Vietnamese Egg Coffee: How to make it (with recipes)

Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Many people find it weird the first time they hear or see this coffee. And I’m one of them, to be honest. Imagine a coffee with an egg on it. It’s even hard to imagine the taste of it. This coffee is unique from the name to the taste in a very good way.

If you’re interested in Vietnamese Egg Coffee and you want to make it at home, you’re in the right place!

This article will walk you through the process of making Vietnamese egg coffee at home.

Vietnamese egg coffee should be given a try. Despite the weird combination of egg and coffee, it really delivers and worth trying!

So if you’re ready, then let’s dig into it.

What is Vietnamese Egg Coffee?

Obviously, Vietnamese egg coffee originated from Vietnam. It’s a coffee topped with an egg that’s mixed with sweetened condensed milk.

This coffee was first made in 1946 and has become popular among those who like delicious coffee with a rich and smooth filling on top.

It’s sweet, so no sugar is required. And, despite the addition of an egg and condensed milk, the boldness of the coffee is unaffected due to the Robusta coffee used in its recipe.

Vietnamese coffee is originated in Vietnam.

As a result, the sweetness and boldness of the two ingredients complement each other perfectly, yielding a perfect cup of dessert and coffee at the same time.

You can think of this drink as similar to a Dalgona coffee or frappe. So if you like those kinds of drinks, then you’ll definitely love Vietnamese egg coffee too.

If you’re planning a vacation in Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss the chance to try this Vietnamese coffee. It’s worth it!

Now that we know what Vietnamese egg coffee is, let’s talk about the recipe and ingredients needed to make this coffee, even if you’re at home.

Vietnamese egg coffee recipe

The Vietnamese egg coffee recipe is not complex. In fact, it might be just around your kitchen. The recipes for this egg coffee are also inexpensive. So if you want to replicate this coffee at home, you can easily acquire the ingredients needed.

Vietnamese egg coffee only has 3 major recipes that are needed when you're making it. These ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find even just in your kitchen. 

Here are the recipes for Vietnamese egg coffee:

  1. Robusta coffee – Robusta coffee is a strong coffee with an earthy and a little harsh flavor. This coffee is commonly used in this recipe because it’s widely cultivated in Vietnam. Additionally, it’s strong enough which is required to make an egg coffee. 
  2. Egg yolks – Egg yolks are the highlight of this coffee, so they should not be out of place. However, you wouldn’t want to get all the eggs, including the white. The egg yolks should be separated from the white because that’s only what we need for this coffee.
  3. Sweetened condensed milk – Sweetened condensed milk adds sweetness and creaminess to egg coffee. It also helps offset the intense bitterness of the Robusta coffee so it should always be present.

Those are the 3 ingredients needed to make the unique Vietnamese egg coffee. If you have these things at home, you can start making them. But how should you do that? What should you do first?

It’s a good thing you’re in the right place ‘coz we will also help you answer those questions.

How to make Vietnamese drip coffee

Vietnamese drip coffee is the most commonly used in making this egg coffee. 

In making egg coffee, the first thing you need to do is to make a coffee. To make a Vietnamese drip coffee, you should have a Vietnamese coffee dripper.

Vietnamese drip coffee is the most commonly used in making this egg coffee.

A Vietnamese coffee dripper, also known as a Phin filter, is a stainless steel coffee brewer that doesn’t require any paper filter and can be used for as long as you have it. You can compare this brewer to a pour-over coffee brewer.

It’s popular in Vietnam because it’s one of the most well-known pieces of equipment used to brew coffee there. Furthermore, it produces a rich and flavorful coffee, making it an excellent brewer to use. It is divided into 4 parts.

  • The cap, the pressing plate used to press the coffee grounds
  • The pot body (the entire body that holds the coffee grounds and water)
  • The dense filter that looks like a plate

As previously stated, it’s not required to use a coffee dripper to make coffee. You can use either a Moka pot or a French press.

However, if you want to make this egg coffee precisely as written, you’ll need to know how to use a Vietnamese coffee dripper. You may have even purchased one specifically for this purpose.

To help you with that, here’s a quick tutorial on how to make Vietnamese drip coffee using a Vietnamese coffee dripper.

