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Hong Kong Street Food in Toronto

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There are these things sold on the street in HK, which taste like waffles, but they look like an upside down egg carton. I have no idea what they are called. I tried looking at Pacific Mall today with no luck...all they have are fried doughnut sticks. Does anyone know what these are or where to find them?

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  1. they do have them in pacific mall. I have seen (smelt them) on the second floor at the entrance to the food court but I haven't been there for a couple years. They also have them in the Market Villiage mall just north of Pacific Mall. You will be able to smell them!

    1. szw is totally correct. the one in market village is located in the food court beside the stage. apparently it's called Tung Tung Dan Quen King.


      the one in pacific mall is beside the 2nd floor food court (the one beside the 2nd floor stage) inside a store that sells snacks. u can tell by all the jars of preserved goods.

      1. readily available and the Cantonese name is "gai dan chai", literal translation "little chicken egg".

        1. Yes, those are "Gai dan chai".

          There is also a Tung Tung on the 2nd floor of Pacific mall, which is located near the center inside the ethnic village. The other one on the left side(which is mentioned in szw and blitz'spost) on the 2nd floor of Pacific mall is more popular, and is better. However, they are not the same as the better one in HK. Both of them do not have a crispy outer layer with a soft egg pulp layer inside.

          1. There's also a stand just inside the entrance of Dragon Mall at Dundas and Spadina. I've been meaning to try to make them with a regular waffle iron and see what happens!

            1. Everyone has already mentioned the spots. Just thought I'd post some pics.

              This one is from the Heritage Village (Market Village) on the first floor just inside the main entrance: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-... (It was burnt, so I asked for another one, which they gladly provided).

              Another shop is on the second floor of Pacific Mall: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-... (in the background


              They also carry chestnut cakes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
              And egg rolls: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
              If anyone needs dragon beard candy, they have it sometimes on the main floor (centre court) of Pac Mall: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

              Cheers and Happy Eating!

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              1. re: BokChoi

                Thanks for posting pics! Now I have a craving for them.

                I love getting them at Pacific Mall but unfortunately there are none here that can compare to the best ones in HK. But they will have to do until I can visit HK again.

                1. re: genie81

                  Compared to other HK street foods, I think the gap in quality isn't too big compared to other street food staples. Curry fish balls here are terrible compared to HK, at least gai dan chais in Toronto come much closer to replicating the flavours.

                  1. re: aser

                    that's why I make my own curry fish balls so it'll be the right level of spicy for me.

                    i just miss all the different flavours of gai dan chais.

                  2. re: genie81

                    You're very welcome genie81. Glad I could get your saliva glands going. Come to think of it, I too am starting to desire some. Good thing they're $3 each or 2 for $5; the price helps my waistline, else I'd be eating them all the time.

                    1. re: BokChoi

                      Just got back from satisfying my craving. I got to the Tung Tung at Pacific Mall before it opened so I went to the Tung Tung in Market Village. I'm so glad I wasn't the only one waiting for gai dan chai. Although I believe I was the only adult there getting it for myself.

                      1. re: genie81

                        Adults need to satisfy the sweet tooth too, so don't feel guilty. You'll find me lining up for fudge, cupcakes, cotton candy, and all the childhood treats right alongside all the little tykes on a regular basis. Why 'grow up'? Just enjoy life! Glad you satisfied the craving. Guess you went pretty early, eh?

                        1. re: BokChoi

                          Went at 11 and definitely worth the wait since they were just opening up. It was so good.

                2. They also have them at First Markham Place on Hwy 7. In the mall foodcourt at a place called Magic Fruit (i think). Not sure how the compare to the ones at Pacific Mall and Market Village, but they're decent when hot.