Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung) – A True Taste of Viet Nam

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Vietnamese egg coffee (ca phe trung)

You might not be able to imagine how your coffee tastes like when you mix it with raw egg. Many people might think it will have a strong eggy smell and hard to digest. However, in the case of Vietnamese Egg Coffee, it is a perfect combination. You will be addicted to this coffee drink right away.

What is Vietnamese Egg Coffee?

Vietnamese egg coffee is a beverage originating from Vietnam, more specifically from Hanoi in the 1950s. Later it became a popular coffee drink not only in Viet Nam but around the world.

Egg coffee made from extremely simple ingredients, which are fresh chicken eggs, sugar, milk, and Vietnamese coffee. A beautiful foam from the beaten egg yolks blend with the delicious aroma of Vietnamese filter coffee is what makes this drink unique and super tasty.

Egg coffee can be served hot or iced depending on the taste of each person, but for the authentic taste of Hanoi egg coffee, you should enjoy a hot cup of egg coffee.

Why would you put an egg in coffee?

The story behind this coffee is also interesting as its name. 

During the 1950s, due to the trade embargo, it was very hard to buy milk in Viet Nam. Because of this scarcity, Vietnamese people came up with the idea of using egg yolk to replace milk. With that idea, Vietnamese egg coffee is invented. The sweet, fatty taste of chicken eggs will dispel the most “unpleasant” part of the coffee, leaving only a sweet and appealing aroma.

Where is the best place to enjoy this coffee in Viet Nam?

If you have a chance to visit Viet Nam, you must try it out if you do not want to regret it later.

As it getting popular, there are many coffee shops in Viet Nam start selling it across the country. However, if you are in Ha Noi, you should visit Cafe Giang – a place where it is believed the birthplace for Vietnamese egg coffee. It was established in 1946 and has been passed through two generations. I will leave the full address below for your reference.

cafe giang hanoi viet nam

  • Cafe Giang – 39 (lane), Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

What if your short trip only ends up in Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon)? Please do not worry as there are also some famous coffee shops for this specialty coffee drink. Here is the list

  • Nap Sai Gon – 3/5 Nguyen Van Thu, Da Kao ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vietphin Coffee – 89B Cach Mang Thang 8, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • L’amant Café – 12 Nguyen Hue, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

How to make Vietnamese egg coffee? 

Although Vietnamese egg coffee is well-known around the world, it hard to find a coffee shop that carries this drink outside of Viet Nam. 

Therefore with this recipe, you can completely prepare for yourself and your family the delicious, nutritious egg coffee without having to go far.

The nature of the egg is very eggy. Therefore, you need to be very meticulous and pay attention to each stage of preparing this drink. The way to make egg coffee is also quite simple; you can follow the steps below.

Ingredient:

  • Vietnamese ground coffee: 20gram 
  • Chicken egg yolks: 2 yolks
  • Condensed milk: 20ml
  • Sugar: 20g

List of tools needed

  • Vietnamese coffee filter
  • Measuring cup
  • Hand egg beater or hand mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Coffee cups, spoons

Instruction:

Step 1: Making filter coffee

First, rinse the filter with boiling water, then add 20g of coffee to the filter and press down on the lid. Slowly pour 15ml of boiling water in a circle around the filter to infuse the coffee, wait for 2-3 minutes for the coffee to swell, then pour the boiling water to 3/4 of the filter, cover and let the coffee drip.

Step 2: Making the egg mixture 

Separate two egg yolks and put it in a mixing bowl, add condensed milk, sugar, and whisk until it becomes a thick cream. If you use an electric hand mixer, it can be quickly done in 2-3 minutes.

Step 3: Mixing egg mixture with coffee

For hot egg coffee, at first, put your cup of filter coffee into the microwave to heat it.

Then slowly pour the egg mixture onto the surface of the cup of hot coffee. Coffee and egg mix should have a ratio of 1:1 to achieve the best level. 

Finally, garnish with some cocoa powder.

Special tips:

  • If you want to drink it a little bit sweeter, you can also mix some condensed milk with filter coffee before pouring the egg mixture into it.
  • To make your egg coffee more fragrant, you can add to it a dash of rum or vanilla syrup.
  • For the Vietnamese coffee filter and Vietnamese ground coffee, you can buy it on Amazon through this link.

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