This is the coffee that changed my life, and it’s about to change yours, too.

Yes, that’s a huge statement. No, I am not exaggerating. Y’all know how to make cold brew coffee and a latte at home, and now it’s time to really step up your coffee game.

Coffee in cup with egg custard on top next to spoon.

A few summers ago I traveled around Southeast Asia with a dear friend and we found ourselves wandering the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, seeing sign after sign for Cà Phê Trứng, next to the translated words “egg coffee!”.

Similar to what you might be thinking right now, the thought of egg and coffee together seemed peculiar. I couldn’t quite picture it, but we finally figured it was time to see what this egg coffee was all about. When in Rome, or, well, Vietnam… right?

So we walked into an unassuming coffee shop for our morning dose of caffeine. “Two egg coffees, and two baguettes, please” later and we ordered the most epic breakfast ever.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee in Vietnam with a baguette | Fork in the Kitchen

The first sip of our coffee was like nothing else we’d ever had before. The level of luxuriousness, the creaminess, the flavor, ALL OF IT was incredible. 

That morning in Hanoi, we learned that you are to stir the coffee into the rich, silky, frothy, creamy egg topping, so we did, and proceeded to enjoy this rich, decadent dessert-like coffee. Ready to order another as we took in the sights and sounds of Hanoi, and kicking ourselves that we hadn’t gotten one sooner.

Upon returning home, I knew I had to try to recreate Vietnamese Egg Coffee. We couldn’t stop talking about it. Its indulgent luxuriousness is unwavering. While I don’t think anything will ever compare to actually having a cup on the streets of Hanoi, I did my best to recreate this magical drink.

What is Egg Coffee?

There are many forms of egg coffee around the world, Italians have a similar custard-like coffee, and there’s Swedish egg coffee, made when coffee is brewed with an egg.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee, Cà Phê Trứng, is a custardy dessert-like coffee made with strongly brewed Vietnamese coffee topped with a sweet, rich yet light, silky foam mixture made from sweetened condensed milk and egg yolk.  It can almost be described as tiramisu in a mug.

Vietnamese egg coffee in bowl of water.

The History

The Giang Cafe in Hanoi is where this beverage is known to originate. It’s said that Nguyen Giang developed the recipe for this egg coffee when milk was scarce in Vietnam in the 1940s due to the French War. So, he cleverly thought of the other breakfast staples and replaced the cream with an egg yolk.

3 Simple Ingredients

There are just three simple ingredients needed to make this incredible Vietnamese egg coffee.

Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is stronger and more bitter than regularly brewed coffee. It’s rich and flavorful, typically brewed through a special filter resulting in its strong flavor. 

If you’re not using traditionally brewed Vietnamese coffee, look for a strong brewed dark roast coffee or espresso. This beverage requires a hearty strong cup of coffee to balance out the sweet, creamy topping.

Other ways to make strong or espresso-like coffee include a French Press or AeroPress.

Ground coffee in Phin.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk is a staple added to traditionally brewed Vietnamese coffee. The creamy sweetness balances out the rich, strong coffee. 

Egg Yolks

Let’s clarify: yes, there are raw eggs in this recipe. And raw or partially cooked egg has the potential to pose a risk for foodborne illness. To feel more confident using raw eggs in recipes, be sure you are using pasteurized eggs.

Pasteurized eggs have been gently heated in their shells just enough to cook off potentially harmful bacteria, making them safe enough to use in recipes with raw or only partially cooked eggs.

How to Make Vietnamese Egg Coffee

The first step is to brew strong coffee – Vietnamese coffee would be best of course.

Water pouring into coffee phin over glass.

Use a Vietnamese Coffee Phin to brew a true cup of Vietnamese coffee. These filters are reasonably priced on Amazon and really easy to use – plus they don’t require any paper so there’s no waste!

For a single serving made with a phin, add 2 tablespoons of fine coffee grounds (think: espresso) and place the flat filter press on top. Put the entire phin on top of your mug, and begin slowly pouring about 1 ounce of 205°F water over the top. Stop and let the coffee bloom (open up), then continue pouring water until the phin is filled, 4 ounces in total. Allow it to drip through completely into the mug.

If you don’t have a phin, brew a super-strong cup of coffee or espresso (more at-home ideas for espresso here). 

Egg coffee is typically served with the mug in a bowl of hot water to keep it warm. Do this now if you still have to prep your egg mixture and keep your coffee hot.

Egg Mixture

It’s perfect if you make the egg cream while the coffee is still brewing, and everything will be ready at the same time (generally…depending on how you brew your coffee).

Two images: egg yolks and condensed milk in jar and whisking.

Add the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk to a small mixing bowl. Then use a whisk attachment on a hand mixer to whisk them together until a light, creamy mixture forms. This will take about 5 minutes. It won’t be foamy-foamy, like when milk is frothed, but rather will be ribbony with a silky texture.

Adding another teaspoon of sugar or the smallest dash of vanilla extract are two additional ways to flavor the cream. Don’t add too much vanilla though, or it will overpower the custard-like topping.

Assemble the Coffee

Pour the sweet egg cream mixture onto the freshly brewed coffee. It will create a layer on top for a beautiful presentation. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or fresh chocolate shavings.

Pouring egg mixture on top of coffee.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the coffee immediately. In Vietnam, it is often served by placing the mug in a bowl of warm water to keep the beverage hot for a longer amount of time.

To enjoy, mix the coffee into the rich, silky, frothy, creamy egg topping, and proceeded to enjoy this decadent dessert-like coffee with a side of shortbread cookies and a spoon to dip.

Vietnamese egg coffee stirred together next to cookies with a spoon.

FAQs & Tips

Can I make egg coffee in a drip coffee maker?

Vietnamese egg coffee differs from Swedish egg coffee, in which the grounds are brewed with egg. Since Vietnamese egg coffee is about the custard foam on top, yes, you can brew coffee in whichever method you prefer and then add the topping. You do want to brew a strong batch if using a drip coffee maker.

Can I make this ahead of time?

I don’t recommend making the topping ahead of time. It needs to be enjoyed fresh for the best results.

What type of glass is best to serve it in?

You can serve this coffee in a typical coffee mug or small glass. I like using double-walled glasses to hold the heat in longer.

What can I do with the leftover egg whites?

Save them to make a strawberry angel food cake or macarons. If you’re looking for an easier solution, whip them up in scrambled eggs or in breakfast sandwiches.

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Vietnamese egg coffee in glass with chocolate shavings.
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Get the Recipe 10-Minute Creamy Vietnamese Egg Coffee

I first experienced this creamy, dessert-like coffee in Hanoi, Vietnam. It’s incredible! Back at home, I knew I had to recreate it. Whisk sweetened condensed milk and egg together into a creamy froth, and pour it over strongly brewed coffee or espresso to create Vietnamese egg coffee.



  • Brew coffee or espresso. While it's steeping, set your glass in a cup full of hot water to keep it warm.
  • Meanwhile, place egg and sweetened condensed milk in a large jar. Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, and whisk together the egg and condensed milk for 5-6 minutes. Mixture will become very frothy and smooth.
  • Serve immediately with chocolate shavings, or cocoa powder. Excellent with shortbread cookies!


06/2022 Update: updated from 1 egg to 2 egg yolks and increased milk from 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon because of the increase. 
Calories: 206kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 396mg, Sodium: 59mg, Potassium: 244mg, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 573IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 106mg, Iron: 1mg
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