New York City is home to some of the most innovative food trends in the world. Some of these include the rainbow bagel, the Ramen burger, and the Cronut, just to name a few. However, one of the most surprising food combinations actually originates in a place that’s miles and miles away from NYC: South Korea.
New York’s latest trend can be found in Round K, a Korean coffee chain that is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. After a video showing their curious coffee went viral, people began to wonder about it.
The origins of the coffee can be traced back to the 60’s and 70’s in Korea. A popular drink found in the dabangs, or coffee shops, was one made with instant coffee, a dash of salt, a raw egg yolk, sesame oil, and walnuts or pine nuts. The drink’s purpose was to energize and also leave the drinker feeling satiated. Round K decided to pay homage to this drink by creating a variation of it for their coffee shop.
The egg coffee at Round K is made with a shot of espresso whisked with a slightly boiled egg yolk, which is then topped with frothy cream and dusted with cocoa powder. The effect is that the coffee is creamier than a standard cappuccino and features quite a robust flavor.
So what do you think? Are you willing to try the egg cappuccino or is it just too out-there for you?