Try Chinese coffee with baguette in Saigon

By Tam Linh    January 16, 2019 | 07:55 pm GMT+7

Cuong's stall near Thiec Market in District 11 has been serving this distinctive brew for more than two decades.

Try Chinese coffee with baguette in Saigon

For half a century now drinking coffee during breakfast has become a feature of the Saigon culture. Among the variety of coffee styles in the city is the Chinese one: brewing in a clay pot. 

The Chinese brought this unique way of making coffee to Saigon, and later many Vietnamese also started to adopt this style to make their coffee.

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In a small alley near Thiec Market, a shop has been serving this style of coffee for more than two decades. It has no signboard and is just a steel pushcart with utensils, spoons, milk, tea pot, and others on it. It is stationed near the house of the owner, Cuong. Beside it are small plastic tables and chairs for customers.

One look at the sizzling pot on the cart, and coffee lovers can know the brew served here is Chinese style. 

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The clay pot containing coffee must be kept continuously hot to maintain the flavor.

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Since there is little space on the cart, the owner has a pot containing the final brew made by boiling and filtering coffee powder several times. Because of this method of making it, people also call it "braised" coffee.

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A bowl of sugar and glasses on the cart. 

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Although the stall is near the market, it feels peaceful to sit on the street, listening to some Chinese music wafting from a house on the street and drinking a cup of coffee for VND12,000 ($0.52). 

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At the stall, you should also try the signature bread and breadstick dipped in coffee. This is a now a quite famous dish that has its origins in the economical breakfasts of the past of Chinese workers in Saigon. The baguette is crunchy.

You can tear off a small piece of crispy, warm bread or breadstick and dip it into hot milk coffee. The starch gives you the energy to start a new day. 

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Huy Hoang of District 4 said a cup of coffee is an indispensable part of his breakfast. "Since the weather in Saigon is quite hot, I have iced milk coffee instead of hot coffee to dip my bread for breakfast."

He discovered this stall while once hanging out with a friend in Thiec Market. 

 
 
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