How To Make Vietnamese Drip Coffee

  1. Remove the cup and the pressing plate.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons (10-15 grams) of medium coarse, dark roast ground coffee to it. Make sure to spread it evenly.
  3. Place the pressing plate and screw it a little to make sure that the coffee is evenly distributed.
  4. Boil 6-8 ounces (177-236 ml) of water around 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit (90-96 degree Celsius).
  5. Pour a little amount of water first, enough to wet all of the coffee grounds, and wait for 30 seconds. This is important to let the coffee grounds bloom first.
  6. Once it’s bloomed, you can now add 6-8 ounces of water (you can adjust it depending on your preference). Just leave it there and wait for it to finish dripping.
Pour a little amount of water first, enough to wet all of the coffee grounds, and wait for 30 seconds

That’s it! You now have your Vietnamese drip coffee. You can drink this coffee right after it’s done dripping, or you can also put the egg mixture to create an egg coffee. Whatever you choose, you’ll surely enjoy coffee made with this brewer.

To read more about this, you can check out our article about making Vietnamese drip coffee. 

How to Make Vietnamese Egg Coffee?

Vietnamese egg coffee is also very easy to make. You don't have to have any expertise in brewing coffee just to make this.

Since we already know what ingredients we need to make this Vietnamese coffee, let’s now talk about the process of making this.

Aside from the ingredients, the equipment used to make this Vietnamese coffee also plays an important role. This coffee was originally made with a Vietnamese coffee dripper.

As previously stated, it’s not required to use a coffee dripper to make coffee. You can use either a Moka pot or a French press.

If you don’t have a Vietnamese coffee dripper, you can use a Moka pot or other materials as long as the coffee is strong and concentrated.

Here’s how you make it:

  • After making a Vietnamese drip coffee, which we already discussed above, leave it and let it drip for 4-5 minutes or until it is finished. While waiting for it, you can now start separating your egg yolks from the egg whites, so you can move faster. 
  • To separate the egg yolk from the egg white, you can use a strainer, a spoon, or a shell-to-shell method. Whatever you do, just make sure not to break it, and separate it perfectly.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk into the egg yolk then start whisking it until the color lights up.
  • Then go get the coffee you made earlier. Put it in the mug (if it wasn’t already in one), and then pour the egg mixture on top of it. You can use a spoon to catch the egg mixture, making sure it won’t go under.

The last step, well, not actually part of the steps but a crucial one. Enjoy your coffee! 

That’s it! As easy as that. What’s good about this coffee is that it can also be served as a dessert because of its sweetness.

Vietnamese egg coffee taste

We previously talked about the taste of this coffee; let’s go into detail.

Some people believe that the flavor of this coffee would be ridiculous. Who could have imagined the flavor of coffee with egg yolks on top? Let us dispel that notion for those who have yet to experience it.

Vietnamese egg coffee is delicious. The brewed coffee made with Robusta beans gives it a really strong and bitter flavor which works really well with the egg yolk and sweetened condensed milk mixture on top.

This Vietnamese coffee is really decadent, soft, rich, foamy, sweet, and strong. 

That gives it a soft, foamy, and rich texture. The condensed milk gives it a sweet and milky flavor.

Overall, Vietnamese egg coffee is amazingly delicious and decadent. The looks are also beautiful.

So if that description sounds like the coffee you like, then you should definitely try this egg coffee! It’ll surely give you the best coffee experience.

Why do you add eggs to coffee?

Eggs in the coffee actually help to give your brew more clarity. Not only does it improve the overall taste of your coffee, but it also adds nutritional value to it. We all know how healthy the egg is, right?

Egg yolk, when add in coffee gives more clarity and add nutritional values.

In addition to that, it also gives a smooth, foamy, and rich texture to coffee which is very addicting and upgrades your coffee drinking experience.

Those who haven’t tried drinking an egg coffee should try it and see the authentic taste of the coffee when with an egg.

What kind of coffee is best for making egg coffee?

As we already discussed above, the most common coffee used in Vietnamese egg coffee is Robusta coffee. That will work best for your egg coffee.

However, if you don’t have a Robusta coffee ready for this, you can also use espresso or even instant coffee.

If you want to follow the exact process and exact egg coffee recipe needed to make this Vietnamese coffee, you should use Robusta coffee.

As long as it has a bold and bitter flavor, it will surely work as an alternative for Robusta. However, if you can go to a market quickly, we suggest that you use the Robusta for a better experience. You can also check out on Amazon beforehand, so you have something to use when you’re ready to make one.

