Cafe Giang 39: Hanoi’s Best Egg Coffee

While researching and reading blogs for my Northern Vietnam itinerary, I came across reading a few blogs about this– egg coffee. It seems it is a must to try for a foodie like me.

That oozing frothiness…

The drink is served in cafes throughout Hanoi, and has been a staple since the 1950s, with one barista describing it as appearing on “every cafe menu”.

As a coffee lover, I did not make any second thoughts to include this in my Foodie list. There are numerous cafe’s in Hanoi already that serves egg coffee, but there’s this one hole in the wall that really stands out! Cafe Giang.

The Giang Café is known for serving the drink, which it makes with chicken egg yolk, coffee powder, condensed milk (cheese optionally). The cup is served inside a bowl of hot water to retain its temperature. The son of the café’s founder claims that his father developed the recipe for the drink when milk was scarce in Vietnam, replacing the dairy product with egg yolk.

Although Cafe Giang have been relocated twice, it did not stop tourist and even locals to come here and unwind.

After much exploring in the Old Quarter, we cinched to rest at Cafe Giang and have a sip at Hanoi infamous egg coffee. I used my offline Google Map to locate the cafe.

Let me tell you a bit about Egg coffee.

An egg coffee (cà phê trứng) is a Vietnamese drink which is traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Robusta coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream,which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks. Egg coffee was described by BuzzFeed as a “liquid tiramisu”.

The place:

This is how the cafe looks like outside

I was thinking that this cafe is huge,modern and fancy like the ones that are popping out the streets of Hanoi. But no, we were actually having quite difficulty locating it since the place is humbly hidden small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in the city’s old quarter. It was a narrow path getting inside the cafe. The lights were a bit dim. It was really a family owned cafe and not really the classy type.

That narrow entrance

It may be difficult to find for visitors, but it is well worth the effort. It continues to be hugely popular among Hanoi’s coffee addicts with its special ca phe trung, or egg coffee. Talk about the literal “hole in the wall”.

The cafe really gives you that traditional Vietnamese vibe which really provide a huge impact for tourist like us.

The cafe felt homey and cozy. This is actually a two Narrow storey cafe,for me it kinda looked like a house turned into a cafe. People who wanted to chill and chat hangs out at the second floor.

The Coffee:

Okay, when you order there Famous Egg Coffee, they will ask you if you want it iced or hot. We ordered both so that we can compare.

Few minutes later, our order came. The Iced Egg Coffee looked very frothy and smooth. The hot egg coffee? oh, it was thick, creamy, and sweet. 😋

Look at that! Yum.😋

As what there website says, the coffee is pretty delicious mixed by the whole materials such as eggs, milk, coffee that you will find them so amazing and unforgettable. The egg flavor is really rich, the coffee flavor are both fragrant and bold. But the most important factor that make Giang Café unique and different from other restaurants is the formula how to measure exactly the fixed amount of eggs and coffee and the way to mix them perfectly that will maximize the egg’s thickness. It was like a creamy caramel with a hint of coffee. Both of them really get the impression of what Buzzfeed call as the “Liquid tiramisu”. It was soooo good.!😋😋

Although there is a list of another drinks, egg coffee can be called as the best one and become best choice for Hanoi’s Street Food list. I could have actually drank few more cups of it but I don’t want to keep myself awake during that night. LOL 😁

Coffee lovers should really try this egg coffee at least once in there life. It was a really good experience.

Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 7:00AM–10:30PM

Telephone: +84 98 989 22 98

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