Popular street food in Hong Kong. These are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Gai Daan Jai (Tsai) means Little Chicken Eggs. Other names include Puffe, Bubble Waffle, Eggettes, Egg Puffs and I am sure there are other names. Served for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Either served flat or rolled with fruit in the center. You must have a special egg waffle pan to make these. You can find a nice one at Williams Sonoma.
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups cake flour (use Cake Flour Substitute if you have none on hand)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- canola oil (for cooking, other veggie oil will work)
- powdered sugar
- fresh fruit
- Whisk together egg yolks, milk, vanilla, butter and sugar until well combined.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
- Bea egg whites to medium peaks.
- Whisk egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture until there are no lumps.
- Fold in one-third of the egg whites to the batter and stir until lightened.
- Gently fold in the remaining egg whites in 2 additions.
- Set a wire rack out.
- Preheat both sides of the pan over medium heat until hot.
- Lightly brush each side with oil an pur batter into the center of one side and swirl it out a bit. Immediately place the other side of the pan on top, flip the pan and cook for 2 minutes or a bit more.
- Flip the pan over and cook until the waffle is golden brown on the other side - about 2+ minutes.
- Open the pan and tip the egg waffle out onto the rack. Let it cool for a couple minutes before serving.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar and enjoy. Or put syrup on it.
- Optionally, lay fresh fruit and/or coconut on one side and roll it up for a great hand held snack.
- Be creative with the additions.
- The cooking time is for 1 waffle.
- Some people break apart the eggs. This is great for young children.