Delicious, easy to cook, and chock full of nutrients, eggs always make a delightful meal, no matter how you like them prepared. Ahead, check out our top picks for the best Cantonese egg dishes to try in Hong Kong, including waffles, fried rice, and more
Ah, the humble egg. The breakfast staple, a longtime trusty companion to toasts, and the perfectly versatile ingredient for countless cuisines worldwide—it’s no secret that the egg is one of the most universally beloved food.
Frying, scrambling, boiling, and baking… there are plenty of ways to cook and enjoy it. Among all these varieties, though, what is the most popular, classic way Hongkongers make their eggs?
Here, we’re putting the spotlight on all the iconic Cantonese egg dishes you should know and try in Hong Kong. From dim sum staple, egg tarts; to cha chaan teng classics, scrambled egg rice and loaded sandwiches, there's a delicious egg treat to satisfy every palate.
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1. Egg tarts
How can one say no to freshly baked egg tarts? A teatime staple at cha chaan teng, this iconic sweet treat comes in a variety of styles featuring flaky or cookie crusts, both filled with a creamy, fragrant egg custard. Top-notch egg tarts are made with the right filling-to-crust ratio, and are best enjoyed with a cup of classic Hong Kong-style silk stocking milk tea.
Where to try it:
Tin Lung Heen
At Tin Lung Heen, the well-loved Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, egg tarts are baked to perfection with flavourful, smooth filling. Using fresh eggs imported from Hubei province, these pastries taste richer than the standard ones do with clearly separated layers of flaky, crispy crust to delight your tastebuds.
Tin Lung Heen, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com/hongkong
Another Michelin-starred spot to get your egg tart fix, Rùn at St Regis Hong Kong interprets the classic treat with a tried-and-tested recipe featuring quality Japanese eggs. The crust is delightfully buttery and flaky, while the filling is velvety smooth, without being overly sweet.
Those with more adventurous palates will love Check-In Taipei’s modern egg tarts, which are exclusively available at its Tsim Sha Tsui branch at Harbour City. A Cantonese iteration of the iconic Taiwanese pineapple cake, these treats are made in rectangular sizes that are different from your usual egg tarts, but they’re just as good.
Always served piping hot, the tarts have a buttery, crumbly shortcrust, complementing the delicious caramelised egg custard and mochi filling.
Check-In Taipei, Shop 2204-6, 2/F, Harbour City, Gateway Arcade, 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3595 0995; checkintaipei.hk
2. Scrambled egg rice
If you’re looking for some good ol’ comfort food that’s quick and filling, scrambled egg rice offered at cha chaan teng is always a good choice.
The silky-smooth layered eggs are the focal point, which are often accompanied by honeyed barbecued pork or fresh shrimps, topped with soy sauce and shallots, resulting in a comforting rice dish that’s rich in texture and flavour.
Where to try it:
Kwong Wing Catering
Kwong Wing Catering has a loyal following across the city thanks to its excellent food offered at affordable prices. Everyone comes here for its famed fried pork chop rice with scallion oil, but really, it’s their scrambled egg rice dishes that will make you fall in love with this place.
Aside from the classic barbequed pork drizzled with XO sauce, there’s also a wide selection of toppings to choose from, including fried chicken chop, satay beef and fish fillet—all served with generous layers of eggs that are cooked to the perfect level of runniness.
Kwong Wing Catering, various locations across Hong Kong; facebook.com/kwongwingcatering
Shun Hing Restaurant
For an authentic take on the scrambled rice dish, you can never go wrong with Shun Hing Restaurant’s offerings. Its signature egg rice with char siu has crowds queuing up all day long, which boasts a delicious combination of tender pork, homemade soy sauce, and creamy scrambled eggs, making every bite simply heavenly. The restaurant also offers other toppings to choose from, including shrimp and beef.
Shun Hing Restaurant, G/F, 5 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
3. Egg waffles
Affectionately known as gai daan zai to locals, egg waffles are universally liked for their rich egg aroma and distinct texture: crispy on the outside, warm and fluffy inside. It's one of the best local grab-and-go street snacks to enjoy when sweet cravings hit.
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