The one and only original Vietnamese Egg Coffee at Cafe Giang, Hanoi
This is a hidden gems in Old Quarter of Hanoi. It's worth your effort to seeks out this coffee shop, as this is the place where egg coffee was born! At Cafe Giang, you can find the original taste of egg coffee which was invented by Mr. Nguyen Giang in 1946, when he was working as a bartender in a five-star hotel. The inspiration to create this recipe came when Vietnam had a scarcity of milk. Instead, he use egg yolk to replace the milk. I have been trying egg coffee from many, many shops in Hanoi, and I'm so glad to find the original egg coffee at Cafe Giang !
We ordered two different drinks to try: egg with coffee and egg with chocolate. The egg drinks were served in layers with a few cubes of ice. You have to stir and mix it up until the ice has melted and chilled your drink.Then enjoy your smooth delicious egg coffee or egg chocolate. The creamy and buttery taste of this egg coffee, reminds me of a milkshake or melting ice cream. There is no smell of egg at all.
Cafe Giang has a wide variety of menu items that you can choose to order. There are other drinks that I am really interested in trying next time, like egg with cinnamon, egg with matcha, and egg with beer or rum (???). It's a nice cafe that conserves the old-fashioned feel of a local Vietnamese coffee shop with tiny stools and plain decor. The cafe doesn't need to be fancy when it is so famous for its drinks!
They have 2 floors. It was pretty crowded when we visited. After all, it's so popular! I'm so grateful that he found a way to replace milk with yolk - Vietnam got a new specialty for all of us to try!
Cafe Giang can be a little hard to find if you don't know where to look. It's tucked away in a tiny alley between two tall tube houses. Just enter the alley and keep walking. You'll walk right into the first floor of the cafe!