Hanoi Egg Coffee – More than the drinking habits

The culture of Hanoian coffee

Vietnam is renowned for its excellent coffee, with a variety of coffee such as Hanoi egg coffee.

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About Hanoi Egg Coffee

Who could have known eggs and coffee can be such a perfect couple to make up a Vietnamese traditional cappuccino – ‘egg coffee’?

The first cup of egg coffee was made in early 20th century by Nguyen Van Giang. He used to be a bartender at the 5-star Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel under French occupation. The father Giang had learned the western Cappuccino and invented his own ‘egg coffee’ which was made of Vietnamese ingredients.

An egg coffee cup

An egg coffee cup is usually made of egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Robusta coffee. The egg yolks were firstly beaten with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks.

The combination of the egg’s rich taste and aromatic coffee wafting through the air makes up specific flavor. To drink egg coffee, people should slowly stir bobbed froth of whipped egg with the coffee below. Sweet and tasty of egg and milk are in harmony with bitterness of coffee and leaves behind the mesmerizing scent.

Egg coffee has appeared for a long time, but it is still a hot trend of cuisine in Hanoi till now.

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Coffee Space

Coffee is considered as a beautiful cultural feature of Hanoi. However, the number of coffee shops serving egg coffee successfully is very small.

The best way to enjoy this peculiar balancing act is to sit on the balcony of one of the innumerable coffee houses or to discover the cafeteria behind the deep and narrow alley scattered throughout the city.

Almost the architectural style of the famous cafeteria reflects an auspicious blend of Western and Asian influences. Giang cafe is a great place to relax, enjoy some music and have a cup of coffee or, alternatively, a hot egg chocolate. Besides Giang cafe is the oldest cafeteria, Café Lam also brings the charming atmosphere which is complemented by antique pieces, art collections and rare books tucked away at every corner. The unique environment transports customers back in time, whilst they enjoy great Vietnamese-style hot and ice coffee, with thick condensed milk.

A view from rooftop floor to the Hoan Kiem Lake

Besides the colonial feelings, in the narrow, cobbled streets of Hanoi’s old quarter lies Café Pho Co. It has the picturesque views of the Hoan Kiem Lake spread far and wide from its the rooftop floor.

Moreover, Indigenious coffee bring out customers who can brew their own coffee in the coffee machine and then sit outside the shop to enjoy it. Indigenous use some of the best coffee beans grown by local coffee bean farmers.

Finally, on the streets or in the quiet narrow alleys where almond trees spread their wide branches and the fragrance of sua blossoms brushed away the traffic fumes, you can experience the couple of coffee cups far off the bustle life.


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