Hong Kong egg waffles are popular street food. As they gain popularity alongside bubble tea, you can find them at some boba shops, such as Bubble Teaology. This sweet and crispy treat is served with toppings like ice cream, boba pearls, or popping boba.
You’ll need a Hong Kong waffle iron to make these waffles. You can easily find one on Amazon if you don’t own one. Make sure to let the batter rest for at least an hour after mixing to create the right texture for the waffles.Print
What Do Hong Kong Egg Waffles Taste Like?
Hong Kong egg waffles taste sweet and crispy, similar to American waffles. They are usually topped with ice cream or other sweet toppings, giving them an extra-sweet taste. Their texture is a mix between a fluffy pancake and a crispy waffle.
How Many Calories Are in an Egg Waffle?
One egg waffle has approximately 338 kcal, 64 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fat, and 34 grams of sugar, without toppings. Adding ice cream or other toppings will add significantly more calories and sugar.
Who Invented Egg Waffles?
One specific person is not credited with the invention of egg waffles. Instead, their creation is attributed to the shopkeepers in Hong Kong.
Egg waffles were created during the 1950s as a way to use unsellable broken eggs. The broken eggs were combined with flour and sugar, poured into a mold, and cooked over a charcoal flame. Since the waffle mold allows small egg shapes to be broken off and shopkeepers could sell the waffle in small pieces, egg waffles were very affordable.
Their popularity has since spread to other Asian countries and North America. They are known as gai daan jai in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Style Egg Waffles vs. American Waffles
|Hong Kong Egg Waffles||American Waffles|
|Have a bubble pattern||Have a criss-cross pattern with pockets|
|Served with ice cream, fruit, or tapioca pearls||Served with butter and syrup|
|Street food that is served any time of day||Usually eaten for breakfast|
|Can be broken apart and eaten one piece at a time||Eaten with a fork and a knife|
What Are the Most Popular Toppings for Egg Waffles?
Customarily, people eat egg waffles on the go. The waffle chef folds the waffle, adds the toppings in the middle, and wraps the entire dessert in paper so you can take it with you. If you make them yourself, feel free to serve them on a plate and add the toppings.
Try these toppings with your egg waffles:
- Chocolate chips
- Fresh fruit
- Ice cream—usually made from tea flavors like matcha or chai
- Popping boba
- Tapioca pearls