Mammy Pancake (Hong Kong)

Bubble waffles or Hong Kong egg waffles, whatever you refer to them as, they are fragrant bite-sized pastries that works as a breakfast or as a snack. It’s also generally eaten plain without syrup, powdered sugar, or whipped cream.

Hong Kong has no shortage of stores that sell the sweet – you’ll know you’re in the vicinity as the sugary caramelized pastry smell tantalizes the nose. With so many places to choose from, I had to rely on reviews; visiting one that even Michelin recommends.

Mammy Pancake is well known, a weekday 11am visit yielded a handful of people already waiting for the treat. Made fresh, the process takes less than 10 minutes, but seems like forever on the narrow street, especially the part where the waffles are cooling down on the curved wire rack by fan.

With tons of flavours to choose from we decided against the more exciting flavours like salty egg yolk and went with original ($20) and green tea ($24) – after all, I had to try one in its natural form.

Biting into each, I enjoyed the crispy crust but the batter was poured too thick so the centre was really dense and spongy. If you enjoy a heavier filling bubble waffle, this one’s for you. Since I like them airy and light, it was a huge disappointment.

While you could smell the matcha essence in the waffle, the green tea flavour needed to be more pronounce. The original one merely had a taste of vanilla cake with none of the custardy egg essence you’d expect.

With so many bubble waffle vendors across the city, I’m surprised Mammy Pancake was chosen to be one of the best. What I like most about the Hong Kong egg waffles is its delicate airiness… if I wanted a dense heavy waffle, I’d stick with the Belgian.

How To Find Them
 Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
 Address: 8-12E Carnarvon Road

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