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Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

Have you ever had egg in your coffee? That's just insane ... or ingenious? If you are having coffee in the morning, why not slurp down breakfast as well? Vietnamese Egg coffee, or Ca Phe Trung or Cafe Trung, is a Northern Vietnamese drink. I’m from South Vietnam where egg coffee is not prevalent as the North. In fact, I never heard of such a drink until I saw a documentary on Hanoi. I immediately tossed down the remote, leaped off the couch and ransacked the kitchen for three simple ingredients: Coffee, condensed milk and egg.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung or Cafe Trung)

Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung or Cafe Trung)

This drink is similar to the cappuccino. You have it hot and instead of milk foam, you have egg foam. The egg yolk is whipped together with condensed milk until light and frothy. The frothy mixture is then added to brewed coffee.

Who would have thought to add egg to coffee?! The drink is rich, creamy, and … breakfast. Those crazy Northern Vietnamese. You got to love them.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung) Recipe

Serves 1 (makes about 1 cup of coffee)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4 tablespoons coffee ground
  • 1 egg yolk (If you are worried about raw eggs, use pasteurized eggs instead)
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (kiss your diet goodbye!)
Vietnamese Single-Cup Coffee Filter

Instructions

  1. Using a Vietnamese single-cup coffee filter called a Phin, brew your favorite brand of coffee and set aside.
  2. Whip the egg yolk with condensed milk until you get a frothy and fluffy mixture.
  3. Slowly pour the frothy mixture on top of your brewed coffee. 

If you want to make coffee the Vietnamese way, use the Phin for brewing. The phin is a single-serving  coffee filter that sits on top of a cup. You can purchase the phin on Amazon.

How to Brew Coffee Using a Vietnamese Phin

  1. Add the Vietnamese coffee filter on top of a cup. There's a wide circular base that goes directly on top of the cup. Then the cylindrical well goes on top of that. 
  2. Add the ground coffee.
  3. Insert the pressed (the piece with the vertical handle) on top of the coffee grounds. Make sure to pack down the grounds.
  4. Add hot water inside the well, filing it up to the top. If you don't have enough room to add all the water required in a recipe, wait a few seconds for some of the water to run through the well. Then add the rest of the water.
  5. Put the the lid on the filter.
  6. Once the well is empty, remove the filter. Coffee is ready.