Bubbling with excitement for Hong Kong fave
PETER CARRUTHERS WHAT could possibly be better than steaming hot semispherical waffle cells served with fruit or chocolate?
A new cafe that opened two weeks ago in the Cairns CBD is serving Hong Kong’s most popular street snack: bubble waffles.
Comfort Foodie in the Orchid Plaza on Lake and Abbott streets also serves cheese-flavoured bubble waffles and will soon add a soft serve option.
“At this stage we have the original custard flavour, cheese flavour, matcha (green tea) and chocolate flavour,” coowner Josh Hung said.
“As far as the feedback so far: the kids love it.
“It’s a traditional Hong Kong street food, but now it’s a breakfast, afternoon snack or fancy dessert for all ages.”
Bubble waffles, or “gai daan jai” in Cantonese – which translates to “little chicken eggs” – consist of 30 crispy shells with a hollow centre and a chewy bottom.
WAFFLE HAPPY: Comfort Foodie co-owner Karena Siu-Nga with the Hong Kong’s favourite street snack. Picture: PETER CARRUTHERS