Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

Authentic Cà Phê Trứng (Vietnamese Egg Coffee)

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If you ever get the chance to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, you mustn’t miss out Cà Phê Trứng (Egg Coffee) . Today, I’ll walk you through how to make your own genuine Vietnamese Egg Coffee at home. And, of course, there are some local tips to find a fantastic cup of egg coffee in Hanoi.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

☕ Cà Phê Trứng – The story of a creative Hanoi Bartender

Back in the days of colonization, the French left an indelible mark on Vietnamese culture and cuisine. Modern Vietnamese delights like bánh mì, pâté chaud, and gà roti are the delicious offspring of this cultural fusion. I’ve got a whole post dedicated to these French-Vietnamese dishes.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

The buzz around Vietnamese Coffee all started in this melting pot. Egg Coffee is the creation of Mr. Nguyễn Văn Giảng, the legendary bartender from the iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, a spot graced by luminaries like Graham Greene and Charlie Chaplin.

Mr Giang
Mr. Nguyễn Văn Giảng served as a judge for a bartending competition in the 1950s.

Back in the day, there was a shortage of fresh milk in the market. Mr. Giảng drew inspiration from Italian cappuccino and had a brilliant idea – turning egg yolk into frothy cream to enjoy with coffee. Fast forward to 1946, “Café Giảng” was open. It became the very first spot to serve up the egg coffee in Hanoi.

Egg coffee has since become an absolute Hanoi must-try deliacy for anyone visit the capital of Vietnam.

🌟 Where to try egg coffee in Hanoi

Mr. Giảng generously passed down the secret recipe for crafting the perfect egg coffee to his children. Until now, each of Mr. Giảng’s children has opened their own coffee shops in Hanoi.

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Mr. Giảng and his family.

While they all feature the beloved egg coffee on their menus, there’s always a subtle nuance in flavor that sets them apart each other.

Nowadays, you can find a cup of egg coffee in almost any coffee shops in Hanoi or across Vietnam. However, finding that perfect cup isn’t as simple, as not all shop can make the egg cream without the overpowering eggy aroma.

Ca Phe Dinh

Where to enjoy egg coffee in Hanoi:

  • Cà Phê Giảng (39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi), run by a son of Mr Giảng.
  • Cà Phê Giảng (106 Yên Phụ, Nguyễn Trung Trực, Ba Đình District, Hanoi), run by another son of Mr Giảng.
  • Cà Phê Đinh (13 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi), run by a daughter of Mr Giảng.
Ca phe Dinh
  • Blackbird Coffee (5 Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi). They serves Espresso instead of traditional Vietnamese coffee. However, their egg cream is spot on. It is made with real vanilla.
Blackbird Coffee

🥚 Ingredients for Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Whipping up a cup of Cà Phê Trứng is a piece of cake when you’ve got the know-how. Here’s the recipe, complete with tips I’ve gathered from various Vietnamese baristas.

The secret lies in achieving a luxurious and creamy egg froth without letting it be dominated by an overpowering eggy scent.

Ingredients for Vietnamese Egg Coffee

You will need:

  • Vietnamese pure coffee or espresso. Vietnamese coffee can be prepared using instant coffee or the traditional method of brewing with a phin filter.
Drip Vietnamese Coffee
  • 2 egg yolks.
  • Vanilla extract or rum liquor: they play a key role in neutralizing the eggy scent of the froth.
  • Condensed milk or honey: they provide a subtle sweetness to the froth and also help in eliminating the eggy smell.

📝 Instructions

  • In a mug or glass, combine egg yolks, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Place the mug in a bowl of hot water, as shown in the photo (This helps reduce the eggy smell and pasteurizes the eggs).
  • Use a hand mixer with a whisk attachment to beat the egg yolk until it becomes pale yellow and creamy (similar to making Vietnamese Mayo).
Beat the egg yolks with condensed milk.
  • To check the cream’s readiness, drop some egg cream onto the water in the bowl – if it floats, it’s ready.
the egg cream floats in the water
  • Pour the egg cream onto the coffee, and sprinkle some cocoa powder on top.
  • Enjoy the coffee while it’s hot; the eggy smell may develop as it cools down.
Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

🌟 Helpful Tips

  • When you’re travelling Vietnam, make sure to snag some coffee as it tops the list of must-buy Vietnamese souvenirs. I’ve got a post highlighting a few Vietnamese coffee brands that are definitely worth checking out.
  • Apart from egg coffee, there are a variety of Vietnamese coffee recipes waiting for you to explore:

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Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

Authentic Cà Phê Trứng (Vietnamese Egg Coffee)

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Cà Phê Trứng (Egg Coffee) is a must-try delicacy in Hanoi. The luscious and creamy egg froth paired with Vietnamese coffee is sure to impress you.
5 from 2 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk (or honey)
  • ¼ cup Vietnamese coffee (60ml) (or Double Espresso Shots)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (or Rum liquor)

Instructions
 

  • Combine egg yolks, condensed milk, and vanilla extract in a mug or glass. Place the mug in a bowl of hot water. This tip will help reduce the eggy smell and pasteurize the eggs.
  • Use a hand mixer with a whisk to beat the egg yolk until it turns pale yellow and creamy.
  • To check readiness, drop some egg cream into water; if it floats, it's ready.
  • Pour the egg cream onto the coffee, sprinkle cocoa powder on top.
  • Enjoy the hot coffee; the eggy smell may develop as it cools.
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