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Egg coffee – Signature coffee that you must try when coming to Hanoi

by Chloe

In the list of drinks that make up the image of Hanoi. Egg coffee appears in many parts of the capital, but not every cup of egg coffee in any coffee shop can prepare typical flavors.

Egg coffee was invented in the 1940s when there was scarcity of milk in the city, prompting a bartender to use a replacement. The alternative, whisked egg yolk, turned the coffee into one of the most renowned drinks in the country.

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While a standard cup of the drink will have a thick, yellow layer of whisked egg on top of a layer of strong black coffee, it has been spiced up by some variety in the process of making it as well as the addition of new ingredients.

Giang Coffee

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This small corner has probably become very familiar to those who are “addicted” to egg coffee. Giang Coffee is one of the “four pillars of coffee” in Hanoi: Nhan, Nhi, Di, Giang. Different from the other 3 shops, Giang Coffee has its own unique drink and it was the first place in Hanoi to make egg coffee. Because old man – Mr. Giang made egg coffee from cappuccino, based on the daily recipe he still worked as a bartender at the Metrophole hotel.

Egg coffee in Giang is not mixed with any rows just only strong coffee with egg yolk flavor, and sweet cream. All things make hot, fragrant egg coffee cups that are captivating to all customers. Giang Coffee has a lot of effort when making this drink become a famous drink in this land.

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In addition to the traditional egg coffee, Giang also has an egg cocoa which is made from whipped eggs, a layer of cocoa powder is placed above the egg cup. Those who have sweet tooth will definitely love this drink more than egg coffee. Each cup of coffee or egg cocoa in Giang costs about 30,000 VND / cup. The shop currently has 2 branches, Giang coffee at 109 Yen Phu and Giang coffee at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan.

Dinh Coffee

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Dinh Coffee was born a long time later than Giang coffee. But equally famous for its rich, flavorful egg coffee drink. Above all, it is located in a prime location in the heart of the capital. Dinh is located on the second floor of an old French mansion tinged with time, the area is quite small and ancient space.

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The owner of Dinh coffee shop, Ms. Bich, is the daughter of  Mr. Giang. Therefore, the egg coffee flavor here still retains the features created by Mr. Giang. The egg coffee at Dinh is not placed in a bowl of hot water like the way it is in Giang coffee, it just only a tiny cup that fits the palm of your hand.

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Dinh coffee also has egg cocoa, however, the taste is a little sweeter than in Giang coffee, but the eggs are very fragrant, softly whipped and blended with sweet cocoa. In the early summer days, sitting at Dinh listening to old Trinh songs, watching the hustle and changing streets, enjoying a cup of egg coffee is an elegant pleasure for nostalgic people who love old things. An egg coffee cup in Dinh ranges from 17,000-20,000 VND.

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In 3 famous egg cafes in Hanoi, the egg coffee shop at the Old Quarter Coffee shop appeared last. Visitors not only love the fragrant hot egg coffee cups here, but also are impressed by the nostalgic, quiet atmosphere of the restaurant.

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When coming to this coffee shop, you are often recommended to take coffee first. The drink layout here is simple, whipped eggs and coffee in glass cups, but the taste is what impresses all diners. Drinks at Old Quarter Coffee are priced from 30,000-60,000 VND depending on type.

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Loading T is also a place with delicious egg coffee in Hanoi. The shop once appeared next to familiar shops such as Giang and Dinh in an introduction video about Hanoi egg coffee by CNN. The cafe is impressed by the antiquity of the old French villa space.

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The egg coffee here is loved by many foreign tourists because of its eye-catching decoration and delicious taste. Especially for those who love the taste of ancient cuisine and love French architecture in Hanoi in the 30s of the last century, Loading T is the first choice. The price of drinks in Loading T ranges from 30,000-50,000 VND depending on type.

Lam cafe

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Located at 91 Nguyen Huu Huan Street of Hoan Kiem District, famous for the number of cafes it has spawned, Café Lam has acquired some fame for its egg coffee. It is here that customers can enjoy the special smoky fragrance of roasted coffee in the drink. The eggs are whisked at high speed in the mixer to make sure it’s fluffy and creamy.

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A cup of egg coffee costs VND20,000 ($0.87) to VND25,000. The shop has a nostalgic feel to it, with many paintings on the wall. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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