Egg mixes with coffee? Is there any misunderstanding here? Sounds kindda weird!!!” – this is what foreigners usually say when they hear about egg coffee or cà phê trứng in Vietnamese but after enjoying it , they are very satisfied so if you have a chance to visit Ha Noi , don’t miss it .
The very first cup of egg coffee was made in early 20th century by Mr. Nguyen Van Giang. He used to be a barista at the 5-star Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel under French domination. The great-grandfather Giang had turned the western Cappuccino into ‘egg coffee’ made of familiar ingredients and developed the recipe in days when milk was very scarce in Vietnam. That the reason why he used egg yolks to replace milk.
For Giang Café , it is humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in the city’s old quarter. It may be difficult to find for visitors, but it is well worth the effort. It continues to be hugely popular among Hanoi’s coffee addicts with its special ca phe trung, or egg coffee. 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. And then 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.
To drink egg coffee, you should slowly stir bobbed froth of whipped egg with the coffee below. Sweet, fat and tasty of egg and milk are in harmony with bitterness of coffee and leaves behind the mesmerizing scent.
Although egg coffee has appeared for a long time, it is still a hot trend of cuisine in Hanoi till now. Sipping egg coffee, eating sunflower seeds and chatting with your friends will definitely very interesting. And here are some famous addresses for egg coffee in Ha Noi:
Giảng cafe: No.106 Yen Phu Street (near West Lake)
No.39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street (near the Old Quarter)
Đinh cafe: No.13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street (has lake view of the Sword Lake)