In addition to bread and Phở, Vietnam coffee is often known for its thick, and oftentimes over-the-top sweet. Sitting at local café’s – from Saigon to Hanoi – you can’t miss the unique way coffee is brewed in Vietnam (through the filter). But, the lesser known, “Egg Coffee” can be found on menus in hidden coffee shop gems.
The Egg Coffee was found by Mr. Nguyen Giang in 1954 when he was working as a bartender for the famous five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel. Although the café has been relocated twice, its egg coffee recipe is almost the same as in its early days, with its chief ingredients being chicken egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese. The coffee is brewed in a small cup with a filter before the addition of a well-whisked mixture of the yolk and other ingredients. The cup is placed in a bowl of hot water to keep its temperature. Mr. Giang developed the recipe in days when milk was scarce in Vietnam. He used egg yolks to replace milk.
Whatever the time goes by, the coffee is pretty delicious mixed by the whole materials as eggs, milk, coffee that you will find them so amazing and unforgettable. The egg flavor is really fat, the coffee flavor are really both fragrant and bold.
Sitting in a tiny chair, sipping the fabulous “Egg Coffee” and enjoy the Hanoi’s bustling streets, your Hanoi trip will be rememberable.
Famous Hanoi’s Egg Coffee
Giang Café – 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem Dist.
Dinh Café – 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem Dist.