The history of Vietnamese egg coffee

The most common thing to combine into a coffee is milk. This is to add creaminess to a coffee and light it up a little.

However, during the French war in 1946, there was a milk shortage in Hanoi. Milk became hard to come by in Vietnam.

The absence of milk makes the bartender at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel named, Nguyen Van Giang find an alternative to it that can be put in the coffee.

Nguyen Van Giang (right) & his wife.

That’s when he came up with an egg coffee. The egg yolks mixed with sweetened condensed milk became successful due to their pleasant tastes that deliver not only a coffee but also a dessert.

After the success of this drink, the maker left his work as a bartender in a hotel and established his own business named Cafe Giang to sell the original egg coffee.

Nguyen Van Giang's family in front of Cafe Giang, Hanoi

This helped to broaden the market for this coffee, and it grew in popularity over time. Many people began to replicate this coffee at home. Some even put it in their coffee shop menus.

Up until now, the legacy of this egg coffee still continues not just in Vietnam but around the world.

Is egg coffee safe to drink?

Egg coffee is safe to drink!

Egg coffee is safe to drink!

Yes. Egg coffee is safe to drink even though it uses raw egg yolk to be made. The heat coming from the coffee is enough to kill any bacteria it contains, so you can rest assured that it’s safe to drink.

How do you drink Vietnamese eggs and coffee?

Tim is drinking Vietnamese coffee at Cafe Giang, Hanoi, Vietnam

Drinking any sort of coffee doesn’t require any specific process. There’s no right or wrong way of drinking Vietnamese egg coffee as well.

Drink the way you used to!

Some people drink it by letting the egg cream sit on top, while others like mixing it well with the coffee at the bottom before drinking it. Whichever process you choose, as long as you enjoy drinking it, there’s nothing wrong.

How does Vietnamese Egg Coffee taste?

It’s surprisingly delicious! Vietnamese egg coffee is decadent, bold, and sweet at the same time. It’s also foamy, rich, and creamy with a great mouthfeel. So if you’re excited to taste this coffee, you can know it by following the steps mentioned above.

Can a Vietnamese egg coffee be cold?

Yes, if you prefer an iced Vietnamese egg coffee. We have our own preferences when it comes to coffee, as we always say, so it’s really up to you whether you like it hot or iced.

If you want to make the iced Vietnamese egg coffee, simply follow the same instructions as for the regular coffee.

Now, if you want to make iced Vietnamese egg coffee, simply follow the same instructions as for the regular coffee. The only difference is that you must pour it into the mug with ice.

When it comes to the egg yolk and condensed milk, just add them after. You don’t have to cool it.

Then that’s it! You can now enjoy your iced Vietnamese egg coffee. 


Overall, Vietnamese egg coffee is straightforward to make. As long as you have the right ingredients needed to make this coffee which is very inexpensive and easy to find even at your home, you can make this anytime.

Vietnamese egg coffee

I hope this article was able to help you make Vietnamese egg coffee that you and your friends and family can enjoy in the comfort of your home. Thank you for reading, and happy brewing!


What is Hanoi egg coffee?

Vietnamese egg coffee

The Hanoi egg coffee is just another term for Vietnamese egg coffee. It’s also called Hanoi egg coffee because it specifically originated in Hanoi, Vietnam. You can use these terms interchangeably without any worry of being mistaken.

How many calories are in a Vietnamese egg and coffee?

A standard Vietnamese egg coffee usually contains about 200 calories per serving. This can be adjusted depending on how big your cup is. So keep in mind this calorie content, especially if you’re on a diet or you’re strict with your calorie intake.

Can you mix egg and coffee?

Yes. You can mix egg with coffee which is commonly known as egg coffee.

Are eggs and coffee good?

Yes. Many people like the taste of it. Many adore it and keep coming back for it. However, each of us has a different preference when it comes to what’s good and what’s not. Hence, we recommend that you try the egg coffee to see if it is to your liking.

Where is egg coffee a local specialty?

Vietnam. Egg coffee was first created in 1946 during the milk shortage in Hanoi. Since then it has become popular among those who like delicious coffee with a rich and smooth filling on top.

Coffee Geek Team in front of Cafe Giang, Hanoi, Vietnam

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