugar for the best result.
Can I Make Whipped Matcha Without Sugar?
The simple syrup in this recipe is a key component in getting a thick and consistent foam that can hold its shape. For a sugar-free option, you can use a sweetener.
What Does it Taste Like?
Dalgona Matcha has a strong, earthy, green tea flavour but with an added sweetness to balance it out. The texture is velvety smooth, creamy, and rich.
How Can I Make Dalgona Matcha Without a Handmixer?
If you don’t have a hand mixer, you can absolutely whisk the foam by hand. Just be prepared for a bit of a workout! Start with your egg whites at room temperature, then whisk for about 5 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Don’t get discouraged if it feels like it isn’t working, it takes time, but is well worth the effort.
Is It Safe to Eat Uncooked Eggs?
Eating uncooked eggs can present a health risk. Thankfully, in this recipe, the addition of hot simple syrup not only stabilizes the meringue, and it makes the eggs safe to consume.
Can I Make Dalgona Matcha with Heavy Cream?
Yes, you can beat heavy cream with sugar for the whipped cream.
How to Store?
This recipe yields 4 servings, but don’t worry if you can’t drink it all at once! The whipped matcha can be stored in the fridge. Just whisk it again for about a minute before adding to milk to serve.
Can I Make Dalgona Coffee?
If you prefer coffee over matcha, Dalgona Coffee is even easier to make. Unlike matcha powder, instant coffee already contains properties that will create foam (think crema – the foam on top of espresso) and so you won’t need any egg or egg substitutes. Just whip sugar, instant coffee and hot water in equal parts and then add to milk!
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Dalgona Matcha Recipe
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large egg whites* (room temperature, see notes for the egg-free version)
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder (plus more for serving)
- 4 cups milk of your choice**
- ice optional
- Make Simple Syrup: Add sugar and water into a medium saucepan or skillet. Bring to boil, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cover with a lid and then simmer for 3-4 minutes until the syrup has thickened. (Make sure the syrup is nice and thick before adding to the egg whites.)
- Beat the Egg Whites: In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the egg whites until slightly frothy. Pour in the hot simple syrup and keep beating until it forms soft peaks.
- Make Whipped Matcha: Sieve the green tea matcha powder into the bowl. Continue to beat until everything is combined. Avoid overbeating, otherwise, the mixture can get runny.
- Serve the Drink: It can be either served hot or cold. For the cold serving, add ice cubes into the glass, pour in the milk. Then top with the whipped Matcha. For the hot serving, fill the glass with hot milk and top with the whipped match. You can sprinkle with more matcha powder on top. Stir together and enjoy!
- *No egg version: Replace the egg white with the liquid from a can of chickpeas (15oz). Add the liquid to a mixer and beat until it forms stiff peaks.
- **Choice of milk: You can use any milk for this recipe. Some popular choices include almond milk, coconut milk, whole milk, and skim milk.
- For the alcoholic version: simply add a shot of the liquor of your choice to the glass with ice and milk, and top it off with the whipped matcha. Some good choices include dark rum, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, etc.
- Use more milk and less matcha cream if you’d prefer a less sweet drink.
- If you don’t have a hand mixer, you can whisk by hand. Make sure to let your egg whites come to room temperature first. You’ll need to whisk vigorously until they’re foamy before adding sugar.
- The matcha mix can be re-whipped if all was not served at the time of use. It can be kept in the fridge then whisked again for about a minute before pouring it over your milk.