Eggnog or egg cream is a dish rooted deep in the childhood of many Hanoians. In the past, with few available snacks, bread dipped in the creamy and rich eggnog was considered a “high-end” dish.
Nowadays, wanting to catch up with the times, not many shops still sell eggnog. Among those still offering this nostalgic dish, Kem Trung Ba Khanh (Ba Khanh Eggnog) at 55B Hai Ba Trung Street is arguably the most popular, having welcomed many generations of Hanoians and foreigners.
Located on a spacious sidewalk under the trees, most customers opt to sit outside and watch the traffic pass.
The menu features eight types of eggnog, more than any other establishment in Hanoi. The traditional recipe comprises two egg yolks and a touch of sugar, mixed until smooth and fluffy. Diners can choose between additional cocoa, coffee, honey, matcha, vanilla, mung bean, and even beer flavors.
Each flavor has its own charm. Eggnog with cocoa or coffee tastes pretty similar to the original, but smells more aromatic. Vanilla and mung bean flavors are rich, while matcha is fragrant. Regardless, most patrons usually stick to the soft and creamy traditional of plain eggnog.
Ba Khanh Eggnog is arguably the most popular eggnog shop in the city. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Chi.
Eggnog is best served hot, when it best retains its fragrance. While enjoying this dish, remember to dip a piece of hot, crispy bread into the cup of fluffy, not overly sweet eggnog, an ideal afternoon snack.
In addition to Hanoi egg coffee or cocoa, the shop sells trendy Ha Long bubble yogurt with nine different flavors, along with standard apricot, plum, dracontomelon, and tamarind juice.
A cup of eggnog is priced at VND25,000 ($1.07), plus VND5,000 for bread. Egg coffee or cocoa cost VND30,000 a cup, yogurt VND25,000, while other beverages are around VND20,000.