A distinctive flavor of Hanoi

Ca phe trung (egg coffee) is a special drink from Hanoi in which creamy soft and meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee. It has been recommended by CNN as one of five must-try dishes for foreigners visiting Hanoi. 

“Having had coffee in many places, but the coffee in Hanoi is the most impressive, especially egg coffee. Egg coffee is really a new discovery during the journey to Vietnam,” blogger Jodi Ettenberg once shared on an AFAR travel site.

Located at a small alley on Giang Van Minh street, Yen cafe is arecommended destination for trying egg coffee in Hanoi.

Yen cafe is popular for foreign tourists.

Eggs are carefully selected from prestigious suppliers to ensure the quality and taste of the egg coffee.

Making egg coffee at Yen cafe.

Tasty egg coffee at Yen cafe.

It is not an exaggeration to say that ca phe trung can please the pickiest coffee drinkers, given its special look and taste. The coffee has become one of the most sought-after drinks for visitors to Hanoi. Giang cafe, Dinh cafe and Yen cafe are among the most popular places for foreign visitors to have ca phe trung.

I took my friend from Nha Trang, who insisted on having egg coffee while in Hanoi, to Yen cafe on Giang Van Minh street. The coffee shop was crowded at noon. It offers ca phe trung made from Arabica coffee, which distinguishes Yen from other cafes. At only 40,000 dong (1.7 US dollars), my friend really enjoyed her tasty coffee.

Nguyen Duy Minh, owner of Yen cafe, said that to create a special flavor for ca phe trung, the coffee beans must be heated before mixing it with egg cream to create a harmonious taste.

Places for trying ca phe trung in Hanoi:

Yen cafes at No.11A, Tran Quoc Toan street; No. 184, Quan Thanh street and No. 21, alley 42, Giang Van Minh street.

Giang cafes at No. 39, Nguyen Huu Huan street and No.106, Yen Phu street.

Dinh cafe at No. 13, Dinh Tien Hoang street.

Story: Ngan Ha – Photos: Khanh Long