[Pork-free, Muslim-friendly] Before we flew to Korea (see previous post), we had a layover at Vietnam for some coffee!
We kid! Haha, but we did enjoy our cuppa at Cong Caphe, a franchise which originated from Hanoi.
The decor is very similar to the Cong Caphe we visited in Saigon a few years back – with its rustic elements that recall the good old socialist days of the 70s! (How ironic – a capitalist franchise accoutred in socialist’s dressing. But then again, Vietnam is a fast-growing economic powerhouse today. Sorry, we digress!)
We opted for the Hanoian Coffee (RM13.90) – coffee with condensed milk. If you know (and love) Vietnamese coffee – they are usually super “kau”!
We enjoyed this – it was super strong with a good hit of sweetness from the condensed milk. Imagine, your kopitiam coffee with more kick, so its not very thick and pretty easy to drink.
However, we were disappointed they did not offer Egg Coffee (cà phê trứng) on the menu. We loved this when we first tried it at Cafe Giảng in Hanoi! It’s basically coffee with condensed milk, sugar and (gasp!) egg yolks!
This drink was created in the 40s during the First Indochina War. As there was a milk shortage, the bartender had the idea to whisk egg yolks to replace milk. And the rest is history! If you’re ever planning to go to Hanoi (loved the food there!) – you have to check out Cafe Giảng and egg coffee! The creaminess and fattiness of the yolk just beat regular milk.
But for now, check out Cong Caphe at 1 Utama in Petaling Jaya. It is a good pit-stop for excellent Vietnamese coffee.
Address: Lot G130A, Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing),
Hours: 10am-10pm Daily
Phone: 0377331922, 010-2409288