1,000 eggs are beaten every morning to serve the vistors (Source: AFP)
Owner Nguyen Chi Hoa said his father Nguyen Van Giang created the drink in 1946 while working as a bar tender at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi. A milk shortage then forced Giang to cast around for alternatives and he settled on eggs. That is how Vietnamese egg coffee was born.
Hoa, the youngest son of the family, is also the first one to follow his father’s path. Time passes by, he has enrichened the old menu with several new creations.
According to the AFP, one menu item at Giang Cafe is ice-cold beer topped with creamy egg yolks whipped with sugar and a touch of butter to boost richness.
He didn’t stop at coffee and beer, and he also offers frothy egg drinks made with rum, matcha, chocolate and even Coca-Cola.
To keep up with demand for his whipped delights, his daughter cracks 1,000 eggs every morning to be beaten by machine throughout the day.
“I started to make cocoa eggs and white bean eggs in 1999. And then in 2010, after welcoming so many foreign customers and also travelling a lot, I realised that rum and beer can be great complements to egg,” Hoa recalled.
“I made egg beer just for myself. … I thought it was good, so I decided to give it a try to see if anyone agreed,” he said in his packed terra cotta-tiled cafe.
The creamy beer concoction wasn’t such a dramatic departure from his most popular menu item: Vietnamese coffee topped with sweetened egg froth, now enjoyed in cafes across Hanoi among locals and tourists alike.
The hot egg coffee, often served on a dish of hot water to maintain its temperature, is characterised by its thick texture and creamy taste.
Earlier, many famous news agencies, also praised the Vietnamese drink.
“Coffee and…egg, together? Yes it may sound strange but it certainly forms a must-try drink in Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi nowadays,” according to Xinhua.
Giang Café is one of the oldest coffee shops in Hanoi and has been a favourite for both local and international visitors.
Egg coffee, is among the food and drink items served to at least 3,500 local and international journalists who covered the second Trump-Kim summit in February in Vietnam./.