Egg coffee
Egg coffee in Hanoi

An egg coffee (Vietnamese: Cà phê trứng)[1] is a Vietnamese drink traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and robusta coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and condensed milk, then extracting the coffee into the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream, or egg yolks which are heated and beaten, or whisked.[2]

The drink is served in cafes throughout Vietnam, originating in Hanoi.[3][4] The Giang Café Archived 2022-07-04 at the Wayback Machine (Vietnamese: Cà Phê Giảng) in Hanoi is known for serving the drink, which it makes with egg yolk, coffee powder, condensed milk, and, optionally, cheese. The cup is sometimes served inside a bowl of hot water or set upon a small candle to retain its temperature. The son of the café's founder Nguyen Giang claims that his father developed the recipe for the drink when milk was scarce in Vietnam in the late 1940s, replacing milk with egg yolk.[5][6][7]

Ingredients and preparation

Ingredients for making coffee include fresh chicken eggs, sugar, milk, and coffee. The egg yolks are hand-whipped with milk and sugar, and then boiled. Hot or iced coffee is poured into the beaten eggs, which will form an aromatic foam. A teaspoon is provided in order to eat the foam before drinking the coffee at the bottom.

Egg coffee is served in a small cup. To keep the drink warm, the waiter puts a cup of coffee in a bowl of warm water. After being poured over the cream made from eggs, the coffee at the bottom of the cup acquires a richer taste. In the past, eggs were hand beaten, so it took time and the foam of the eggs could not be achieved. Now, after the eggs have been smoothed with the machine, hot or iced coffee is added, together with cocoa eggs, egg white beans and matcha (tea powder) eggs. It can be served either hot or iced.

Non-Vietnamese "egg coffees"

There are other, different, recipes for coffee containing egg.[8]


See also


  1. ^ "Hanoi street food tour: grazing, Vietnamese style". 7 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ "Egg coffee makes world top 10 best drink list". The Voice of Vietnam. 4 November 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  3. ^ House, Alana. "The world's weirdest coffee experiences".
  4. ^ NPD Khanh & filed under Features (7 December 2014). "Egg Them On". ©Oi Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  5. ^ "In Hanoi, an Adventure for Coffee Lovers". Wall Street Journal. 13 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-12-08. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Hanoi's Coffee Habit". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  7. ^ Steiner, Sophie (2022-03-08). "Vietnamese Coffee & Dessert Culture Focus at Pho To Shop Xuhui". That's Magazine. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  8. ^ Jovana D (n.d.). "5 Egg Coffee Recipes [Tastes 100x Better Than it Sounds]". Home Grounds. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Swedish egg coffee" är tydligen en grej i USA". (in Swedish). 2021-03-08. Retrieved 2023-06-12.