So while the Wizards were away in Florida, this muggle (Matty) took off eastwards to Vietnam.
My first stop was one of Ho Chi Minh's most famous markets, the Ben Thanh market. This place is utter madness, with locals and tourists alike finding whatever they need under one roof. What caught my eye straight away was the amount of coffee for sale, at least at every second stall. They had all types of beans available as can be seen in the photo below.
I was quickly introduced to a local favourite later that day, cà phê sữa đá. Thankfully, this was an iced cold drink as Ho Chi Minh was even more humid than a packed Bean on our busiest summer's day. It consists of a finely ground Vietnamese-grown dark roast coffee brewed individually with a small metal French drip filter (pressed espresso also used) into a cup containing about a quarter to a half as much sweetened condensed milk, stirred and poured over ice. My favourite place was in an unbelievably relaxing and hidden gem called Cafe Trầm. However, there was also a little cafe called coffee bike that I stopped at quite often when passing. It was a very easy coffee to drink, especially with such humidity.
Jumping on a plane to Da Nang and getting the bus to Hội An, I found my favourite coffee shop(s) in Vietnam. It began as one coffee house and a roaster but now they have four cafes in Hội An, and yes, I tried them all. :) I was delighted to see my favourite flat white on the menu, but what caught my attention most was the Vietnamese Egg Coffee. Curiously asking the staff what it tasted like, they made one for me to try (check out the video below, although I did miss the actual egg part).
The egg coffee is a traditional northern Vietnamese drink which is prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and dark roasted coffee.
I was pleasantly surprised by the actual taste of it, there was a sort of smooth custard texture to it so if you get the opportunity, take a chance and try a Vietnamese egg coffee.
Cảm ơn vì đã đọc,