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Egg Waffle Recipe: Mastering Hong Kong's Beloved Street Treat

Discover how to make the perfect Egg Waffle, a beloved street food from Hong Kong. Follow our easy recipe for crispy edges and soft, eggy interiors.

June 5, 2024
Egg WafflePhoto By Canva
Servings 2 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 5 mins
Total 15 mins



  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until frothy. Add milk and vanilla extract, mixing until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, whisking continuously to ensure no lumps form.
  4. Heat your egg waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Lightly grease it with cooking spray or oil.
  5. Pour the batter into the preheated waffle iron, filling just enough to cover the nodules that form the bubbles. Close the lid and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes until golden and crispy.
  6. Carefully remove the waffle from the iron and immediately roll it into a cone or cylinder shape. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Egg Waffle
Serves 2
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15 g19.2%
Protein 10 g20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Preheat the iron. Ensure your waffle iron is fully heated before pouring in the batter to get a nice, even cook.
  • Don't overmix. Mix the batter until just combined to keep the texture light and fluffy.
  • Serve the waffles hot off the iron for optimal texture.
  • Properly grease the iron between each batch to prevent sticking and ensure easy removal.
  • Roll quickly. Shape the waffles as soon as they come off the iron before they harden to achieve the classic Egg Waffle roll or cone shape.
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Egg Waffles, known as 'Gai Daan Jai' in Cantonese, are a quintessential Hong Kong street snack. These unique waffles are famous for their light, airy texture and distinct bubble-like appearance. Making them at home might seem daunting, but with the right tools and this simple recipe, you can recreate the authentic taste of Hong Kong street food in your own kitchen.

Origins of The Egg Waffle

The Egg Waffle, a beloved street snack originating from Hong Kong, is known for its unique bubble-like appearance. Traditionally cooked in a special egg-shaped waffle iron, this treat combines a sweet, eggy batter that crisps up into a delightful texture that's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The recipe has gained international fame, enticing foodies to try making it at home with an egg waffle maker.

Egg Waffles are celebrated for their versatility. They can be enjoyed plain, which highlights their buttery, sweet flavor, or paired with fruits, ice cream, or chocolate for a decadent treat. The batter, simple to prepare, typically involves basic ingredients like eggs, sugar, flour, and milk, making it an easy experiment for weekend breakfasts or snacks.

Over the years, the popularity of egg waffles has inspired various adaptations and recipes, leading to the creation of different flavors ranging from chocolate to green tea. The key to perfecting the egg waffle lies in the cooking technique—getting the egg waffle maker hot enough and timing the cooking precisely to achieve the signature crispy yet tender consistency. Whether using traditional recipes or experimenting with new flavors, the egg waffle remains a delightful culinary adventure.


Exploring variations of the classic Egg Waffle recipe allows for creative culinary adventures. Here are a few popular twists:

  • Chocolate Egg Waffles: Mix cocoa powder into the batter and serve with chocolate syrup and whipped cream for a chocolate lover's dream.
  • Matcha Egg Waffles: Incorporate matcha green tea powder for a distinct, earthy flavor and vibrant green color, perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Cheese and Bacon Egg Waffles: Add shredded cheese and crumbled bacon to the batter for a savory version that pairs well with eggs or a dollop of sour cream.
  • Vegan Egg Waffles: Substitute eggs and dairy with mashed bananas and almond milk, ensuring those following a vegan diet can enjoy this delightful treat.
  • Gluten-Free Egg Waffles: Use a blend of gluten-free flours to cater to those with gluten sensitivities without compromising on the fluffy texture.

Each variation offers a new way to enjoy the traditional egg waffle, whether you're in the mood for something sweet, savory, or perfectly tailored to dietary needs.

How To Serve Egg Waffles?

Egg waffles can be served in a variety of delightful ways to enhance their flavor and presentation:

Sweet Toppings: Serve with fresh fruits like strawberries or bananas, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and a scoop of ice cream for a dessert treat.

Savory Options: Top with a fried egg and a sprinkle of shredded cheese for a hearty breakfast or brunch.

Dip and Enjoy: Offer a side of chocolate sauce, caramel, or sweetened condensed milk for dipping.

Simply Dust: A light dusting of powdered sugar or cinnamon can be perfect for a simpler serving option.

These serving suggestions make egg waffles versatile for any meal or occasion, allowing you to tailor them to your taste or dietary preferences.

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