The Beauty of Hanoi Coffee - The Egg Coffee

  • 30/12/2019

Egg coffee - a Hanois's specialty in which a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee. If you try it once, egg coffee will surely leave a very bold mark that makes anyone who drinks it will remember forever and want to try more. Think of a cup of coffee with sugar, sweetened condensed milk with egg yolks whisked in. It might be hard to imagine, but strangely enough the egg yolks actually start tasting like soft and creamy meringue in your coffee, even though meringue is made of egg whites… somehow it just works?!

Egg cafe

There are hot and cold versions. The former is served as a a yellow concoction in a small glass. It's consumed with a spoon and tastes almost like a coffee flavored ice cream, more like a dessert rather  than coffee. The hot version comes resting in a small dish of hot water to maintain its temperature. The strong coffee taste at the bottom of the cup seeps through the egg -- the yellow layer on top -- and is quite thick and sweet, though not sickly.

Vietnamese coffee culture

Influenced by the Chinese, who ruled the country for 1,000 years, traditionally Vietnam was a tea-drinking nation. So what makes coffee so popular today?

Cafe and tea culture

The French introduced coffee to Vietnam, mainly as a way to supply their own colonial expat populations. As Vietnam became influenced by other economic forces and collaborators from Europe - he French in 1860s through the early 20th century and the Germans mid-century, which opened them up to instant coffee production, coffee started to make its way into cities, where popularity has increased ever since. Nowadays, coffee culture is very much entwined in Vietnamese life. The older generation prefer to sit at sidewalk cafes, smoke cigarettes and socialize. Many will sip on coffee all day long. The younger generation is into the more European-influenced cafe experience, going out to be seen in cafes and to socialize with friends. Many of these cafes are decorated like discotheques, with loud club music to match.

Where To Find The Most Delicious Vietnamese Egg Coffee

When it comes to the egg coffee in Hanoi, Giang Cafe is the first place that comes to mind.

Address: Alley 39 Nguyen Huu Huan
Price: 15 thousand to 30 thousand VND / cup

Nguyen Van Dao said that it was his father, Nguyen Van Giang who invented the recipe while working as a bartender at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in 1946. At the time, there was a shortage of fresh milk in the country so whisked egg yolk was used as a substitute. "All the foreigners and the Vietnamese in the hotel liked it," says Van Dao. "So he decided to leave the hotel to start selling egg coffee and create his own brand." When pushed on the recipe Van Dao begins listing the ingredients while counting on his fingers: "Egg, condensed milk, coffee powder, some butter, and some cheese, but I can't tell you everything, it's a secret recipe" he chuckles.

cafe Giang

Among cafes that focus on the interior as well as many new drinks are growing more and more, Giang egg cafe has been simple in its own way for nearly 70 years. Rustic wooden tables and chairs, small corner seats, even cramped, the space is close, and the cup is also very simple. It seems that all those wooden features add to the attraction of the egg coffee, because those who love egg coffee are those who do not like the hustle life pace; instead, they desire to be in a quiet place, to slow down and can sip the sweet bitter taste on the tip of the tongue.

Giang cafe

3000 cups of egg coffee were served at the US-Korea Summit. The hit news agencies like CNN and Reuters have made a lot of reports on this Hanoi-style drink. Egg coffee has made a strong impression on foreign reporters when the food court of the International Press Center appeared. Many famous journalists have posted pictures of this drink on their personal pages with comments praising the originality.

Giang cafe - This small corner of the shop may have become very familiar to those who love egg coffee because this is where Mr. Giang gave birth to a drink associated with the taste of Hanoi cuisine. Giang Coffee is one of the four 'coffee pillars' in Hanoi: Nhan, Aur, Di and Giang. Unlike the other 3 bars, Giang coffee has a unique drink. Because the egg coffee cup here has a strong taste of coffee and the sweetness of chicken egg yolk, adding sweet cream. Giang Coffee has made a great deal of effort when it turned this drink into a famous land of wonder.

Other places to get an egg coffee in Hanoi 

Dinh Cafe

Dinh cafe
Owned by Mr Van Dao's sister, this is perhaps the second best place in Hanoi to savor some "cafe trung" and features views of Hoan Kiem lake.
13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; +84 (0)4 3824 2960
Price: 30 thousand to 70 thousand VND / cup

Oriberry Coffee

Selling Fair Trade coffee by utilizing farmers co-operatives from regions throughout Vietnam to provide poor farmers with better working conditions and incomes, Oriberry has two locations in the city.
25 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi; +84 (0)4 6275 8669
36 Au trieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; +84 (0)4 6275 8669

Cafe Lam

One of the oldest cafes in Hanoi, Cafe Lam serve delicious egg coffee. A small, unassuming cafe, here you will get an authentic Hanoi cafe experience. Cafe Lam also do great Vietnamese iced coffee, or ca phe sua da.

60 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Ba Khanh's egg whisked with cream

Egg Cafe Flavour
Fresh chicken eggs not only blend well with coffee, but Hanoi people also prefer a dish that also uses chicken eggs as the main ingredient - it is a whisk. This 30-year-old childhood dish is suitable for those who love the fatness of the eggs but do not like coffee.
Each cup of whipped egg whites consists of only 2 egg yolks and a little sugar is thoroughly beaten until it becomes really fluffy, soft and adds some flavor like vanilla, coffee, green tea or add a whole spoon of beans Cook green sugar to your likings. Eggs after whipping up will not have any fishy taste, soft and smooth, taste a piece of greasy and aromatic. Usually people dip bread with egg foam, so that they can have a delicious and good quality breakfast. Ba Khanh's egg coffee on Hai Ba Trung street is the right destination for those who love this greasy and sweet drink.

Address: 55B Hai Bà Trung.
Price: 20,000 VND / cup

by Quynh Nhi

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