Egg Coffee is an unusual and unique coffee. A MUST TRY even if you are a big fan of coffee or not! The most common place to find egg coffee is in Hanoi, in the north of Vietnam. Here are our favorite picks for egg coffee Hanoi…
What is the Vietnamese Egg Coffee?
Think 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?
The egg yolks are creamy soft, meringue-like perching on the dense Vietnamese signature coffee. Somehow it just works and comes with the taste of pleasure!
Coffee was first introduced to Vietnam in the 19th century by the French colonists. Vietnam increasingly becomes a strong coffee exporter with many plantations in the central highlands.
To tackle the limitations of fresh milk, the French and Vietnamese started to use sweetened condensed milk with a dark roasted coffee.
Egg coffee has been invented since the 1940s when a bartender called Nguyen Van Giang in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi whisked eggs into his coffee as he couldn’t find fresh milk.
Egg coffee has been invented since the 1940s when a bartender called Nguyen Van Giang in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi whisked eggs into his coffee as he couldn’t find fresh milk. Fortunately, the result was decadent and delicious, so he decided to open Cafe Giang, the original Vietnamese egg coffee king in order to introduce this signature drink. And it became one of the most famous coffee in Hanoi since then!
Where to try best Egg coffee in Hanoi
- Giang Cafe: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm
When it comes to egg coffee in Hanoi, Giang Cafe is the first place that comes to mind. Giang Cafe serve arguably the best egg coffee in Hanoi. Giang Cafe was founded in 1946 by Mr Nguyen Giang, who created egg coffee when milk was scarce, replacing the milk with the egg yolk. Having egg coffee at Giang Cafe is an experience in itself. You will only see a sign above a small alleyway, which you need to walk down to the end where the cafe will open up.
- Cafe Pho Co: 11 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm
There’s something special about walking into a normal looking silk store, then walking further with still no sign of a coffee shop then walking upstairs to a coffee shop that suddenly opens up to have this stunning view over Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s almost just a bonus that they also happen to do excellent egg coffee. Such a great cafe experience in Hanoi.
- Cafe Lam: 60 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm
One of the oldest cafes in Hanoi, Cafe Lam serves delicious egg coffee. A small, unassuming cafe, here you will get an authentic Hanoi cafe experience. Cafe Lam also does great Vietnamese iced coffee, or ca phe sua da.
Sitting with a cup of eff coffee in Hanoi and enjoying the spectacular sightseeing around is really a perfect experience for locals as well as foreign tourists.
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