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Savour & Compare: 3 Popular Egg Waffles in Hong Kong

Many Hong Kong's new street food trends come and go, but egg waffles (gai daan tsai) is an iconic one that can stand the test of time. It has topped the list of many localites' collective memories for generations. Though it is reasonable to suggest the way egg waffles are made is a Hong Kong take on the traditional checkered European waffle press (where both snacks are often sold by the same stall), but the miniature detachable golden cakes are far more savoury tempting; you can either own the whole portion or it can be shared by many. They are also available in a variety of flavours such as chocolate or green-tea, in addition to the conventional "egg taste" flavour.  We took on the quest to savour three of the most popular egg waffles stalls in Hong Kong:

 

 

1.  Mammy Pancake

 

      

 

We have tried both original and chocolate flavours, the original flavour kept its excellence of crisp and soft; the chocolate is actually chocolate-chips added on the original flavour before baking on the pan.  We found the lightly bitter chocolate excellently blended that brought the flavour to another level. 

 

Mammy Pancake

Shop K1B, G/F, 36 Man Tai Street, Hung Hom 

HK$14 – 17

 

 

 

2.  低调高手大街小食

 

    

 

This hidden Shau Kei Wan shop is celebrities' favourites.  The owner of this shop was once invited as an "egg waffle consultant" for making the Guinness World Record of baking 3,000 egg waffles simultaneously.  The egg waffles scent can be smelled afar on our way to the shop, and after a long queue, we finally ordered an egg waffle and a checkered waffle. It is more crunchy compared to Mammy's Pancakes but doesn't lose the tenderness and sweetness - a double layer of extremes that is cooked to perfection.  

 

低调高手大街小食

Shop B3, G/F, 76A Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan 

HK$16 each, HK$28 for two

 

 

3. 利强记北角鸡蛋仔

 

      

 

This owner has more than 30 years of egg waffle making experience and has already expanded his food map to Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, and Yuen Long. Yet the never-ending queues can still be seen late at night at this little North Point shop.  His recipe of extra crunchy-based egg waffle is a favourite among localites and tourists. Though we preferred an extra touch of soft and tenderness, but as a night snack - this is not a bad choice for a crispy munch while taking a night stroll.

 

利强记北角鸡蛋仔

492 King's Road, North Point

HK$18 each

 

 

 

 

 

 

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