Enjoy a popular Hong Kong style dessert at home with my easy bubble egg waffle sundae dessert recipe which I’ve adapted using simple ingredients and an electric bubble egg waffle maker.
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Bubble egg waffles are a popular treat in Hong Kong. Some times they are called bubble waffle or egg waffle because the waffle has egg shaped bubbles. Sometimes we have extra bubble waffles which are great to snack on or have as breakfast the next day. Our family loves bubble egg waffle with ice cream, chopped fruit, and toppings!
We go to a Hong Kong style dessert shop that is not nut free but is friendly to food allergic customers. I feel comfortable about proceeding cautiously since they have a request for food allergy notifications. Not everyone has access to a Hong Kong style dessert shop, I thought it would be great to share this delicious treat with you, because I think you will LOVE it!
Comparing Bubble Egg Waffle Makers
I wanted a bubble egg waffle maker that is compact sized, affordable, and easy to use and clean. I narrowed down my options to two electric bubble egg waffle makers, one made by Cucina Pro and one made by Star Blue.
The Cucina Pro bubble egg waffle maker (affiliate link) has bubble eggs molds all the way out to the edges and makes approximately 37 bubble eggs. However if I fill the all the bubbles, the batter oozes out and runs into a groove where the metal plate meets the cover, which makes clean up a huge chore. I recommend making a smaller bubble egg waffle by not filling the outer bubbles.
The Cucina Pro maker produces tasty waffles with crispy edges and the manual contains detailed instructions on how to use it and tasty looking recipes. I like this maker except the machine I received had a crack so I returned it and ordered another one.
The Star Blue bubble egg waffle maker (affiliate link) has a very clever hexagon shaped rim around the bubble eggs, so that any overflow will be contained. As a result, the machine makes smaller waffles with about 30 bubble eggs but is less likely to lead to a giant mess.
Unfortunately all of the Star Blue waffles were too brown, almost burnt so I returned the Star Blue maker too. Star Blue contacted me to let me know that the one I received was probably defective and they sent a free replacement. A second one arrived on my doorstep shortly and it makes golden brown mess-free bubble egg waffles. Kudos to Star Blue for their excellent customer service.
Easy Bubble Egg Waffle Batter
I tried a variety of different bubble egg waffle recipes from the Cucina Pro manual and some online recipes which use ingredients such as Bird’s Custard powder, tapioca starch, butter, evaporated milk, an egg meringue, etc.. The bubble egg waffle results were good but not great and the recipes were not easy enough.
- Bird’s custard powder is a nut free egg custard mix. It’s mainly cornstarch, sugar, and annato, which is a natural food coloring. I don’t think it’s essential to the recipe and doesn’t add anything to the taste.
- Some recipes use a teaspoon of tapioca starch. It’s not worth the effort since cornstarch can do the same thing. However if someone is allergic to cornstarch, tapioca starch is a great 1:1 substitute.
- Butter is lovely but requires melting and an extra bowl to wash. It’s much easier to use olive oil (that’s what I have).
- Some recipes call for 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk and water or 5 oz of evaporated milk. I don’t like keeping canned evaporated milk around because of their short shelf-life and it’s wasteful not to use the whole can. I think that it’s a great substitute for fresh milk but since I do, I opted for the easier choice.
- I tried another recipe which calls 6 egg whites for making an egg meringue, which is extra work and takes more time. I didn’t notice any benefit except that it does make 50% more waffles than other recipes with comparable ingredient amounts.
- I also recommend making the batter and then making the waffles right away rather than allowing the batter to rest as some recipes recommend. The resulting bubble egg waffles have a good bite to them without being chewy and holds up well under the ice cream and fruit.
My recipe will not disappoint because it’s easy and tasty. I highly recommend using organic sugar and Rodelle Vanilla Extract (affiliate link) if you aren’t already. They’re simple ingredients which add a lot of taste.
It’s also easy to adapt to be dairy free, use oil instead of butter in the batter and to brush the nonstick surface and use dairy free milk, ice cream, and whipped cream. I haven’t tried an egg free version of this recipe since one of my son needs to eat eggs every day as part of his food allergy treatment. If I had some gluten free pancake mix handy, it would be easy to try making this gluten free.
Serve Bubble Egg Waffle Sundaes DIY Buffet Style
I prefer to set up the bubble egg waffle sundaes buffet style. I make the bubble egg waffles one at a time, put them on a plate, and have guests help themselves to ice cream, chopped fruit, whipped cream, toppings, and chocolate sauce so that everyone can customize their sundae dessert according to their preference. I use Straus or So Delicious ice cream or make my own homemade vanilla ice cream or no churn strawberry ice cream.
The amount of time it takes for me to make one waffle coincides nicely with the time it takes for someone to assemble their bubble egg waffle sundae. My older son loves this dessert so much, he asked me to make bubble egg waffles for his birthday party and the kids enjoyed it.
This recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and soy as written and easy to make dairy free.
Enjoy this recipe, have fun, and be sure to tag me in your photos so I can see your creative bubble egg waffle sundaes!
Easy Bubble Egg Waffle Sundae Dessert Recipe
Enjoy a popular Hong Kong style dessert at home with my easy bubble egg waffle sundae dessert recipe which I've adapted using simple ingredients and an electric bubble egg waffle maker.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup organic granulated sugar*
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup non-fat milk** 6 oz
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Rodelle vanilla extract
- Butter or olive oil for brushing approximately 1 teaspoon
- 1 pint ice cream
- 2 bananas sliced
- 1 pound fresh strawberries sliced
- whipped cream optional
- chocolate sauce optional
Plug in the bubble egg waffle maker and preheat for 5 minutes
Combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl with a whisk.
Add milk, eggs, olive oil, and vanilla extra, whisk until the wet and dry ingredients are combined and the batter doesn’t have any large lumps.
When the batter is ready and the egg waffle maker light is green, I quickly rub a stick of butter on both sides of the hot bubble egg waffle mold or use a silicone brush to brush on olive oil.
Work quickly to pour approximately ¼ cup of batter to the center of the egg waffle maker and use a heat proof spatula to even out the batter and so that the outer “bubbles” are at least partially filled (add 1-2 tablespoons more batter if needed).
Lower the top lid of the waffle maker, grab both handles and flip the waffle maker over to coat the other side, and set a timer for 2 minutes. The waffles are ready when the top lid puffs up a tiny bit and you can see from the side that the waffles are golden brown.
Remove the waffle from the egg waffle maker. (I find it easier to loosen it from the top lid onto the plate rather than lift it up from the bottom lid)
Serve with ice cream and toppings, repeat with the remaining batter.
*I use organic sugar because it tastes better. If you use conventional sugar, you might want to add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of sugar if desired.
**If you don't have non-fat milk, you can use low-fat, whole milk, or other non-dairy milk, except don't use buttermilk 😉
Milk allergy: you can adapt this recipe by using olive oil instead of butter and dairy free milk instead of cow's milk.
Actual calories may vary depending on the serving size and types of ice cream, fruit, and topping you use. One plain waffle is 328 calories.
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