If there is one thing for international tourists to remember about Hanoi cuisine, it must be Hanoi egg coffee.
This unique drink has been associated with the capital Hanoi for more than half a century, has gone from a small alley to the big sea, and is popular in many countries around the world.
Hanoi egg coffee is the most suggested dish in articles about Vietnam tourism in international magazines and has also been introduced on CNN.
The history of Hanoi egg coffee
Egg coffee – is one of the oldest coffee brands in Hanoi. Referring to Hanoi egg coffee, one can immediately mention that the father of this unique drink is Nguyen Van Giang.
Previously, he worked as a bartender at the famous Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi. During the resistance war against the French colonialists, milk was an extremely scarce and luxurious food.
To answer the question “Is there any creative way to add flavor to black coffee without using milk”; with those concerns along with his own long-term experience; Mr. Giang worked diligently to develop the first egg coffee in 1946.
After being introduced to regular customers and being warmly received, he decided to quit his job at the hotel and run his own shop with the oldest egg coffee shop in Vietnam called Cafe Giang.
What is the special of Hanoi egg coffee?
The main ingredients that bring Hanoi’s unique egg coffee include fresh eggs, sugar, milk, and coffee. In the past, eggs were beaten by hand with milk and granulated sugar.
Later, to serve the increasing needs of customers, stores gradually switched to using machines.
Coffee is brewed separately, pure according to each recipe to create distinct flavors. After the egg yolk has been beaten just enough, the barista will pour it directly into the still-hot coffee to form a smooth and fragrant foam on top. So we have a quality egg coffee cup.
Each coffee shop will have a few more “secrets” of its own to create its own flavors but still keep the inherent tradition of this drink.
Where to drink the best egg coffee in Hanoi
Address: Alley 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
This is the oldest coffee shop selling the oldest egg coffee. If you want to enjoy a traditional standard egg coffee taste, you should come here.
The shop is located in a small alley, a bit difficult to find, but when you come to Nguyen Huu Huan street and ask for directions, the people here will be happy to show you the way.
The shop is located in the old town area with a bit of old and nostalgic architecture, bringing an interesting experience for tourists.
The shop’s egg coffee has two types: hot egg coffee and iced egg coffee.
Address: 2nd floor, 13 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opened for business in 1990, and operating for more than 30 years now, Dinh Coffee is also one of the oldest coffee shops in Hanoi. The owner of the shop is Ms. Bich – the daughter of Mr. Giang.
Cafe Dinh is located right in the old town area and has a balcony facing Ho Guom. The location of the restaurant has attracted more customers to come here.
The space of the cafe is quite small but has a very simple and rustic architecture from the past. Customers coming to Dinh cafe will often be immersed in Trinh’s music, making the space more nostalgic and profound.
Address: 21 Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Oriberry Xuan Dieu is located in a location with a panoramic view of West Lake through large, light-filled windows.
In addition to the always-favorite machine-made coffee, Oriberry also serves egg coffee made from fresh chicken eggs, with special addition of honey and a little cinnamon.
Egg coffee at Oriberry is the perfect balance of aroma and sweetness, highlighting the pure, rich original coffee flavor.
Loading T Cafe
Address: 8 Chan Cam Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Loading T Café is a cafe dedicated to working people in Hanoi.
The cafe is famous for its beautiful and cozy ancient villa space. With many private and quiet spaces, it is suitable for those who like silence to focus on working.
Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Neo Cafe has a cool space and spacious sidewalks for comfortable parking. Order hot egg coffee or cool egg cream coffee to enjoy watching the street drift and the leaves change color in 4 seasons, feeling like really enjoying an idyllic and lovely Hanoi.
Hanoi egg coffee is a unique and creative cultural feature of Hanoians, which has become famous around the world when foreign guests enjoy and whisper to each other. Your trip to Hanoi seems incomplete if you miss this unique egg coffee.