|I first read about cà phê trứng on Eating Asia. Then Manisha reminded me about it. I love love love Vietnamese coffee, and I'm fond of eggnog, so something like a mix of the two sure sounded right up my alley.|
And right up an alley is where you'll find it in Hanoi.
The Sergeant was a little concerned when I dragged him down this narrow passageway through a souvenir shop. Cafe Pho Co's faded sign out front is not obvious I didn't even spot it until we were leaving.
But the passage leads to a lovely, if dim, courtyard and an Escheresque series of stairways.
Cafe Pho Co has a reputation for surly service (according to reviews I'd read and a couple Vietnamese people I spoke with about it), but we were there for the coffee and the view, both of which were lovely.
You can try making ca phe trung yourself. I found a couple of recipes, one at Gourmet.com (if you have time, watch the video, too. Very interesting) and one at iloveallrecipes.com (which appears to be a rough English translation of the same recipe I found on several Vietnamese sites).
But for the best flavor, get yourself to Hanoi!
11 Hang Gai, Hanoi
Good golly that's a lot of work to go to just for a cup of coffee....is it still hot when you get it? But WHAT a view.ReplyDelete
I was thinking the same thing as Delores - is it still hot when you get it?!ReplyDelete
But, wow, so awesome that you found the cafe! I definitely want to go to Hanoi next time!
wow! looks amazing!ReplyDelete
It's still warm, at least. Some places serve the cup sitting in a larger cup of hot water, so it stays warmer.ReplyDelete
Manisha, I loved Hanoi. Saigon was so frenetic, which got tiring fast; Hanoi was much more laid back.
It was, BB!