30.10.2016 - 30.10.2016
It is possible to find a good coffee shop in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for a good 'western' style coffee but as these countries don't produce their own fresh milk the UHT milk often used leaves an aftertaste that spoils the great coffee taste. Vietnamese coffee has been our alternative go to coffee whether black or with sweet condensed milk, hot or cold with ice and with or without milk, done right it has a strong, rich creamy taste with a hint of vanilla and chocolate. We have had it delivered to the table complete or in a little filter coffee maker over a glass with the milk and left to 'drip' at the table - the clever places had the glass sat in a warm water bath or over a candle to keep warm.
The best we have found has been at a tiny cafe in Cat Ba in which we appeared to be the only westerners.
Our travels have also introduced us to a few other variations of coffee.
Egg coffee: thick, sweet creamy coffee made with beaten eggs and done right sticks to the spoon- tastes like tiramisu custard. The best we have had so far was found in s tiny locals cafe in Hanoi for just 17,000dong (less than a dollar) but has costed a lot more everywhere else.
Coconut coffee: a shot of coffee with coconut milk, some providing it as a coconut milk slushy with shavings of fresh coconut on the top. I am not a cold coffee lover but this was definitely my favourite when needing my coffee fix on a hot day.
The T'House layered latte: consists of macchiato, latte and coconut milk and was a great alternative to a regular latte as the coconut milk provided a better aftertaste that the UHT milk- shame it was a speciality of one shop on Hue.