Egg Waffles also known as Eggettes and Gai Daan Jai are spherical pancakes, which are a huge part of Hong Kong’s street food culture. These ball bubble waffles an even bigger deal than the Pineapple Butter Bun and an absolute must eat when visiting Hong Kong.
On my recent food trail, on the streets of Hongkong, these beauties made of sugar, flour, evaporated milk and off course, the star- eggs caught my fancy. I stood at one of the eggettes counters for over an hour to just admire at the whole process of making, pressing, baking and serving. This was Hongkong’s take on the traditional European waffle press. Some like these creations crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. YUM !!!
These are similar to traditional waffles but are made up of small puffy balls instead of inverted squares. The popularity of this snack was quite evident by the long queues outside these kiosks.
These are one of the most popular Hong Kong “street snacks” and were ranked No.1 in a 100 most popular HK “street snack” listing. They have been a favoured street snack in Hongkong since their emergence in 1950s, when they were made with coal fire heating and sold from street kiosks in Hong Kong
The word ‘Gai Daan Jai’ literally translates to ‘little chicken eggs’. However, contrary to the name and the batter today, the mould is said to have been created this particular shape somewhere around the warring years, to make up for an eggless batter, as eggs used to be a luxury ingredient. Another story points to street vendors purchasing damaged eggs from suppliers as a cheap ingredient and decided on making these golden waffles
Whatever the story, these creations are sure to catch your fancy too. Way too eggy in taste , compared to waffles and pancakes, but definitely worth a try. And Mammy Pancakes does it with some super class and fervor.