Where to try Cà phê trứng (egg coffee) in Vietnam || Vietnam specialty coffee guide
In Vietnam I failed to find many specialty coffee stores but that is not to say that the coffee in Vietnam is not special. Quite the opposite — in fact Vietnam has its very own style of coffee called Cà phê trứng or in English “egg coffee”.
This delicious morsel is the result of hardship faced during the French War. When there was a shortage of milk the crafty Vietnamese people replaced it with creamy egg yolks.
Now, I know what you’re thinking; “Egg yolks in coffee? BLERGH!” but seriously, don’t knock it till you try it! To get my hands on this tasty treat I went to a cafe close to where I was staying; that boasts some of the best egg coffee in Hanoi.
LOADING T CAFE
2nd Floor,, 8 Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Situated on the second floor of a grand French style building is Loading cafe. To get to this cafe walk up the staircase on either side of the front landing and you will find a small hallway to the left. Follow the sign to an unassuming door and open it. You will find yourself in an overly decorated french style sunroom.
Take a seat and the owner will bring you a menu. Although it will be in Vietnamese, the only thing you really need to know is Cà phê trứng. However, if egg coffee isn’t your jam I would highly recommend the coconut coffee shake. It’s perfect for a hot Hanoi day.
Best sure to wait a little while for your Cà phê trứng to cool down slightly. You can take a few spoonfuls of the creamy egg fluff but the coffee just below the surface will be scorching hot.
Now, mix the two layers together to create a balanced flavour. Enjoy! Alternatively you can enjoy a cold egg coffee here as well. I personally liked this version better because you didn’t have to mix the egg in (and it came with a lot more!).
As you make your way through Vietnam you may notice that coffee is enjoyed at all hours of the day and night. Infact, during my stay in Nha Trang with a friend I was often asked out to have a coffee late at night.
Now I love coffee, but if you have ever had a Vietnamese coffee you will know that it most certainly kicks your ass and is not something to have just before bed (well for me anyway). If you’re hankering for a coffee late at night then Vietnam is the place to be.