Healthy Egg Waffles – the original Hong Kong style

Healthy Egg Waffles – the original Hong Kong style

Making your own healthy version of the famous Hong Kong bubble waffles right at home? Yes you can! Using spelt flour and low-fat or non-dairy milk, this is the ultimate recipe for a healthier egg waffle!

There are a few keys to achieve that perfect texture but are all simple enough. Make sure to read on and stick by ’em! They look and taste like no other – an absolutely delight!

The Hong Kong Egg Waffles have been the IT street-food for many years and taken social media by storm in the last few years. Places like Oddies in Sheung Wan are ranked top on most food and travel guides (including friends’ recommendations). And of course, the waffle “bubble” has spread to the West too, thanks to the commercialisation of the egg waffle pans and increasing demand from world food fans.

Healthy Hong Kong Egg Waffles

As inherent in its name, they are made with a rich egg-based batter with leavened flour, starch (for the chewiness), full-fat milk or cream, abundant toppings and flavours. Crispy on the outside, creamy and chewy on the inside, often loaded with endless decadent sweets from ice cream, chocolate, matcha, sweet beans to fruits and even unimaginable savoury flavours.

However, we will save these treats for our next trip to Hong Kong and make a light and healthy version of these bubble waffles right at home and right this weekend!

The keys to Hong Kong style egg waffles

Unlike their Western peers, the Hong-Kong style bubble waffles are unique in their texture – fluffily leavened, crispy outter, a bit stretchy and chewy inside each hollow. These are the tips I’ve gathered in my research before the first attempt. They worked like charms!

The egg waffle pan: Of course, we can’t make these bubble waffles without the right waffle iron. You can buy them relatively cheaply on Amazon these days.. Here are where you can get them

Where to buy in US – $24 pan OR $41-Nordic Wave   

Where to buy in UK – Yosoo Aluminum Alloy Egg Waffle Pan

Where to buy in Europe – There are a few options on Amazon.de, ranging from EUR 17-25.  I bought the Yosoo pan for EUR 25 that comes with free shipping

Bubble Waffle Pan from Amazon

The flour – spelt flour! The classic egg waffles are made with cake flour or light and low-gluten all purpose flour with a generous amount of baking soda added. Unfortunately they’re also low in nutrition so we’ll nix them! Luckily, fine spelt flour tick all the boxes: light and lower in gluten!

Fluff factor – baking soda! Yes, we’ll need more than in the usual pancake/waffle recipes – about 1.5tsp on 2/3cup of flour (see ingredient list)

The crisp – eggs! Eggs act as binding, leaven, and crisp agents in our classic version. For vegan versions, we’ll use an egg-substitute that you can easily find at local store 😉

The chewiness – tapioca starch! This is a must! These days it is widely available at any Asian store. I doubt you could replace it with any other starch

The creaminess – evaporated milk and pudding/custard powder: We won’t need much of these two ingredients but they’re key to create the texture of the original egg waffles.

Heat and timing are key! The waffle pan needs to be hot and oiled to avoid sticking. First, make sure to heat both sides of the iron for about 1 min. Then, fill up half to 2/3 of each hollow with the waffle batter. Close the latch and flip the pan.  Cook for about 2 ½ minutes on medium low heat. Flip and open latch for the steam to escape. Let it cook for another 2 ½ minutes and it’s ready

Egg waffle pan

Stick by these golden “rules” and you’ll get some perfect bubble waffles that taste just as good as the originals in Hong Kong and much healthier.

Ingredients are simple enough

Ingredients for Hong Kong Egg Waffles

The trickiest parts are probably tapioca starch and evaporated milk, depending on where you are. Please see recipe notes below for substitutes.

Healthy Egg Bubble Waffles
Hong Kong Egg Waffles on plate
Healthy Egg Bubble Waffles to go
Or to-go!

Hope you’ll give it a try and look forward to seeing your beautiful creations on Instagram or Facebook #food2fit

If you need to wait first for your waffle pan to arrive, you can try these delicious matcha waffles or savoury cornbread waffles in the mean time.

Healthier Hong Kong Bubble Waffles /The original Egg Waffles
These home-made bubble waffles are a healthy version of the famous Hong Kong egg waffles. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, creamy yet not overly rich – they are as bad-ass as the famous Hong Kong street food but without the tummy guilt! The topping possibilities are endless and will go as far as your creativity does. Equipment: Egg waffle pan
Author: H.P.
Ingredients
Dry ingredients
  • ¾ cup/120gr light & low-gluten flour – I find that spelt flour works best while ticking or the nutrient values
  • 3 tbsp/28gr tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp/10gr custard powder. I actually used pudding powder made from corn starch vs. custard powder that sometimes contains powdered egg
  • 1.5 tsp/7.5gr baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
Wet ingredients
  • 2 eggs / ~110gr
  • 2 tbsp / 40gr (coconucondensed milk
  • 2 tbsp / 28gr evaporated milk * can be subbed with coffee cream/half-and-half – see note
  • 140 gr water
  • 1 tsp / 7gr mild olive oil OR canola oil
  • ½ tsp/3ml vanilla extract
  • coconut oil spray for the waffle pan
Toppings – your choice! These are my favourites
  • Ricotta – whipped with honey/maple syrup and basil
  • Fruits or fruit compotes such as peaches nectarines, and the berries
Instructions
  1. In a blender, mix all wet ingredients and blend until smooth
  2. Mix all dry ingredients and shift onto the wet mix
  3. Blend until all flour is dissolved
  4. Pour through a sieve into a large measuring cup (easier to pour into the waffle pan)
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You can also leave it overnight (I did!)
  6. Heat both sides of the waffle pan on stove for about 1 min on medium high heat
  7. Lower the heat to medium low and pour in the batter
  8. Close the latch and flip the pan
  9. Cook for 2 ½ minutes – you should see the pan wiggling as the waffle puffs up
  10. Open the latch for steam to escape
  11. Flip and cook set timer for another 2 ½ minutes
  12. Take it out using a stick or bamboo skewer
  13. Fold it gently to form the cone shape
  14. Load up with fillings and toppings of choice
  15. Best to enjoy while they’re still piping hot
Recipe Notes

(1) Flour: most original recipes call for cake flour or all purpose flour which is very fine, low fibre and low gluten flour. Opt for fine spelt flour or a mixture of spelt and millet flour to achieve same texture while amping up the nutrition
(2) Evaporated Milk: is “unsweetened condensed milk” with about 60% of the water removed from fresh milk and without any added sugar. It is thicker and creamier than normal milk, similar texture to coffee cream or half-and-half but much lower in sugar & fat content (usually 4-8%) while higher in protein.



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