CNN reporter went to the small coffee shop on Nguyen Huu Huan street to hear the story of how the Vietnamese egg coffee was created, a special kind of drink that every visitors want to taste when coming to Hanoi.
There are different styles of coffee shops ranging from sidewalks to luxury ones in Vietnam, but most of visitors come to Giang coffee shop – a modest cafe in Hanoi, always want to get a cup of special drink that is Vietnamese egg coffee. Vietnamese egg coffee is regarded as a specialty of Hanoi that made from eggs and blended with Vietnamese coffee.
Although many other places in the capital of Vietnam serve this kind of drink, Cafe Giang is really the place where it was created, according to CNN. In addition, CNN also suggests some other Vietnamese egg coffee shops such as Đinh, Loading T, Leu coffee …
Vietnamese egg coffee is contained in a small cup. You always have a teaspoon to enjoy the cream above as an “appetizer” before drinking coffee below.
To keep the Vietnamese egg coffee warm, waiters place your cup in a bowl of warm water. After being poured over the cream from the egg, the taste of coffee at the bottom of the cup is more strong.
Located on Nguyen Huu Huan Street, the cafe has two floors and the corner of stairs is the place where the owner Nguyen Van Dao keeps records and manages the staffs. There is a small kitchen with whiskers and other utensils behind the stairs.
Mr. Dao said his father was Nguyen Van Giang, who created the Vietnamese egg coffee when he worked as a bartender at the Metropole Hotel in 1946. At that time, due to lack of fresh milk, he took eggs instead. “All foreigners or Vietnamese at the hotel are really into this kind of drink. So he decided to leave the hotel to start selling Vietnamese egg coffee with his own brand. “
When revealing the raw materials for making the Vietnamese egg coffee, Mr. Dao pointed his finger and smiled: “Eggs, condensed milk, coffee powder, butter … but I can not tell it all because this is an esoteric formula.”
Mark Lowerson, who runs Street Eats Hanoi, brings visitors from all over the world to explore the cuisine, offering many compliments to the Vietnamese egg coffee. “Most of our visitors like this special drink. When I describe it, they can not imagine how the egg can be mixed with coffee. I have not seen anyone dislike this coffee so far. Almost all the visitors want to go back to Hanoi to enjoy it every day. Even people who do not drink coffee are surprised by the amazing flavor of Vietnamese egg coffee. “
Mr. Nguyen Van Dao said: “I am very happy and honored to have many visitors come to my coffee shop to give the Vietnamese egg coffee a try. The difference in the formulation has turned the Vietnamese egg coffee into a drink that anyone traveling to Hanoi has to try. Many other cafes try to imitate us but the taste can not be the same. “
Currently, there are two branches of Cafe Giang on Nguyen Huu Huan Street and Yen Phu Street.
– 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
– 106 Yen Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Opening hours: 7:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Rum egg: 40.000 vnd (2 usd)
Cacao egg: 20.000 vnd (1 usd)
Iced Vietnamese egg coffee: 20.000 vnd (1 usd)
Cocoa egg and egg coffee: 20.000 vnd (1 usd)
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