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Everything About Vietnamese Egg Coffee

A cup of coffee mixed with egg may seem extremely odd for many people, but in Vietnam it is not something uncommon and weird. The Vietnamese believe that egg makes full-bodied and delicious dessert coffee. Read on to find out who invented Vietnamese egg coffee (ca phe trung), how does it look like, and how to make it.

The history of Vietnamese egg coffee

The idea of egg coffee was introduced in 1946 in Hanoi by a bartender called Giang. At that time, he used to work at the Metropole Hotel. When there was a milk shortage struck Vietnam, he decided that creamy egg yolks and sugar would be a good substitute.

Then Giang started offering this unusual mix for hotel guests, and they loved it very much! After gaining all the fame he quit job at the Metropole and opened a small coffee shop. Giang had 4 kids who carried on the business and who own 3 cafés in Hanoi that serve the Vietnamese egg coffee.

Today, egg coffee is served in numerous coffee shops throughout Vietnam.

How does it taste and look like

Vietnamese egg coffee looks like espresso topped with a meringue like fluff. The whipped topping has similarities to flan due to shared ingredients. It is creamy and fluffy, not dens like custard.

Vietnamese coffee is famous for its strength and quite similar to espresso. It is traditionally made from Robusta that is blended with a nutty and bold flavor profile. Typical black coffee contains 50-200 mg of caffeine per a 250 ml cup. But Vietnamese coffee caffeine content can reach 265 mg of caffeine for the same volume of coffee.

Together these 2 flavors create a full-bodied whipped coffee drink which is not too sweet or too strong.

How to make Vietnamese egg coffee


· 2 tablespoons of finely ground Robusta (you can also use the blend of Robusta and Arabica)
· 3 cups of hot water (96 °C)
· 2 egg yolks
· 1-3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk (depends on how sweet you want it to be)
· 1 tablespoon of sugar

  1. Brew Vietnamese coffee with a phin filter placed over each coffee cup. Let it drip for 4 – 5 minutes. Here is more detailed instruction how to brew traditional Vietnamese coffee with phin.
  2. Beat eggs with sugar in a small bowl till soft peaks form.
  3. Carefully mix it with condensed milk, ensure to preserve the egg-sugar foam.
  4. Pour coffee in the cup, carefully spoon the egg mixture over the coffee.
  5. You can add cocoa powder or cinnamon.

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