Where does your family stand on street food? Doesn’t even matter because Hong Kong egg waffles are a surefire crowd pleaser, whether you have picky eaters or adventurous foodies. Because what’s not to like about waffles that you eat out of a paper bag?
There isn’t a definitive origin story for the gai daan jai, which means “little chicken eggs” in Cantonese. Some say it was first created and sold by an entrepreneurial street food vendor finding use for discounted damaged eggs; others say it was an inventive hawker who was forced to make an eggless batter during post-war scarcity when eggs were considered a luxury. Or it could just be the egg-shaped domes made by the iron skillet mold.
Ask around and people will talk about the famous egg waffles in North Point or Sai Wan Ho. But personally I think you’re setting yourself up for disappointment if you go too far out of your way in search of “the best”. Egg waffles are more about serendipity. If your errands – or your JrMagellan Expeditions – happen to take you past a vendor just when you could use an afternoon pickup? Trust me, those will be the best tasting gai daan jai you could ever have.
But just to put it out there – probably because my errands seem to me past it quite often – one of my favorite egg waffle vendors is Lee Keung Kee North Point Eggette in Wan Chai in the small plaza area near the A4 and A5 exits of the Wan Chai MTR station, near the intersection of Hennessy Road and O’Brien Road.