dessert for breakfast? try this vietnamese egg coffee (cà phê trứng)

vietnamese egg coffee (cà phê trứng)

you will definitely get a caffeine kick & sugar high! ☕️ this vietnamese egg coffee (cà phê trứng) is sweet and creamy from the egg yolks & condensed milk. it is bold from the strong vietnamese coffee. this recipe pays homage to cafe giang in hanoi, vietnam – known for their cà phê trứng.
Prep Time 20 mins
Servings 1 drink



  • 2 tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 cup boiling water

egg cream

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp condensed milk
  • a dash of salt


brew the coffee

  • bloom coffee: add ground coffee to a phin filter and pour 1 tbsp of boiling water. let it bloom for 30 secs to 1 min.
  • brew the coffee: add remaining boiling water.

pasteurize eggs (optional)

  • skip this step if they are pasteurized. fill a small saucepan ½ way with water, and place on stove over medium-low heat.
  • using a whisk, mix the egg yolks & condensed milk in a medium bowl.
  • once the water has simmered, place the medium bowl over the saucepan and whisk until the mixture hits 160 f.

make the egg cream

  • remove the bowl from the saucepan, and add a dash of salt.
  • use a hand mixer to mix for 2 – 3 mins on high speed. the mixture will turn into a pale yellow color, and the volume will have doubled.
  • remove the phin filter, pour the egg cream over the coffee, & optionally top with cinnamon.


special equipment

  • phin filter: this tool is a necessity when making vietnamese egg coffee. it’s also portable, so it’s perfect to bring with you when traveling.
  • saucepan: this is my favorite saucepan. i have had mine for years; it’s durable & versatile.
  • hand mixer: the ones by kitchenaid are long-lasting. i recently upgraded to a cordless one. i also would recommend a more affordable option – a corded one (mine is still working after nearly a decade).


  • how do i use a phin filter? both nam coffee & nguyen coffee supply have great how-to articles on the phin filter.
  • what vietnamese coffee brand would you recommend? my current favorite is nam coffee. their coffee is bold and rich in flavor.
  • can i use regular coffee or coffee i have on hand? yes, you can; however, i have found the coffee is generally is not as bold as vietnamese coffee.

did you make this recipe? i would love to see your creations! tag michelleqgbui on instagram and hashtag it #letsbake.

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