Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung) - Local Guide

Duc - October 29, 2018

I. Egg Coffee Overview

egg coffee Sitting on a small chair on the pavement with a cup of egg coffee become a familiar symbol of Hanoians

You are a real fan of coffee? You desire to try all types of coffee?Vietnamese Egg Coffee is actually a unique kind of coffee that you cannot miss. Unlike Western normal coffee, Hanoi locals have created a new ways to enjoy coffee for decades: mixing eggs into coffee to form a perfect match. Sitting on a small chair on the pavement with a cup of egg coffee become a popular image of Hanoi, the capital and undisputed epicenter of coffee culture in Vietnam.

II. Vietnamese Egg Coffee Introduction

II.1. A deep-rooted history of egg coffee

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 Café Giang down a narrow alley of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Fortunately, the result was decadent and delicious, so he decided open Cafe Giang, the original Vietnamese egg coffee king in order to introduce this signature drink.

II.2. Preparation process to make ca phe trung

With the dramatic emergence of a lot of cafés, egg coffee are today made according to a variety of methods with different tastes.

Below are main ingredient:

  • 1 tablespoon Vietnamese coffee
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 tablespoon condensed milk
  • 2 eggs

egg coffee Vietnamese coffee and eggs, two key elements forming an unforgettable flavor signature cup of coffee

II.3. What can be served with Vietnamese Egg Coffee?

Vietnamese coffee tends to be very dark and sweet, so this coffee is often enjoyed combining with appetizing cream cakes such as Baked Flourless Cake, Genoise and Chiffon Cake.

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A baked flourless cake - a perfect match

In addition, you can order some sandwiches and breads to have a nutritious breakfast meal.

II.4. Special kinds of Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Vietnamese egg coffee has been a massive burst in popularity since its initial introduction to consumers, thus, many versions of the original recipe have been altered or replicated in various forms.

Egg coffee can be ordered hot or cold and both of them seem to be quite different experiences of paralleled delight.

The cold coffee comes in a cup loaded with ice and tastes more like a dessert. It appear to be similar to ice cream or runny tiramisu.

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A cup of cold egg coffee, an intriguing idea during the freezing winter

The hot version of Vietnamese egg coffee is placed in a smaller cup and has a thick, foamy egg-based head. This yellowish heap of jacked-up creamy goodness is perfection.

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A perfect match of rich eggs and bitter coffee in a cup of hot Vietnamese egg coffee

II.5. Where to try Vietnamese egg coffee

As coffee culture remains an adhesive element of Vietnamese culture and society, more and more cafes will have a go at whipping up their own version.

Below are some high-ranked store serving the signature drink of Hanoi

II.5.1. Café Giang

Address: 30 Nguyen Huu Tuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Average price: 15.000-33.000VND

Café Giang is known as the original coffee shop serving Vietnamese egg coffee in Hanoi.

egg coffee Café Giang, an original coffee shop in the land with a thousand years of civilization with its specialty, egg coffee

Local tips

- Opening hours: Daily from 7:00am to 10:30pm

- Parking: You have to park your vehicle opposite to Café Giang (Cost: 10.000 VND/time).

- Menu: Besides egg coffee, the store also serves Brewed Cocoa Coffee or Coffee Beers. Their flavor and color are rather attracting and tasteful.

- The space of Café Giang is quiet small so if you want to get a favorable seat, avoid coming on the crowded time.

II.5.2. Dinh Café

Address: The second floor, 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Average price: 30.000 – 70.000 VND

The owner of Dinh Café is Ms. Bich, the daughter of the original egg coffee extraordinaire, Nguyen Van Giang. With the favorable position, this store is suitable for those who wants to enjoy the stunning scenery of Hoan Kiem Lake with a rich cup of egg coffee.

egg coffee Special egg cocoa alluring lots of coffee slavers

Local tips

- Opening hours: Every day from 7:00am to 10:30pm

- In addition to famous egg coffee, the owner of Dinh café created her own rendition which uses cocoa. This is Egg Cocoa with an alluring flavor and decoration.

- The shop is so crowded so you should come earlier to get a good position on the balcony.

II.5.3. Old Quarter Café

Address: 11 Gai Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Average price: 20.000- 55.000 VND

It seems to spend for the ones who are keen on the ancient beauty of Old Quarter with a spectacular view over old houses here.

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A unique corner of Old Quarter Café

Local tips

- Opening hours: Daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm

- The store don’t provide parking area so when you come here, it’s better to walk or park your transport outside.

- The specialties of Old Quarter Café are egg coffee, egg cocoa and coconut milk coffee with a superb taste and a reasonable price.

II.6. How to enjoy Vietnamese Egg Coffee like a real local?

You can enjoy egg coffee with a spoon to drink the coffee through the egg topping or mix everything together.

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You can try Vietnamese egg coffee through the egg topping or mix all together

Sitting with a cup of coffee and enjoying the spectacular sightseeing around is really a perfect experience for locals as well as foreign tourists.

If you don’t know how to order and enjoy a cup of egg coffee in Vietnamese, observe locals as they are the best instructors.

III. Related Tour

If you are food holic, don't forget to try Egg Coffee. AZ Local Trip has designed a street food tour for tourists to taste like a local with our guide. Don't hesitate to book a tour with us now to enjoy your time in Hanoi.

Moreover, if you are a lover of Vietnamese local cuisines, you can’t miss bun thang, one of the most popular yet hidden fares in Hanoi. The chicken broth is artistically done and the dish is attractively decorated. Bun thang is a harmonious combination of its ingredients that you should try at least one time in your life.

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Bun thang, a harmonious blend in its recipe

Vietnamese Egg Coffee is really a special dish you cannot miss in your wonderful journey to Vietnam. If you want to experience this cuisine with detailed information as well as a reasonable price, contact AZ Local Trip to be accompanied by our skilled tourist guides.