Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Vietnamese Egg Coffee

The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Brew Time: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
117 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 127mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

To the average Westerner, the thought of a cup of coffee mixed with any bit of egg might sound odd, and possibly unpleasant. But coffee with eggs is not uncommon in other cultures, as adding the protein-packed ingredient to coffee makes a rich and nutritious beverage, ideal for a pick-me-up and a flavorful boost of energy. The Vietnamese take on this treat makes for a dessert coffee, a silky concoction comprised of a sweet eggy foam floating atop of a cup of dark brew. Imagine a tiramisu in beverage form and you will likely get pretty close to the vibe of a good egg coffee. Just a few minutes of work might make you a believer in egg coffee, as its delicious flavor and texture might make your morning coffee look in need of that oomph.

Norwegians and the Swedish have their version, mixing the eggs and shells with the ground coffee and boiling it with water. For the Vietnamese version, "custard coffee” might be more accurate, as this thick, strong, and dark coffee is topped with a sweet, light, and airy foam of egg yolk and condensed milk. The opposing flavors and textures are what make the egg coffee a favorite, so using a strong brew is recommended, as is beating the yolks and condensed milk to an airy foam.

Ingredients

For the Foam:

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Coffee:

  • 60 grams French roast coffee, finely ground

  • 4 1/8 cups water, hot

  • Cocoa powder

Steps to Make It

Make the Eggy Foam

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vietnamese Egg Coffee ingredients

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  2. Combine the egg yolk, condensed milk, and vanilla in the bowl of a standing mixer. Beat with the wire whisker on high for about 10 minutes. The appearance should be similar to a cake batter, not especially frothy.

    Combine the egg yolk, condensed milk, and vanilla in a mixer

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  3. To test for the right consistency, spoon a small amount of the foam on top of a glass of water. If it floats it has the right consistency. If not, whip it for a few more minutes.

    egg foam in a glass of water

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Assemble the Egg Coffee

  1. Brew the coffee according to your preferred method. Reserve about half a cup for later use.

    coffee in cups

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  2. Divide the remaining brewed coffee among four to six cups. If desired, set each cup in a small bowl of hot water to prolong the warmth of the coffee.

    coffee in cups

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  3. Gently spoon some of the whipped egg foam onto the top of each coffee, 1 to 2 tablespoons per cup.

    egg foam and coffee in glasses

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  4. Pour a bit of the reserved coffee through the foam in each cup. Dust with cocoa powder is desired. Serve immediately.

    Vietnamese Egg Coffee

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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

Where Did Egg Coffee Come From?

The first egg coffee was created by a man named Giảng in the 1940s during a shortage of fresh milk, the preferred coffee mixer at the time. Deprivation fired up Giảng’s creativity, and the scrumptious, popular result endures today. Go to Vietnam and you will encounter this rich, caffeinated beverage confection in the bustling urban quarters of Hanoi, where the storied Cafe Giảng makes the one true traditional version.

Strong Coffee Is Key

Traditional Vietnamese coffee drippers have a slow and steady drip, which extracts every last bit of the French roast intensity. The result is almost syrupy. If you do not have a Vietnamese dripper, an espresso shot is your best alternative, although a French press is a good option, too. Regular drip machines yield a watered-down version, less bold and flavorful, but enough if you are not a fan of strong coffee.