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.
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.