A slice of Vietnam in East London

In theory, Vietnamese coffee is all wrong. The best comes very strong, very thick and very sweet, in a glass, with a small steel filter on top. If you have it white, it comes with a slug of sweetened condensed milk at the bottom of the glass. When your coffee has filtered through, you give it all a stir. The best coffee brand is called “Weasel” and has a black stylised rodent on the packaging because it just happens to be fashioned from actual weasel turds. Yes, really.

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Despite this, it is strangely addictive, possibly because you're in Vietnam where it's usually served in small cafes with a row of stainless steel collapsible tables and Seventies-style lounger chairs along the pavement. You sit, and you drink your coffee and you contemplate the industrious Vietnamese while you sit on your arse. 

You can now get a sense of this experience at the rather more convenient CaPhe Viet Nam at Broadway Market in east London, where owners Rob Atthill and Tuyeng Hong have imported a café’s worth of Vietnamese café things, including Weasel coffee, the steel filters, the stainless steel deckchairs and the folding steel tables. 141c Benhill Rd, London SE5 7LZ, runs as a street café on Saturdays only at Broadway Market