Egg coffee – an unique culture of Hanoi
If you have chance to visit Hanoi one day, remember to enjoy its egg coffee. Why so? You may hear a lot about egg coffee, and this kind of coffee may be found in other parts of Vietnam, and even in some parts around the world, but Hanoi is the place where it was born. It was born in late 1940s when condensed milk was not as abundant as today.
It is traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Robusta coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream, which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks.
Where to find the best place?
Giang Café (39 Nguyen Huu Huan). This is the place where kind of drink was born. Giang Café 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.
Dinh Café (13 Đinh Tien Hoang). Packed in a small space but offering a look over Hoan Kiem Lake, this is also a favorite place for egg coffee. It was founded by Ms. Bich, daugher of Mr. Quang – the father of this kind of coffee. It continues to be hugely popular among Hanoi’s coffee addicts with its special ca phe trung.