Hong Konnovation:
Eggettes 雞蛋仔

Background

In this edition of Hong Konnovation, we explore the wonderful world of eggettes. To begin with, traditional eggettes are a sweet, crispy-on-the-outside-and-gooey-on-the-inside treat that’s one of the most popular snacks in Hong Kong. Although their origins are unknown, this street food became popular in the 1950s and has since captured the hearts of the young and old alike. Eggettes now come in a variety of ways so let’s get down the craziness.

The Original

The perfect batter for the original flavor has a delicate balance of eggs, flour, sugar and evaporated milk. It should be just sweet enough. From the beginning of time, eggettes were made with a special waffle iron that’s heated over charcoal. Although many of these have been replaced by the more efficient and safe electric iron, one of the few places that still cooks the eggettes over charcoal is in the fishing village of Tai O on Lantau Island. You will find the super cool Mr. Lei in his sunglasses on the main street in Tai O carefully handcrafting the perfect eggette. Because of the charcoal, not only do the eggettes have an aromatic custard taste, they also have a smokey after taste.

TaiO_750x350Mr. Lei working his magic

Where you can find this:
G/F, 59 Kat Hing Street, Tai O. They are open in the afternoons.

Can’t make it out to Tai O? Head over to Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles to get your fix. Although these aren’t made over charcoal, it’s one of the best originals you can find. The original store is on 492 King’s Road in North Point, but they have many other stores now including Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tseung Kwan O, and Mong Kok.

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Various Other Flavors

In addition to the original flavor, there are a wide variety of other tasty flavors such as chocolate, chocolate chip, taro, green tea and red bean, cheese, peanut butter and condensed milk, hazelnut chocolate, black sesame, and mango just to name a few.

ChocolateChip_750x500The irresistible chocolate chip eggettes from Mammy Pancake

Where you can find this:
Mammy Pancake
(The original shop) Shop K1B, G/F, 36 Man Tai Street, Hung Hom
G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Shop 17, G/F, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
Shop G23, G/F, Young City Zone, 1 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok

BlackSesame_750x500Black sesame eggettes

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Green tea and red bean eggettes

Where you can find these two treats:
McQ – Shop 6, Keybond Commercial Building, 38 Ferry Street, Jordan

Creative Creations

Now this is when things really start getting interesting. In addition to eating the eggettes on their own, they can be combined with other foods to make a truly unique experience for your taste buds. The “Night Wolf” for instance is described as “Italian low fat soft gelato twisted with 66% dark chocolate served with buttery crumbles, caramelised banana ice cream, passion fruit panna cotta, brownie and chocolate chips eggettes and crunchy flakes.”

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Night Wolf

Where you can find this:
Oddies
Shop 1F, G/F, 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai

Savory Creations

If you really want to confuse your taste buds, try one of the savory treats from Eat With Me. Having just opened two months ago, this new shop is taking eggettes to a whole new level. Their “Piggy” creation is a pork chop with a sunny side up egg, grilled onions, and lettuce sandwiched in between savory eggettes!

EatWithMe_750x500Piggy

Additionally, they also serve other savory flavored eggettes such as curry and garlic, and sweet creations too!

Where can you find this:
Eat With Me
Shop 8, G/F, Block 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, No. 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok

There you have it. Things are again getting crazy in Hong Kong. Let us know if you try some of these and what you think about it.

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Hong Konnovation is a series of blog posts that highlights Hong Kong’s unique ability to innovation on traditional things and their love for variety. Stay tuned for more posts, and if you have suggestions for a Hong Konnovation topic, please email [email protected].

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