Sunny-side up your day with these egg-ceptional delights
Eggettes, egg puffs, gai dan zai, egg waffles – who knew so many names could stand for something so delicious and simple? Although food trends in Hong Kong have been rising and falling for as long as we can remember, the trusty gai dan zai is a quintessential staple for traditional comfort food. Found on nearly every street corner in Hong Kong, the simple batter (flour, baking powder, custard powder, eggs, evaporated milk, and a pinch of sugar, plus whatever secret ingredient the vendor decides to use), is poured into a heated dimpled iron, creating balls of doughy heaven. Although it sounds simple enough, making the eggy treats at home is surprisingly difficult, so we’ve put together a guide to the best egg waffles in the city…
Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles (利強記北角雞蛋仔)
Definitely a standard for good egg waffles in Hong Kong, the vendors at Lee Keung Kee have long since mastered the perfect texture of puffy and crispy. This Michelin-recommended egg waffle chain is a must try to visitors and locals alike.
Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles, 492 King’s Road, North Point, various locations in Hong Kong, 2590 9726, www.facebook.com/Lee-Keung-Kee-North-Point-Egg-Ball
Mammy Pancake (媽咪雞蛋仔)
Mammy Pancake creates egg waffles that bring back childhood memories, and it incorporates Hong Kong’s latest trends into menu items (green tea egg waffles with chocolate chips)! The half-hollow egg puffs are deliciously crispy on the outside, with a smooth mochi-like softness on the inside.
Mammy Pancake, G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; Shop K1B, G/F, 36 Man Tai Street, Hung Hom, Hong Kong; Shop 17, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
For upscale egg waffles, this particular vendor is a favourite within the Sassy office. By pairing the traditional egg puff with Italian gelato, Oddies has perfected the ice-cream-to-waffle ratio, and the creamy gelato complements the crispy puffs perfectly. The all-time bestseller is the Night Wolf (a chocolate chip flavoured egg puff, banana ice cream, passion fruit panna cotta, brownie chunks… and more!), so if the massive range of flavours have you stumped – you know what to order!
Oddies Foodies, G/F, 45 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2750 2111, www.facebook.com/oddiesfoodies/
Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles (鴻記極品雞蛋仔)
Using a secret family recipe, Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles creates eggy delights that are spongy and fluffy in the middle, with a crispy outer layer. Our favourite part? The extra batter left on the edge that clusters to form delicious biscuit-like waffles.
Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles, Shop A34C, The 2nd Path, Tai On Lau, 57-87 Sau Kei Wan Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong
Tai O Charcoal Grilled Egg Waffles (大澳炭燒雞蛋仔)
As one of the remaining vendors to use the traditional charcoal grilling method, the “Tai O Egg Waffle Uncle” creates his nuggets of goodness while wearing a pair of sunglasses and vest top (sometimes carrying a little plastic fan to cool off with). Just be sure you don’t mind waiting in the heat – after all, good things take time.
Tai O Charcoal Grilled Egg Waffles, 59 Kat Hing Street, Tai O, Hong Kong
Eat With Me
Eat With Me is a little hidden restaurant in the corner of Tsuen Wan amidst the local street food restaurants, a gem for anyone craving quirky egg puff creations. The restaurant offers a selection of sweet and salty eggettes, from flavours such as Chicken Curry to ever-revolving ice cream flavours. The egg puffs are consistently delicious, with thin, crispy shells and light, fluffy centres.
Eat With Me, Shop D, G/F, Nga Chi Building, 12 Sze Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 3709 8456, www.facebook.com/eatwithmehk
Master Low-Key Food Shop (低調高手大街小食)
Head on over to Master Low-Key Food Shop for egg puffs that never disappoint, as they whip up some of the most delicious egg waffles, with crispy outer layers and bouncy soft centres. We’ve definitely waited happily in line for seconds on more than one occasion.
Master Low-Key Food Shop, Shop B3, G / F, 76A Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
For airy and crispy egg puffs, Modos is situated in a convenient spot of Mong Kok perfect for a quick pick-me-up. If you’re feeling adventurous, flavours are inspired from international cuisines and have the most interesting recipes (Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Egg Waffle, anyone?). The experimental vendor also likes to keep up with the most recent trends, so if you need your quick fix of matcha, you know where to look (ahem, Matcha Red Bean Eggette)!
Modos, Shop A1, 174 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kong, Various locations in Hong Kong, 2833 5618, www.facebook.com/ModosHK
Streets worth mentioning:
Take a stroll around Metro City at Tseung Kwan O, Lo Tak Circuit in Tsuen Wan or along Jordan Road! You’ll have your pick of eggettes in the many vendors that set up shop in the area.
Lee Keung Kee North Point image by obsessed.hongkong, sourced via Instagram
Mammy pancake image #1 by wingthefoodie, sourced via Instagram, image #2 by clarissatinge, sourced via Instagram
Hung Kee Top Quality Egg Waffles image #1 sourced via Open Rice, image #2 sourced via Open Rice
Tai O Charcoal Grilled Egg Waffles sourced via Open Rice
Eat With Me image #1 by cheunghoiling, sourced via Instagram, image #2 by kayluong_, sourced via Instagram
Master Low-Key Food Shop image by ninjadin, sourced via Instagram
Modos image by ctyingz, sourced via Instagram