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Have it for breakfast, for dessert, or together with fried chicken, even—waffles are indisputably one of the most versatile gastronomic treats in the world. Its grooved, honeycomb-like surface provides perfect little pockets to hold onto sauces, syrups, and a host of other delicious fixings, but beyond lending itself as a superior edible vessel, there is an art to a great waffle: the exterior should be crisp and stand up to all sorts of toppings without immediately turning into soggy disappointment, while the inside should be fluffy, tender, and full of buttery flavour. Read on for the best spots in Hong Kong to get your waffle cravings satisfied.
Living up to its namesake, Green Waffle Diner is the place to fill up on all-American diner fare, with flavourful, airy waffles being its biggest claim to fame. What really sets it apart is its extensive variety—and not one bad pick in the mix! If you have a palate for savoury delights, consider your brunch sorted with the fried chicken and waffles ($138) or health-focused avocado scrambled egg white with gluten-free buckwheat waffles ($118).
For dessert, treat yourself to the pandan or chocolate chip waffle with next-level toppings, such as Bananas Foster ($88), caramel apple ($86), and homemade marshmallow rocky road ($86)—all accompanied by a scoop of velvety ice cream, of course.
Egg waffles are Hong Kong’s pride and joy, which means competition among purveyors vying for the title of egg waffle supremacy is particularly fierce. Yet, this unassuming hole-in-the-wall in Shau Kei Wan manages to attract more than its fair share of customers. Expect to wait in line for your egg waffles to get cooked fresh, but trust that the piping hot spheres of crispy golden goodness are worth the wait. Using a tried-and-true original egg waffle recipe as a canvas for creativity, the shop touts a range of unique flavours like apple and plum ($30), salted egg yolk ($32), and even the polarising hot spicy sausage ($32).
Master Low-Key Food Shop, Shop B3, G/F, 76A Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan | (+852) 6986 8500
We love this neighbourhood chicken joint for its juicy and flavoursome hormone-free birds, but perhaps our favourite way to relish them is atop a warm bed of freshly-made waffles! A bestseller on the menu, the indulgent chicken and waffles ($150) comes with crispy buttermilk fried chicken and a thick and delightfully chewy waffle, alongside peri-peri butter, maple syrup, and a sprinkle of fresh green scallions. If you’ve got a hearty appetite, you can easily double ($65) or triple ($95) the chicken for an additional charge.
The spacious and striking venue outfitted in red vinyl booths and blue tiles will lure you into Griddy’s Waffles & Cocktails, but it’s the namesake items that will keep you coming back. Waffles here are made Liege-style, with different batters for savoury and sweet varieties.
The mushroom waffle burger ($118) and chicken and waffle ($118) are solid options, but for a truly gourmet experience, the duck confit waffle ($188) is your winning pick. The toasty, savoury waffle infused with scallions and the slow-cooked French duck leg are expertly paired with rocket, figs, and a luscious honey beetroot sauce, resulting in an explosive sensation of flavours. On the sweet side of the spectrum, choose from the cinnamon apple waffle ($108), tiramisu waffle ($128), and caramel banana waffle ($108).
Griddy’s Waffles & Cocktails, Shop G05, G/F, Ocean Popwalk, 28 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O | (+852) 2321 0299
Between the colourful, kitsch interiors, cartoonish murals, and quirky menu peppered with tongue-in-cheek humour, Mamaday takes whimsical turns at every corner. Similarly, its waffle selection is anything but conventional, playing matchmaker with unique flavours like purple sweet potato ($86) and homemade caramel crunch with cheese milk foam and sea-salted ice cream ($86).
Adventurous eaters can try out the What-so-ever ($86) and let themselves be surprised by whatever gourmet waffle creation Mamaday has cooked up for the day! Before succumbing to the urge to tuck right in, don’t forget to snap some photos and take a moment to appreciate the beautiful, artsy presentation.
While coffee lovers and Instagrammers flock to Lex Coffee for its custom printed coffee art, we urge you to turn your attention to its waffles, the sleeper hits of the menu. Coming in towering golden stacks topped with ice cream and a medley of fixings, Lex Coffee’s waffles are not only photogenic, but also deliver real satisfaction to your tummy through generous portions and premium-quality ingredients. The signature mixed berries waffle (starting from $98) is complemented by vanilla ice cream, a rich chocolate sauce, and caramelised bananas that are brûléed to the point of shattering crunchiness when you bite in!
Lex Coffee, 100 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2149 9633
Nestled amid San Po Kong’s unassuming industrial blocks, WoZi is a well-kept secret that waffle aficionados will want to discover and then keep all to themselves. Done up in a cosy palette of teal and muted greys, and furnished with light wood and homely fittings, the café’s inviting atmosphere lends itself well to casual dining and feasting on comfort-driven bites—such as its famed waffle sandwiches.
Stuffing drool-worthy fillings like slow-cooked pork belly ($99), slow-cooked Sichuan-style mouth-watering chicken ($109), and tuna salad ($89) in-between crisp-edged waffles, these expertly executed mains will have any sceptic converted to savoury waffle pairings in no time.
Sweet tooths will equally find themselves right at home here as they toggle between classic varieties like the caramel banana waffles ($88) and green tea and red bean waffles ($88), and the novel “moffles” ($66), a one-of-a-kind, chewy waffle creation made with glutinous mochi batter.
WoZi, G/F, 36 Yan Oi Street, San Po Kong | (+852) 2796 0001