Discover the Vietnamese egg coffee

An extraordinary taste experience

Coffee is more than just a drink - it is a global passion that manifests itself in countless variations around the world. Whether it's espresso from Italy or Turkish mocha, every place has its own way of celebrating the "black gold". And this is precisely where the magic of coffee lies: despite the same basic ingredients - water and coffee beans - there is an infinite variety of preparation options and flavors.

And there is always something new to discover in the diverse and fascinating world of coffee. Today we are taking you on a trip to Vietnam to get to know a very special coffee specialty - CÀ PHÊ TRỨNG, also known as Vietnamese egg coffee. This drink, which is particularly popular in Hanoi, may seem unusual to European palates at first glance, but it impresses with its unique blend of tradition, creativity and taste.

What you need

  • One organic egg yolk (grade M)
  • Sweetened thick condensed milk
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Cardamom pods
  • Strong Vietnamese filter coffee (alternatively normal strong filter coffee)

Preparation guide

First, mix the egg yolks, condensed milk, milk and sugar in a round beater.

2. whisk this mixture in a hot to boiling water bath until it has a creamy and thick consistency.

Use a food processor (or a hand mixer) to whip the cream for another 5 minutes. This will provide an airy and fluffy texture.

Open the cardamom pods and crush the seeds in a mortar to a fine powder. The cardamom gives the coffee a unique spicy note.

Fill cups or glasses halfway with the egg cream.

Fill it with the hot coffee, but do not stir. This creates a nice layering in the glass.

7. refine the coffee with a little cardamom to taste and serve immediately. Enjoy this extraordinary coffee!

CÀ PHÊ TRỨNG: From emergency solution to national specialty

Vietnam, known for its vibrant culture and rich history, also has a deep connection to coffee. Since the French colonial times in 1857, when the first coffee beans were brought to the country, Vietnam has become one of the largest coffee producers in the world, especially for the powerful Robusta bean.

Coffee is not just a morning ritual in Vietnam, but an integral part of daily life. Whether hot or cold, with condensed milk or coconut milk, coffee is served around the clock on the streets of Vietnam. Everyone can make and enjoy their own coffee, always fresh and full of flavor, thanks to the traditional metal filter placed on each glass.

CÀ PHÊ TRỨNG is clearly a specialty coffee. It was invented during the Indochina War, when condensed milk was in short supply, and has become a national delicacy. The inventor, who came up with the idea of adding egg yolk to condensed milk in 1964, actually became so popular at the time that he was even able to open his own café with his idea.

Nowadays, you can still experience this unique egg coffee tradition on the streets of Hanoi. There is an inconspicuous café at 11P Hang Gai Street, hidden between various souvenir stores. There, an inconspicuous door leads into a cozy courtyard, Café Phố Cổ.

Unusual and yet unusually delicious

Vietnamese egg coffee is a fascinating drink that pushes the boundaries of what we expect from coffee. It is both a beverage and a dessert and offers an exciting flavor combination. Try this recipe and dive into a new coffee experience!