I am an Australian Living In East London. I love theatre, film, art, and food.
Published October 15th 2012
Vietnamese weasel coffee in Spitalfield
Last Sunday, my girlfriend treated me to dinner at the delightful Pho Vietnamese street food restaurant in Spitalfields.
We were instantly taken by the raw interior of the place, with exposed brick walls and chunky wicker lights shades. We sat downstairs and were served by attentive smiley staff. The food was very tasty, with an interesting selection, centring around traditional Vietnamese Pho noodle soups. I had steak and brisket, my girlfriend had tofu, both teaming with flavours of lemongrass, coriander, chilli basil etc.
My girlfriend had a beautiful flower bomb tea that opens up like a flower in your cup, but what made my visit memorable was the coffee. I was tired from being dragged around the markets in the rain, and I was delighted to see an attractive array of coffee choices on the menu.
I opted for the coffee known as 'the weasel'. Basically Vietnamese weasels eat the coffee beans, excrete them, the droppings are then farmed, roasted and ground. The theory being that the flavour of the beans is altered by its journey through the weasel. It tasted pretty good too, mellow, not bitter at all. I usually have sugar and milk in my coffee but this was very drinkable black. This one coffee was about six pounds but it did make me chuckle to myself all through my tasty noodle soup.
The rest of the meal was reasonably priced too, which was good because I wasn't paying.