The best street food: recipe for Hong Kong egg waffles

In the world of waffles, these dough pads are distinguished by their bite-sized size: each waffle consists of thirty egg-shaped balls that are held together by the crispy batter.

160 g sugar
2 large eggs
60 ml condensed milk
120 ml water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp melted butter
80 g flour
31≤2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp custard powder
baking spray

1-Beat the sugar and eggs in a large bowl.
2-Add the condensed milk, water, vanilla extract and butter and stir everything together.
3-Sift the dry ingredients over the bowl and stir until you have a smooth batter without lumps.
4-Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
5-Heat a waffle iron and inject the light with cooking oil.
6-Pour the batter into the waffle iron and fill it to about three quarters.
7-Close the waffle iron and turn it around so that the inside is completely covered with batter.
8-Bake the batter for 2-3 minutes on both sides until crispy and golden brown.
9-Place the waffle on a cake grill for 1 minute and serve it hot.

Gai daan tsai (‘small eggs’) was born halfway through the

20th century when the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed and many Chinese sought refuge in hong kong; the growth of the population asked for a creative use of the limited culinary resources. Some claim that the batter was made with damaged eggs, others that the waffle maker’s egg-shaped cutouts had to correctly compensate for the lack of eggs.

Trial notes
Amid the savoury dumplings and hong kong’s spicy aromas, the scent of sweet egg waffles strikes you as a sepia-colored reminder from grandmother’s kitchen. The vendors often have several waffle irons on the fire, so that each customer is assured of fresh waffles. from the irons the waffles are shaken on a grid and then put in a paper bag. Warm they are the best: the ‘egg shell’ is crispy and the yellow inner is soft and melts on the tongue. The waffle should be sweet, but not ant sweet, and it should have a pleasant aftertaste. Because a waffle can contain up to thirty ‘eggs’, it becomes a task to work them all warm ly inwards; this makes the easy to tear and distribute snack very suitable for eating with friends.


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