There’s nothing ancient nor reptilian about this week’s recipe – the Mocha Dinosaur is inspired by the ubiquitous Singaporean and Malaysian street beverage, popularly known as Milo Dinosaur. We’re improving that version by making a tasty mocha with high-quality coffee and chocolate as its base, then topping it with the malted chocolate milk powder that both kids and adults love! Can’t find Milo? Apparently, the stuff is widespread in most countries in Asia but not so much the West, so feel free to substitute what you have in your area! Brands like Ovaltine/Ovomaltine and chocolate-flavoured Horlicks come to mind.
- 120g or ml espresso (brewed from 2 capsules)
- 100ml Milk
- 15g of a high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
- 30g sweetened condensed milk
- half a cup of crushed ice (or 4 ice cubes)
- 1 tbsp (or more) of Milo or chocolate malted milk equivalent
Start by pulling two shots of espresso into a cup that can hold it with space to spare. Stir in the cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk, then whisk and stir properly until the mocha base is well-combined. Allow this to cool down for a few minutes. Fill a 12oz glass with ice, then pour in the cooled mocha base. Finally, top with at least 1 tablespoon of Milo – but feel free to use more! Stick a straw in it and enjoy the nostalgic childhood rush that comes with this beverage!
Words and image by @theheadbean