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Nov 3, 2006 12:13 AM

Eggettes in Glen Park - now open!

Went by Glen Park BART today and found out Eggettes opened yesterday. Got the usual order of chocolate and original eggettes and some rice roll. Service was very pleasant and the food great as usual. Hours are 10am-10pm (till midnight on Fri and Sat). It's the largest space out of the 3 Eggettes. It has a sofa in front of a big screen TV.

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    1. re: Atomica

      It's somewhat similar to waffle in little egg shapes. A popular snack in Hong Kong. Eggettes (name of the store), is the only place I've found in the Bay Area that makes a decent version of it.

      1. re: Atomica

        The capital E Eggetes is Yet Another Boba/Smoothie/Fruity Dessert/Taiwanese Snack place. Small e eggettes are bite sized eggy waffles, which may or may not be filled.

        As the OP reprted, there are now 3 Eggettes in SF but there is a myriad of places selling eggettes.

        1. re: Gary Soup

          A little background. The snack eggettes is basically a pancake/waffle/egg batter mix, and baked inside a waffle iron but in the shape of a bunch of small eggs. The final product looks like a bunch of eggs joined together in a mold and should not be soggy, but warm, slightly crispy, and airy/puffy/light. In Cantonese these are known as gai dan jai or little eggs. I recall having this as push cart street food in Hong Kong in the 80s, at times outside movie theaters along with other vendors that sold anything from corn to skewered steamed/fried snacks like fishballs, octopus (using recycled oil 1000 times over and ingredients may arguably have been flavored with borax + MSG, does wonders for constipation...but I digress) and eggettes may have been around even before that. Most of these street card food vendors don't have an official food license from the government, and as the business is portable and on carts, makes setting up shop anywhere in addition to running away from the police and food authorities a little bit easier

          Innovative business folk in Canada started reviving this gen x-er /HK expat snack, I think I spotted it in Toronto's Pacific Mall (Scarborough to be more exact) near the food court around year 2000, though it was part of a store (see doh) that carried other snacks and prepackaged drinks (very similar to the classic see doh near movie theaters some 20 years ago).

          Eggettes may have been the first Bay Area venture to start this craze (in South SF) maybe 2 to 3 years later, though they went the marketing route that Gary has mentioned, which is pretty much the standard way to make money, gear it towards the youth of today and gen x-ers and offer other varities of snacks/drinks around the main product, then buff it up with wireless internet access and funky photo sticker machines and then some.

          However eggettes in the Bay Area, like a lot of Chinese food concepts brought over here, has pretty much lost its identity and turned more into a retro revival money making product that is even with the "best" version at Eggettes can end up being mostly inconsistent, though props up for offering flavors like chocolate and sesame that was not thought of in the 80s. Other versions in the Bay Area to me are not up to snuff, as the operator of the eggette iron didn't do a good job baking the eggettes, or the egg batter/mix was just put together hastily and sloppily.

          1. re: K K

            You got a shout-out in Jonathan Kauffman's piece today in SF Weekly, Battle Egg Puffs: Eggettes vs. Genki vs. Quickly

            2810 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              It is interesting that JK and also PatU (of Examiner) as well as SFEater, sfgate(and other local media) do browse the boards like this one for news and info. It was very apparent from their coverage of Hakka Restaurant based on the CH big thread that you guys started, but cool nonetheless JK dug up this old thread for info.

              I wouldn't say Eggettes company is the first in the USA to bring over this retro snack craze, but arguably the first in NorCal. By the way it's not "egg puff" anymore, but "eggettes" which actually has a wikipedia entry. I haven't tried many other renditions of this within SF, but for the upper Peninsula area, I dare say this chain still does it best, with the Millbrae location being the more superior, at least compared with South SF and Noriega SF (have not tried Glenn Park yet).

              The Eggettes chain have stepped things up a notch by extending this retro snack craze to include other HK style street food items (and has been for the last 1 to 2 years at least):

              -woon jai chee (imitation shark's fin soup)
              - something pronounced dza za (it looks like red bean soup with taro but I believe has more things in it)
              -curry fishball skewers
              -ju cheong fun (plain cheong fun steamed with soy sauce, sesame sauce, sesame seeds)

              A cool concept to appeal to the sentimental expats, even if gimmicky.

              In SF I'm sure you can find these items at one of the dessert shops in the Richmond / Clement area.

