BY: NADIA ZAIDI
It’s not every day that you wake up with a craving for egg coffee. Yes – you read that correct: egg coffee.
And with cheese, too.
At Cafe Giang in Hanoi, Vietnam, owner Tri Hoa Nguyen is serving his father’s bizarre coffee creations, which attract large local and foreign customers.
Egg coffee, known as cà phê trứng, is made by whisking an egg into steaming coffee, along with some butter and cheese.
Nguyen’s father invented the coffee in 1946 during the French war in Vietnam when there was a shortage of condensed milk. The egg served as an indulgent substitute.
But it wasn’t until the 1980s when the coffee gained popularity. It took plenty of trial-and-error to ensure the coffee wasn’t overwhelmed with eggy flavour.
Today, the cafe is a modest shop located in the city’s old quarter and continues to be a local staple.