雞蛋仔

北角雞蛋仔

(English version at the bottom.)

說到香港, 就連住在溫哥華的我都知道, 他們有一個跟臺灣雞蛋糕一樣有名的小品叫 “雞蛋仔." 那麼到了香港就當然非吃不可阿! 依照手上的旅遊指南 (I Can 旅遊系列 03: 香港. ISBN: 978-988-18939-4-9) 的說法, 最好吃的雞蛋仔在北角這邊! 當然二話不說先殺去再說吧.

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北角雞蛋仔

北角雞蛋仔

真正的外香內酥加好吃! 剛出爐的雞蛋仔的美味, 在溫哥華完全是吃不到的! 這比臺灣的雞蛋糕又好吃好幾倍 (沒辦法, 很少有人會把雞蛋糕烤脆一點. 我個人偏好喜歡吃會有聲音的食物.)

袋子上還有戳洞, 據說是拿來讓空氣流通, 所以水氣不會積在裡面影響到口感. 這小小的地方都注意到了, 那食客我怎麼可以不去推呢?

地址: 香港北角英皇道492號

P.S: 他們的店面實在不怎麼大, 招牌也還好. 我們是走到旁邊看到有人在排隊, 才發現已經到的.

So, what is so special about these egg cake that I spent two paragraphs? We actually found this place from the tour guide that I purchased in Taiwan (ISBN: 978-988-18939-4-9 for those of you who can read Traditional Chinese.) The guide featured this as the “recommended place to visit if you want to try out Hong Kong style egg cakes."

The place is pretty small. We almost missed it without seeing a small line-up in front of the window. I will be very honest – I would fall for any food that tastes good and crunchy. In this case, the freshly baked egg cake is indeed crunchy! The taste is pretty standard – nothing out of ordinary. Nevertheless, I have to say the sweetness is right on. Often I find places making this would either make it too sweet or occasionally bitter or salty.

The window

The window

There you go, freshly baked egg cake from North Point. Now, looking for public washroom around here? Here is a tip: the mall across from here offers free public washroom. Another big plus for this location!

Chinese style bread at door

Chinese style bread at door

I had the great pleasure to visit a few breakfast places during my short stay in Taiwan.  Here is the second place I would recommend if anyone is going to Taipei for a few days.  (These places are worth visiting even if you are stopping by for a connection flight.)

The weirdest thing is that they are all in close proximity.  Naturally for those who know about the Competitive Advantage (by Michael Porter) would know that location is one key factor in the restaurant business.

The place I am reviewing now is at a stone’s throw from my previous review.  Here is the Google map for those who know how to read maps:

What is good here?  Their soy-milk is pretty good, and everything you see outside is good, too.  However, if I come here again, I would once again order their Xiao Long Bao.  To my surprise (not so surprising though) they actually have really good Xiao Long Bao’s here.  Forget about going to Din Tai Fung – the line up is long although the food is very good there.  If you come here, you will get your Xiao Long Bao within 10 minutes after ordering.

Xiao Long Bao!

Xiao Long Bao!

I am a big fan of eating huge portion breakfast.  However, I found that to be very inefficient if my goal is to maximize the chance to taste different food in town.  Because of that, I did not order a huge selection, instead, I ordered the salty cake only.

Crunchy outside, hot and salty inside, tasty!

Crunchy outside, hot and salty inside, tasty!

What?  You want a comparison between this and the previous post (here)?  I am telling you:  these two breakfast places do not compare.  We are talking about apples and oranges here (although personally I love oranges more.)

Here are some more pictures of this little treasure I found on a Sunday morning.

Breakfast

Inside

Breakfast

Price list

Breakfast

From my first visit

Breakfast

Xiao Long Bao closed up

Traditionally the Taiwanese people start their days early.  After reviewing online reviews, I decided to make the extra effort and wake up really early (for someone my age, waking up at 6:00 is probably considered early…) to visit these legendary breakfast places.

Source that prompted my visit to this place:  http://wiselyview.net/blog/read-1699.html

早餐店

Our first review

I remember walking pass by this street in 2009, and my first thought was “I am sure there are places selling good food here."  What did I know?  My instinct about food is actually pretty accurate.  There are actually several good breakfast places like this one on the east side of 杭州南路 intersecting 愛國東路.  Here is a Google Map for the exact location:

早餐店

He is the guardian of Chinese donuts...

You will most likely see this old man sitting there if you decided to swing by.  I walked pass him at least four different mornings, and he was always there.  I call him the guardian of Chinese donuts, although he did fall asleep from time to time…

Their Chinese donut is pretty good.  Freshly fried, crunchy (a bit must for me), and not too salty yet tasty.

You also want to try out their soy-milk.  It is by far the most colorful soy-milk I have drank in my entire life.  If I am to describe it – I would call their soy-milk the “deep fried version of all soy-milks."  Why?  Their soy-milk has this burnt taste in there, very much like adding a kick to a otherwise very smooth and tasty breakfast milk substitute.

Price-wise, it is very cheap and reasonable.  Personally I would still visit this place even if the price doubles.

What can you do after breakfast?  This place is right across Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall.  A walk through the memorial hall can take up to 20 minutes, or you can simply cross the street and visit another breakfast place… (to be continued.)

燒餅油條

Crunchy breakfast...

早餐

Reasonably priced

早餐

Busy place in the morning

早餐

From across the street