We had never heard of egg coffee until we visited Hanoi in Vietnam, so now we want to share How to make Egg Coffee – the Vietnamese way. Of course, we had to try it, because honestly, we thought ‘how very odd.’ We headed to the original home of egg coffee in Hanoi, called Cafe Giang, to be found at No.39 Nguyen Huu Huan, in the Old Quarter.
To read more about what to see and do in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, click here.
About Vietnamese egg coffee called Cà Phê Trứng
The current owner, Nguyen Van Dao is the son of the founder of egg coffee. Apparently, according to an article in The Guardian “at the time, milk was scarce in Vietnam so whisked egg yolk was used as a replacement.” His father made the Vietnamese egg coffee while working as a bartender at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in 1946.
It was so popular that he opened a café selling egg coffee, and has never looked back. Unfortunately, there are many copy cat cafes now serving egg coffee, but when you visit this amazing city of Hanoi, you are best to go straight to Giang’s.
Vietnamese egg coffee is now very much on trend Nguyen tells us, and many young local Vietnamese people come there to have this as their desert after dinner. The fact that is tastes a lot like tiramisu makes sense.
This is our version as adapted from what Nguyen told us. There is one omitted ingredient, however, and that is the cheese that they add, which is a family secret. No amount of begging, not research could reveal what the cheese it, but if follow this recipe, you will get a very good impression of what egg coffee tastes like.
How to make Egg Coffee the Vietnamese way
Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe
Ingredients for egg coffee
• 1 egg
• 3 teaspoons of Vietnamese coffee powder which you can purchase on Amazon here to get the authentic taste http://amzn.to/2eZSgPG
• 2 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk
• Boiling water
Put your heatproof glasses into a slightly larger dish that has been half-filled with boiling water, to keep the coffee warm while you are preparing the egg mix. You will serve it like this as the photo indicates.
Brew a small cup of Vietnamese coffee. You will need a Vietnamese coffee filter, and again these are available from Amazon at this link. They are cheap. DO NOT use INSTANT coffee.
Place the egg and the sweetened condensed milk into a blender. Add one tablespoon of the brewed coffee, and blend it until it is very light and fluffy.
You then pour your brewed coffee into your favorite coffee cup and add the fluffy egg mixture on top, and sprinkle with some ground coffee.
That is How to make Egg Coffee – the Vietnamese way.