Egg Coffee Hanoi

Egg Coffee Hanoi Style

In Videos, Vietnam by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch9 Comments

We fell in love with egg coffee on our second day in Vietnam. Watch our video to find out why egg coffee Hanoi style is our new guilty pleasure.

Egg coffee Hanoi style, a hybrid between coffee and dessert, is our new guilty pleasure. The best version can be found at Cafe Giang in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Egg Coffee Hanoi

We would have walked right by Café Giang if not for the advice of our two Hanoi ‘fixers’ – Philly friend / Instagram maven Marie Buendia Woytowich of gooddayphoto and the intrepid Mai Nguyen from Hanoi food blog Tho Loves Food. They both told us to try egg coffee, also known as orcà phê trứng, at this hidden Hanoi café near our Old Quarter hotel. Thanks to their sage advice, our lives (or at least our taste buds) are forever changed.

To the uninitiated, egg coffee, Hanoi style, sounds kind of weird. That’s what we thought before we tried it, but we fell in love with Giang Café’s version after just one sip. Created by his father Nguyen Giang in the 1940’s when fresh milk was scarce, Tri Hoa Nguyen makes egg coffee the original way by brewing cups of strong coffee and then adding a sweet topping of whisked chicken egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese. The result is a decadently rich concoction that’s both a coffee drink and a dessert.

Watch our video to get the skinny on egg coffee. Warning – the video won’t actually make you skinny, but it will make you want to hop on a plane to Hanoi for a jolt of liquid pleasure.

Egg Coffee Hanoi Video

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Café Giang is located at 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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  1. That looks amazing! Do you have an exact recipe to replicate it with?

    I remember loving the coffee when I was there. I even bought one of those little coffee presses.

    1. Author

      There are some recipes online. We’re not sure that knowing how to make egg coffee at home would be a good thing for us. Probably a good drink for the holidays!

  2. I checked for online recipes and found that in Scandinavia they have egg coffee too. It appears to be different though. The Vietnamese looks much better. Thanks for the educational food tours. I have been learning a lot.

    1. Author

      There are Vietnamese recipes out there too, but even with the videos we watched, those recipes didn’t look quite correct. I would just separate some eggs yolks, pour over some sweetened condensed milk, add a little vanilla and blend it with a hand mixer. After that pour some coffee over the mix in a cup. (I think La Coloumbe Corsica would do the trick – it’s bitter and burnt tasting. Not my preference for coffee beans normally but the kind of flavor that works in Vietnam.) Serve the Coffee in a cup over a bowl of hot water (to keep the egg mixture viscous.)

  3. Daryl and Mindi, You guys look like you are having so much fun! I didn’t try egg coffee when I was in Hanoi, and now I’m going to have to go back. It looks too decadent for words!

    1. Author

      Hey Corrine! Great hearing from you! Hanoi has so many fun places that are hidden in alleyways, waiting to be discovered.

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