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May 9, 2011 10:16 AM

雞蛋仔/eggette/Hong Kong egg waffle/ gai daan zai pan?

I know that Williams Sonoma has been selling these pans, but they're $50 and that's quite a chuck of change.

Has anyone seen such pans sold anywhere else? Like Chinese kitchen stores etc? I also have friends going to Hong Kong, any Hong Kongers know where to find them over there?

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  1. Have you tried Kamei or Forest? Kamei's more likely to have it, Forest will probabaly be cheaper if they do.

    Kamei Restaurant Supply
    547 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I go to Kamei on a pretty regular basis and I haven't seen it. Haven't been to Forest...

    2. Similar thread on LA board shows difficulty in finding these in LA and SF

      1. I agree that the WS product costs quite a bit, but per the website it is made in the USA. Assuming the materials are solid quality, it should be pretty good to use, depending on your heat source. It is still a bargain compared to buying a built in grill pan electric powered eggette machine, which can run you $600++ or more.

        I would be wary of buying imports (usually at a markup), because now you can buy eggette electric machine in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (and of course the pans themselves), likely in varying quality. The pans even in low to mid end, will be cheaper if you get a friend to get it for you in HK (since you posted on the China board asking as well). I'm afraid I don't know where exactly to get it, but if you search for eggette and machine in Chinese, and filter out the results, you might find something (but no idea how to search for the pan itself). However you don't know if a particular pan is made in China, and what kind of material (or whether it is safe to use).

        One source you can try asking is Quickly USA (e.g. president Raymond Kot), maybe not going into one of the numerous stores.... and see if he can point you in the right direction. From some Chinese search results, it seems that his company worked with American eggette machine makers, and ensured US health code requirements/approval (if that is really true). I assume they won't sell you a machine or pan direct unles you own a franchise, but worth a shot asking where they got them from or if they know about pans.

        Net searching for eggette machine turns up one or two vendors in Texas, but no pans.

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        1. re: K K

          Thanks for the input!
          I found out that my uncle actually has one that was given to him by my other uncle but he has a glass cooktop stove and cannot use his pan! I'm trying to find out where in HK, he found it. Apparently, there's one specific place to find them in HK! I'll post if and when I find something.
          If I end up not finding anything, I may ask for the WS one as a birthday or Christmas present! hahaha

            1. re: j mather

              Forgetting pans for a minute, is there a place to get tacoyaki in the bay area?

              One hopes for a pickup truck outside a bart station, but that would be too much to ask.

              1. re: bbulkow

                And oh how I WISH there was a good place. I found this thread:

                The food stand at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown in SF is the only freshly made one I've seen. I often curb by cravings with bags of frozen ones from Japanese markets, sadly.

                1. re: bbulkow

                  There are a number of places offering takoyaki as a regular item in the south bay that I am aware of:

                  Yume-ya (Sunnyvale)
                  Ramen Tenma (Cupertino)
                  Gokaku (Cupertino)
                  Hoshi (Santa Clara/San Jose)

                  You can also get it at many of the Japanese grocery stores in the takeout section.

                  246 Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050

                  Ramen Tenma
                  487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

                  10789 S Blaney Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014

                2. re: j mather

                  I don't think so. You need to be able to flip it like a Belgian waffle to get that light, eggy inside. Although, I have an aebleskiver pan and I could try and see if I can get close...

                3. re: chaseshadows

                  In Hong Kong, you can get it on Shanghai Street (Kowloon side), south of Yau Ma Tai station, north of the temple.

                  The street in that couple of blocks are all cookware/restaurant supply stores. Almost all the stores there had it (they also sell the electronic street vendor version). The cheapest one I was $60 HKD.

                  1. re: gnomatic

                    That's perfect! Thank you so much! I had seen that Shanghai Street was a good place to check but didn't know if they had it for sure. Thank you for confirming it and giving me a price point too.
                    I was willing to pay up to $200 HKD since that's still half the price of what it is here!

                    1. re: chaseshadows

                      The shops definitely had them (I was just there beginning of april), and there are different quality ones. I think the cheapest one is probably the best option for home use, the more expensive ones were really heavy.

                      I might've been a bit off on the price...I remember it came out to $12 USD.

                      1. re: gnomatic

                        $12 USD sounds about right. I have friends that got them from friends that went to Hong Kong that got them for $100 HKD.