We know what you’re probably thinking, egg + coffee = disgusting, but hear us out. The Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe is actually highly popular across Asia and is now starting to gain some attention around other parts of the world.
There are some crazy combinations out there when it comes to coffee, some with very acquired tastes, but you can’t knock it till you’ve tried it! So let’s have a look at how to make a Vietnamese Egg Coffee!
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What is Vietnamese Egg Coffee?
Egg coffee, known locally in Vietnam as cà phê trứng (egg coffee) is a traditional Vietnamese drink. It is made by beating egg yolks and condensed milk together until it becomes fluffy, foamy, and creamy. The mixture is then topped off with the foamy mixture.
Does Vietnamese Coffee Have Eggs?
No, Vietnamese coffee in general does not have eggs. If you specifically order or make a Vietnamese Egg Coffee, then yes it will contain eggs. Otherwise, you will find regular coffees with milk, just like you would anywhere else.
Vietnamese Egg Coffee History
The tradition of egg coffee started in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1940 when a Vietnamese barista, Nguyen Van Giang, made an amazing breakthrough in response to a milk shortage due to the French War (First Indochina War).
During the war, Giang was working as a bartender at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel and he had to find a milk alternative cause of the shortage. Giang whipped enough eggs in order to make a great milk substitute. He then topped off the coffee with the whipped egg he made, served it to his customers, and the rest is history.
Giang’s signature foamy coffee drink became a hit that he decided to leave his bartending job at Metropole and opened up his first business, Café Giang.
With the success of his business and his signature drink, Giang’s family-run coffee shop grew from just one branch to now four in Hanoi. His three sons and a daughter helped him carry on his brainchild.
Several baristas attempted to copy Giang’s egg coffee but all their efforts were in vain.
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How to Make a Vietnamese Egg Coffee
This egg coffee recipe is a Vietnamese specialty that is made with eggs, condensed milk, and coffee. It is a delicious drink that is served in the morning to give you a boost of energy or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Vietnamese Egg Coffee
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Glass
- 1 Spoon
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Shot Espresso
- 1 Sprinkle Cocoa Powder
- In a container, beat the egg yolks, condensed milk, and vanilla extract for about 10 minutes or until you get a fluffy, creamy, and foamy mixture.
- Before pouring the mixture into the coffee, you need to test it out first. Take a small amount of the foam and place it on top of a cup of water. If it doesn’t float, that means you need to whip it a bit more until it’s ready.
- Prepare your espresso, and spoon some of the whipped mixtures on top of the coffee.
- Top it off with some cocoa powder.
- Voila! Your very own Vietnamese Egg Coffee, enjoy!
If you happen to be in Hanoi and want to try the ORIGINAL egg coffee from Vietnam, make sure to visit Café Giang in these locations: 109 Yen Phu, 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, and 13 Dinh Tien Hoang.
The Final Sip
There you have it, that’s the Vietnamese Egg Coffee recipe for you to try at home. Whilst it might not be a coffee you make every day, it’s nice to enjoy as a sweet treat every now and then.