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Hong Kong Waffles in LA?

ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 04:05 PM

Where to get them:

Besides Tasty Garden of course.

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  1. JeMange RE: ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 05:03 PM

    What is a Hong Kong waffle?

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      wienermobile RE: JeMange Feb 20, 2013 05:20 PM

      Hong Kong style waffle, called a "grid cake" or "grid biscuits" (格仔餅), is a waffle usually made and sold by street hawkers and eaten warm on the street. It is similar to a traditional waffle but larger, round in shape and divided into four quarters. It is usually served as a snack. Butter, peanut butter and sugar are spread on one side of the cooked waffle, and then it is folded into a semicircle to eat. Eggs, sugar and evaporated milk are used in the waffle recipes, giving them a sweet flavor. They are generally soft and not dense. Traditional Hong Kong style waffles are full of the flavor of yolk. Sometimes different flavors, such as chocolate and honey melon, are used in the recipe and create various colors. Another style of Hong Kong waffle is the eggette or gai daan jai (鷄蛋仔), which have a ball-shaped pattern.

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      Xan7hos RE: ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 05:49 PM

      I believe all Lee's Sandwiches make them. But my go to place is usually Tasty Garden, I find its usually fresh and made to order or at least made very recently. Try dunking them in condensed milk if you're feeling gluttonous

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        ns1 RE: Xan7hos Feb 21, 2013 04:48 PM

        They do, and they're green, and they're nothing like what weinermobile describes above.

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          bulavinaka RE: ns1 Feb 21, 2013 05:35 PM

          Green? Pandan-flavored?

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            ns1 RE: bulavinaka Feb 21, 2013 05:40 PM

            yep.

      2. ipsedixit RE: ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 06:59 PM

        Aside from Tasty Garden, you can get HK Waffles at Fresh Roast on San Gabriel Bvld (x-road Broadway).

        Comes in different flavors too, from egg, to chocolate, to chocolate chip, to fruit, to coconut, to a combo of all of the above.

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          JThur01 RE: ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 07:54 PM

          ipsedixit beat me to Fresh Roast, and Cafe Spot in Alhambra has them as well.

          1. mpken RE: ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 09:27 PM

            Available at Younique Cafe on Garvey in Monterey Park.

            1. blimpbinge RE: ClarissaW Feb 20, 2013 09:55 PM

              i'd go to tasty garden, cafe spot, or fresh roast

              edit: ok got beat by everyone :\

              1. K K RE: ClarissaW Feb 21, 2013 12:00 AM

                Love To Go in San Gabriel has a "Hong Kong Style Peanut Butter Waffle Pocket" (if this place is not run by Hong Kongers it's probably an attempt at a reproduction). But to be honest, their philly cheesesteak waffle sandwich at least looks more interesting, ditto for their other waffle offerings.

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                  blimpbinge RE: K K Feb 21, 2013 12:03 AM

                  i believe the owner is from Macau

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                    K K RE: blimpbinge Feb 21, 2013 09:45 AM

                    Close enough! But do they have a good Macau style bone in pork chop bun?

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                    ClarissaW RE: K K Feb 21, 2013 04:44 PM

                    is this the one that looks like a bubble wrap? (see: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=h...)

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                      wienermobile RE: ClarissaW Feb 21, 2013 05:31 PM

                      Yes.

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                        K K RE: ClarissaW Feb 21, 2013 05:32 PM

                        That's eggettes, egg puffs, 鷄蛋仔, gai daan jai or ji daan jai.

                        I want to say 鷄蛋仔 came on the scene in Hong Kong before HK style waffles, at least I never saw HK style waffles sold on the street by illegal push cart vendors when I was growing up, but have tasted the real deal. Nowadays it's like the USA...all sort of snackeroos under one roof, everyone uses electric grills to make them. There are only two places left in HK where you can get it charcoal grilled.

                        You could in theory make this at home. I recall seeing an eggettes waffle ~$50 online (Williams Sonoma?)

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