Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

Deliciously decadent and one of the BEST dessert drinks: Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung) | recipe from

Sweet and velvety whipped egg yolks are layered on top of robust filtered coffee to make this delicious hot beverage. Vietnamese Egg Coffee is not as popular as Vietnamese Iced Coffee but it will be once the word gets out…So I hope this post entices you to give this amazing drink a try. If you enjoy coffee and dessert (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love this beverage. The bitterness of the strong coffee is a tantalizing contrast to the sweet and fluffy whipped eggs. Especially now, during the colder months and holiday season, it’s a perfect indulgence to wow your tastebuds and warm your belly! Enjoy!

Notes on the Recipe, Tips and Tricks

I use pasteurized eggs instead of regular raw eggs for health reasons. You can purchase pasteurized eggs at your grocery store but the pasteurization process is really easy to do at home. Check out my video: How to Pasteurize Eggs for more information.

Make sure the eggs are at room temperature before beating. They’ll be fluffier when not so cold. When separating the eggs, try to remove as much of the whites as possible as it will result in a smoother texture.

I serve this often after a meal as dessert. It’s a wonderful coupling of a hot coffee drink and a sweet treat, perfect for finishing out a meal.

Serve it with a shot of your favorite liqueur for even more flavor. I love Godiva Chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream.

The whipped egg yolks do not hold up long, so enjoy right away. You can make ahead and refrigerate for up to 4 hours but consume it soon after as it will start to break down.

If you’re in the mood to experiment, freeze the egg mixture and you’ll have a delicious tasting custard. Yum!!

Watch the video for instructions.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like: Coffee and Cream Agar Dessert (Thach Ca Phe) and Chocolate Flan Cake.


2 Tbsp robust coffee beans or 3 Tbsp ground coffee
1 cup boiling water
2 large pasteurized eggs at room temperature
1 packet vanilla sugar (.28 oz) or 2 tsp sugar + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk

Other Items
2 Vietnamese coffee filters


Pulse/grind the coffee beans for 15-20 seconds to achieve a Medium grind.

Transfer the ground coffee into the coffee filters, dividing the coffee evenly. Shake the filters gently to level the coffee. Insert the filter screens and screw until snug. Do not over-tighten.

Place each filter over a small glass or cup. Add 2 Tbsp boiling water to each filter and check to see the coffee is dripping through slowly. If the coffee is coming out too fast, tighten the filter screen further. Add the remaining boiling water, dividing between the filters, and allow the coffee to slowly drip through. (This takes approximately 3-4 minutes.)

Separate the eggs and place the yolks into a measuring cup. Add the vanilla sugar.

Using a hand-mixer, gradually increase the speed and then beat the eggs on High speed for 1 minute. (You’ll notice the yolks turning from a bright orange to yellow and becoming thicker.)

Add 1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk and then mix on High speed for another minute.

Add another 1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk and again mix on High speed for 1 minute or until the eggs are creamy and custard-like. (The total mixing time is approximately 3-4 minutes.)

To assemble the drinks, pour the coffee into 2 mugs, reserving 1 Tbsp coffee per mug.

Spoon the fluffy egg mixture on top of the coffee, dividing it evenly between the 2 mugs.

Drizzle the remaining coffee into each mug.

Serve the mugs in bowls of boiling water to warm-up the coffee. (You can also reheat the coffee before assembling the drink.)

Optionally, top the Vietnamese Egg Coffee with ground cinnamon or whipped cream or both.

Stir everything together and enjoy!

Yields: 2 servings

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2 Responses to Vietnamese Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)

  1. Ngu May 23, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    So curious. Is this from Italy?

    • Trang June 28, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

      Not that I know. It’s a popular drink in Vietnam.

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