traditional bubble waffles...

Our beloved Kong is a public transportation wonderland. Pick your favorite. taxi. mtr (subway). tram. double decker. And our F1 doppelganger -- minibuses (basically fast driving vans that operate as buses). My children prefer the mtr as every mtr station has food stalls. As soon the mtr slows to a crawl at our station the begging begins. Mama, can I have a waffle? noodles? shu mai? But ever since my son was diagnosed with celiac disease, half of my pair can't enjoy the yummy bubble waffles (gai daan tsai). Then just the other day I stumbled upon this egg waffle recipe at Williams Sonoma. I was quite surprised that they have the gai daan tsai recipe and the pan.  I purchased my waffle pan on Hong Kong's Shanghai Street as Williams Sonoma does not ship to Hong Kong. I substituted gluten free flour for the cake flour and abracadabra we can enjoy egg waffles for an after school snack. 

Ever the multitasker, I began by melting the butter while sifting my gluten free flour, salt, baking soda and a just a touch of grated nutmeg.

Then I whisked the egg yolks, milk, vanilla, melted butter and granulated sugar all together.  

I mixed the the wet and dry ingredients together and then gently folded in the egg whites. It should be a bit runnier than pancake batter and thicker than crepe batter. 

Now its time to heat up the egg waffle iron. After the iron's warm, brush it with oil. The Williams Sonoma recipe calls for vegetable oil, but I used grape seed oil due to its higher flash point. Just in case I should leave the iron on the burner too long. It's been known to happen... 

Pour in enough batter to fill up the bubbles on the bottom of the pan. I used a pancake dispenser to be sure I didn't make a huge mess. Close the top onto the bottom of the pan and quickly flip it over.  Flipping the pan allows the batter to cover both sides and develops the traditional egg or bubble shape. Let each side cook for about one or two minutes depending on how hot your burner is set.

Let the waffles cool off for a couple minutes on a wire rack prior to serving. My waffle iron turned out over ten waffles whereas the Williams Sonoma recipe states their pan makes five waffles. After looking at the online pictures I'm fairly certain my waffle iron is smaller than theirs. 

The children were famished after school and quickly gobbled all the waffles up before I could experiment with toppings. Next time I will try the gai daan tsai with powdered sugar, a sprinkling of cocoa, nutella, or maybe a generous smear of peanut butter. Wow, they would probably also be delish as a sandwich. Could even add sprinkles for a birthday breakfast!


 all photos by Heidi Selch

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I will miss this the most when it comes time to leave Hong Kong (other than friends of course). Seriously, I can just pop into the beach on the way to to do groceries, the butcher, the doctor and the gym. And I do. I am there more in the winter than the summer. Probably the irony of it all. Most of the locals think its freezing outside when the mercury lowers to 60F. And then there are still diehards swimming in the ocean. I'm sure they are thinking that chubby gweilo could move a little faster. Oh, well, I'm the only gweilo there.

I have a chock full schedule this week (who doesn't?), but looking forward to some new challenges. Before I head to pilates here's a few snippets to enjoy...

  • We had friends over for dinner and I baked this chocolate flourless cake. It was delicious. You would have never guessed it was gluten free. 
  • Friends and family at home doubt me when I tell them that in Hong Kong people line up to get into numerous luxury stores (think Hermes and Chanel). I am not kidding. Here's an article with photos to prove it. But it's still insane no matter how you slice it!
  • Have you ever seen children dressed up as old people for Halloween? Adorable? Well now you don't have to wait for Trick or Treat. Check out Zachary Scott's photography of children dressed as old people. My fav is the girl with a cane and babushka.
  • Last week a wrote a post for Live Sigma Kappa regarding the pantone color of the year, marsala. Check it out for tips on adding marsala into your home. 
  • For those of you who eat gluten free for weight loss or celiac disease, Sassy has published a new 2015 Gluten Free Guide in Hong Kong. My son loves the gluten free pizza at Pizza Express, but be sure to call ahead. Sometimes they are out of gluten free dough.
  • I finally started the BBC series Sherlock Holmes. It is quite good if you need a tv break. It's available on netflix. 
Hope you all have a great Monday!



show and tell...

Seize the moment. Remember all the women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
-Erma Bombeck

So here we are just barely two weeks into the new year. Are you keeping up with your resolutions? As you can see, mine was clearly not to cut out all sugar. Everything in moderation. Right? I did resolve to be healthier not eliminate entire food groups. This week I am keeping my commitment and visiting a dietitian. I'll be sure to pass along any and all fab tips. But first here are some snippets I found I thought you might enjoy...
  • The snickerdoodles above are gluten free and delicious. I found a great recipe on pinterest. Check out my board full of other gluten free options. 
  • While surfing on a lazy Sunday, I stumbled across David Sedaris' short story in The New Yorker.  It's as good as everything else he's written. Pour yourself a cup of tea and 
  • Whose child doesn't like legos? Have you checked out the new bird legos? The set includes a hummingbird, robin and blue jay.  They are pretty cool! 
  • Ok, I had just figured out how to wake up to music on my iPhone from my playlist. Did you know you can use Pandora as a wake up station as well? Not me either! And you can listen to Pandora to fall asleep also. Give it a whirl. 
  • Over break I finally joined the masses and binge watched all of Broadchurch (available on Netflix). If you haven't watched it you definitely should try it. But I would skip the American version (Gracepoint is available on hulu). Not nearly as good and I had trouble with David Tennant with an American accent. And the American version has been cancelled already anyhow. 


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