              Although Eggettes (chain) still delivers an OK product, they've fallen behind with the crazy re-inventions out of Hong Kong.... e.g. where chocolate flavors actually contain chocolate chips, green tea (made with matcha powder)...ok that's nothing innovative, but some other places offer a Sichuan mala savory flavor, there's even a wacky corn and shaved pork floss version, and I just saw an "Italian garlic" flavor. And it costs half the price!

              The rare prize in HK, is pursuing the handful of pushcart vendors who actually did revive the old school prep...of using charcoal grills to heat up the cast iron eggette waffle maker to produce a more uniform and roasty product. The catch is that you could be waiting 20 mins to 1 hour, depending on that vendor's popularity and time of day. Places that sell the same product (indoor shops) otherwise use electric powered grills like over here, and results vary widely.

              3136 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA

      2. There's a Delimanjoo (egg waffle chain from Korea) outlet in Washington Bakery on Washington Street next to Portsmouth Square in SF Chinatown that preceded any of the Eggettes outlets in SF by a year or two. There are also reports of a street vendor in New York's Chinatown years before they were ever spotted here in SF.

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        1. re: Gary Soup

          Delimanjoo and eggettes are two different things. I have seen other places that serves eggettes before as well. However, Eggettes is the only place I found that makes a version that comes close to what's available in Hong Kong. When we were in Hong Kong 2 years ago, I was excited to see flavored eggettes there.

          1. re: Gary Soup

            Ah yes, the good old eggettes from the street vendor in New York. This one lady started the craze! I don't know exactly when she opened, but I know she's been there since the early 90's. I would always go get a fresh, piping hot, made on the spot, bag for $1.00. Her 'store' was actually one of those old school carts used by street vendors in Hong Kong. She later built herself a shabby wooden shelter attached to the side of a wall so she could stay open throughtout the harsh New England winters. After a while, word spread, and there would be lines waiting for her eggettes. Shortly after, numerous eggette carts popped up. But that lady with the wooden shack definately started it all! Her batter was always carefully crafted and consistant, and her eggettes were closest to the ones found in Hong Kong. And even after all the others started opening, people would still wait in line for her eggettes. According to my dad, rumor has it she retired a millionaire! =)

            1. re: yenyen828

              My kids called her the HK Cake Lady. We'd been buying from her since the late 80's. We loved watching her routine, as she switched from one burner to the other. After we moved away, the kids looked forward to standing in line whenever we came thru town for a visit. We heard that she retired back to HK. Haven't found anything around here to match her little treats.

          2. I've had this before, probably when they first started offering it. It tastes more like a sponge cake with a cream filing inside (oh crud...guess what, that fits a Twinkie to a T, which oddly enough it does remind one of it, think of a mini egg sized twinkie that's freshly baked). Though to be fair the delimanjoo cream filling is more gooey than solid like the Twinkie.

            1. Does anyome else think that Glen Park is a strange place to open the cities' first Eggettes...I would have thought, Chinatown, Clement St., Irving, Noriega...etc....! but Glen Park???

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              1. re: ChowFun_derek

                I don't think the OP meant that the Eggetts outlet in Glen Park is the 1st one in the city. I've been going to the one out on Noriega & 40th Ave (approx location) for about 2 years now.

                  1. re: who_me

                    Yep, the first SF location is next to Polly Ann Ice Cream on Noriega. The one in Glen Park just happens to be closer to me. It's also conveniently located right next to the BofA ATMs, in case I need cash for my snacks.

                  2. re: ChowFun_derek

                    maybe a bit out of context with the rest of the choices in the area, but I am certainly not complaining! We drove by last night after hubby picked me up at BART (it is a block away from the station, next to La Corneta), and though we didn't stop, I look forward to trying it soon!

                    1. re: susancinsf

                      Is it where the pizza place used to be?

                      1. re: ChowFun_derek

                        It's in the space where the video store was and was BofA prior to that.

                  3. I was born and raised in G.P. Where is Eggettes located? Diamond and Chenery? Is it near Higher Grounds?

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                    1. re: geekgirl

                      Across the street (Diamond) from Higher Grounds, where the video store used to be.

                      1. re: Euonymous

                        Location of the prior pet store, wine shop Leo's liquors?

                        1. re: geekgirl

                          It's on Diamond, between Chenery and Kern. It's on the left hand side if you're heading toward Chenery by Glen Park BART station. It's a big store front. You can't miss it.