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Egg Coffee? Welcome to Vietnam!

As you may already suspected, coffee emerged in Vietnam (link) with the arrival of french and dutch in the 18th and 19th centuries and the vietnamese adopted the beverage and made it their own.

Actually the coffee culture in Vietnam is huge, being one of the world’s largest producers (second after Brazil), and often praised for it. Its uniqueness comes from the exceptional country’s typography. With mountainous regions embracing the area in roughly the same direction as the prevailing winds, creating complex micro-climates perfectly suitable for different coffee species. However, most plants are low altitude, being about 97% of Robusta coffee.

The traditional vietnamese coffee brewing includes the use of a metal drip filter, the phin, which is placed on top of a glass or cup, in a filter process that takes up to 15 minutes. What you get is a strong base of bittersweet flavor and lush texture, to prepare one of the about 6 varieties of existing coffees in Vietnam, based on their characteristics and ingredients. One that takes anyone to heaven is the delicious egg coffee or cá phê trung.That’s right, egg coffee!

Egg coffee can be found in cafés in Hanoi, being one obligatory degustation for those who travel with The Wanderlust to Vietnam. The ingredients, are nothing more than egg, coffee and sweetened condensed milk. The result is a perfect combination of the sweet and creamy cloud of egg and sweetened condensed milk and the bitter coffee, which italian tiramisu! Even for the most skeptical, it is worth the sin!

Vietnamese egg coffee recipe


– 1 Egg;

– 3 Teaspoons of vietnamese powder coffee;

– 2 Teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk;

– Boiling water.


– Brew a small cup of vietnamese coffee;

– Crack and egg, split the egg whites and the yolk;

– Put the yolk and sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl and whisk until you end up with a fluffy mixture;

– Add a tablespoon of freshly brewed coffee and involve it in the previous mixture;

– In a cup, pour the brewed coffee and then add the fluffy egg misture to the top.

– Let the tasty trip begin!



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Swimming with giant turtles and whale sharks in Philippines, having magic encounters with orangutans in Borneo’s rainforests, hanging out with villagers in remote mountains in Indonesia, being absorbed by colours, smells and people in India, sharing smiles in Vietnam…My name is Miriam and I’m the CEO and, at the same time, Tour Leader on the travel agency The Wanderlust. I started travelling at the age of 8 and nowadays I spend my time between Portugal and the world, backpacking and wandering through countries with a culture and civilization completely different from mine.You may find me losing myself between streets and alleys, smells, sounds and tastes. Enjoying the silence of the mountains, the majesty of temples and the vastness of the forests. Observing animals in their natural habitats and the daily lives of the people who cross my path. Feeling the differences that make us unique and, at the same time, equals! For sure you will find me delighting in a beautiful beach, riding some good waves and exploring the wonderful underwater world.As a traveller, what really moves me is the chance of collecting moments, memories, experiences, friendships but, above all, the opportunity of leaving something good behind, knowing that in some way I changed someone’s life, even if it is just for a few seconds…with a smile.

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