Coffee was first introduced to the Vietnamese people by Catholic French priests in 1857 and was gradually adopted by the Vietnamese people across the entire country. And because Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, a cup of coffee is the last thing you want to miss when you visit this beautiful country. From the typical coffee drinks like black or iced coffee to one-of-a-kind weasel coffee that can intrigue anyone, egg coffee yet stands out from the others. Well known for its interesting taste and texture, egg coffee has long become the locals’ daily routine.
The start of a symbolic drink
In 1946, a young bartender known as Mr. Giang worked at the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi. Due to the lack of fresh milk in the war, he had to use egg yolks as a substitute to make a cappuccino. As so many people loved the new drink, Mr. Giang started his own coffee shop that was named after himself and it has been popular until now.
The process of an egg coffee
First, a raw egg yolk is vigorously whisked with condensed milk to create a custard-like consistency. Secondly, the concoction is poured on top of some black Vietnamese coffee. Finally, a dash of cacao powder is drizzled over to enhance the flavor.
The Wow factor
Many people think a raw egg yolk would bring an unpleasant smell to the drink, but it doesn’t. Egg coffee comes across any first-time drinker as a delightful, lightly scented beverage. When you try it, the drink slightly tastes like a latte or a cappuccino but drinkers can feel the strong flavor of Vietnamese coffee. Deep in the bitterness lies the creamy, soft and sweet taste of the egg and cream that will comfort anyone. This drink is not only tasty but also eye-catching. The egg foam mixed with coffee creates a beautiful golden color.
Hot or Cold?
The drink can be served hot or cold to please any picky drinkers out there. The cold version appears like a dessert. If chosen hot, the drink is placed inside a bowl of hot water to retain its temperature. This is the best and most popular way to an enjoy such an airy yet rich beverage.
Where to try Egg Coffee?
Though it is not a specialty in Saigon, Egg Coffee can be found in this city:
1, Luu Gia Coffee and Food: 8 Hoa Cuc, Phu Nhuan District
2, The Gu Coffee: 145 D3 street, Binh Thanh District