Get inspired | Vietnamese Egg Coffee
When walking around in Vietnam, one thing catches your eye right away, coffee is an important part of life in this country. Originally, Vietnam used to be a tea culture like its enormous northern neighbor China. Coffee came dripping into the daily life with the French settlers.
Nowadays you can’t think of Vietnam without its ever-present coffee culture. Especially the bigger cities have an abundance of cafés and coffee shops, from luxury hipster cafés to tiny plastic chairs on the streets, where you can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee under a shady tree.
Zipping on a cup of coffee and socializing with friends, family or random other guests is an important part of Vietnamese culture, which you should definitely try, while visiting the country.
The café is just the first choice you have to make, when ‘going for a coffee’ in Vietnam you’ll also have to make a choice what kind of coffee you want. Throughout the years there has been a lot of experimenting with coffee. Coffee, milk and sugar are usually the main ingredients and more and more Vietnamese people drink their coffee cold (with ice) rather than hot.
One of the unique coffees you can order in many Hanoian cafés is called Ca Phe Trung or egg coffee. Egg coffee is something in between a cup of coffee and a filling dessert. The preparation is quite simple, although every café in Hanoi has its own recipe and secret ingredient. Whipped egg yolk and condensed milk is poured onto a strong, espresso-like shot of Vietnamese coffee and served hot or cold.
Egg coffee dates back to 1946, when because of a shortage of milk, a bartender named Nguyen Giang at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi decided to replace milk for a concoction egg yolk, condensed milk, butter and cheese. Ever since the drink or dish, is found in many cafés in Hanoi.
Up to now Mister Giang has its own café in the Old Quarter in Hanoi at 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, ran by his son these days. At the café which is called Mister Giang you can still order the delicious original recipe!
When you’re in Hanoi don’t forget to get a taste of this unique drink and to thank Mister Giang for this mouthwatering treat.
If you’re looking for the best spot for an iced coffee, you’ll have to go the Friends Travel Vietnam office at 62 Hang Buom Street in the Old Quarter. Enjoy!