Hong Kong's 8 Craziest Egg Puff Creations
Gai daan jai, or egg puff, holds a special place in every Hongkonger’s heart. These kooky egg puff creations put a spin on our favorite street snack.
Yuan Yang Café
Blending east and west, Yuan Yang Café ups the nostalgia factor with their Ovaltine Eggette with caramel sauce, banana and strawberries ($68) that will take you straight back to your childhood. The egg puff gives off a rich—but not too sweet—Ovaltine flavor, while the creamy Häagen-Dazs ice cream provides a cooling contrast. Scoop a spoonful of egg puff, ice cream and fresh fruits together to get a burst of flavor and texture in every bite. Shop G28-29, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen's Rd. East, Wan Chai, 2882-9872.
Since opening last year, Modos has expanded its small Hong Kong-style snack shop to include 10 different egg puff flavors on the menu, drawing inspiration from around the world in creations such as the Russian Borscht Eggettes ($23) and the Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Eggettes ($28). Don’t miss the limited edition flavors introduced during special festivals and holidays, such as the rice dumpling egg puff with Chinese sausages and salted egg that were an instant hit at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival. Shop A1, 174 Fa Yuen St., Mong Kok, 2833-5618.
Oddies Foodies has been making waves all over Hong Kong (and our Insta feeds) since it started churning out its selection of dessert egg puffs loaded up with all of our favorite sweets. The idea here is to stuff as much sweet stuff as you can into a plastic cup, and mix them all together for that hot and cold, crunchy and soft, salty and sweet mouth-watering bite. The signature Night Wolf sundae ($60) can’t be beaten, featuring chocolate chip egg puffs with gelato, passion fruit panna cotta, brownie bits, chocolate chips and crunchy flakes. G/F, 45 Gough St., Central, 2750-2111.
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Recently opened in Mong Kok, Woft (which stands for “Wolf Loft”) draws in the after-work crowds with its craft beer selection, but diners will find some hidden gems on the food menu including a few out-of-this-world egg puff combinations. Combining different tastes, textures and flavors in ways we could only dream of, Woft manages to pull off some standout savory-sweet puff concoctions including a beef in satay sauce egg puff, spicy pork egg puff, and egg puffs with fried dried scallops stuffed into each lobe (all $48). G/F, 7-8D Yim Po St., Mong Kok, 2116-1786.
Gaia Group’s “House” series of restaurants have brought a western twist to the traditional egg puff with a Fondue Egg Puff Set ($98) available at both Greenhouse and Townhouse. Settle into the comfy interiors of Gaia Group’s modern eateries, and dig into the set which includes egg puffs, fresh berries, brownies and marshmallows just waiting to be dipped in bright yellow molten custard. Break off a cylindrical egg puff, skewer it with a fondue stick, and swirl it around in the dip for the ultimate eggy bite. Greenhouse, Shop 1004, 10/F, Food Forum, Times Square,1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2383-4022; Townhouse, 23/F, California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar St., Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2344-2366.
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Jun Jun Yau Mei (津津有味)
If you’re in the neighborhood, make a pit stop at Jun Jun Yau Mei (津津有味) which lets customers make their own crazy combinations of egg waffles by choosing four flavors to mix into one. For an Insta-hit, opt for the brightly-colored signature rainbow egg waffle ($20) and sprinkle on honey stars (plus $5) for an extra wow factor and crunchy topper. Other must-tries include the purple potato ($20) and the fruity melon and strawberry combo ($17). Cooked to order, the egg waffles come out piping hot and oozing with a variety of stuffed fillings. Shop A95, G/F, Phase 1, Kingswood Richly Plaza, 1 Tin Wu Rd., Tin Shui Wai.
Eat With Me
Stop in for a quick bite and a caffeine boost at Eat With Me, a modern eatery that serves picture-perfect sweet and savory egg puffs alongside tea and coffee. For a salty hit, go for the Indian-inspired egg puff with chicken curry ($68) or the pork chop and sunny-side up egg puff ($68) with a strip of romaine lettuce acting as a barrier to preserve the crunchiness of the puff. For a sweet ending, the egg puff affogato ($55) is a winner, with crispy eggette and vanilla ice cream doused in double shots of espresso. Shop D, G/F, Nga Chi Building, 12 Sze Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, 3709-8456.
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Regarded by many as some of the best egg waffles in town, the award-winning food stall Mammy Pancake draws queues day-in and day-out with its freshly made egg waffles that have the perfect ratio of crunchy, crispy exterior to soft and supple interior. The original egg waffle ($16) is pretty hard to beat, but if you want a sweeter substitute, opt for the chocolate chips egg waffle ($20) with gooey half-melted chocolate chips bursting in every bite. The menu is updated regularly and new innovative flavors are always on offer including the most recent fresh green and red apple egg waffle ($25) and Korean salted seaweed and corn egg waffle ($28). G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui.