If you're unfamiliar with the concept, let's start with a picture of what the filter looks like:
Start by pouring 1/2" or so of sweetened condensed milk into the bottom of a small coffee cup (we used espresso cups). Next, place the bottom part of the filter on top of the cup, fill with a tablespoon or two of the grounds, place the little press (in the picture on the far right) on top of the grounds, then fill with boiling water. The water will drip through the grounds on top of the sweetened condensed milk (get Longevity brand at The Asian Supermarket on W. Patrick St. for around $2.50). Once the water has dripped through, press the grounds to squeeze out any extra yumminess. Stir to incorporate the milk with the coffee and enjoy! WARNING: This is super-delicious AND super-caffieinated, so beware. If you drink 3 or 4 of these, you may regret it later. If however, you're like me, caffeine doesn't really both you and you can suck them down all night long -- woo hoo!
You can find supplies at www.Vietnamese-coffee.com, or you can go check out Viet Gourmet on Rosemont where Lillies used to be (just past Military Rd. if you're headed out of town) and have them make it for you. They make good coffee there to go with your dinner, and I like the joint. More info coming on that new restaurant once I get to eat there just one more time.
Coming soon: Why the heck did I pay 15 bucks for one piece of fried catfish and shoestring fries???