Alert, all food lovers! Street food hawkers coming out in force just in time for the Chinese New Year! Yeah! Yummy street food for all! Hurry, hurry!
But wait...we should explain first. Hong Kong used to be a wonderland for eating street food about a decade or so ago. But then the Hong Kong government decided to
The point here that I make is that when Chinese New Years rolls around the Hong Kong street hawkers start sneaking out again. I think maybe the police are more lax at this time of the year. Not too sure. So anyways, yesterday, on our way back from a late night snack, we saw our first street hawker, hawking nothing less than one of our favorite Hong Kong street food snacks, the Little Chicken Eggs, also known as Gai Daan Jai, or 雞蛋仔. These are pancake-like eggettes made from eggs, sugar, flour and evaporated milk and have been a favorite Hong Kong street food since the 1950's! I squealed in delight when we first spotted the cart and, of course, even though we were really full already, we had to get some freshly made Little Chicken Eggs!
The street hawkers of Little Chicken Eggs usually use charcoal stoves to bake the little eggettes, fanning madly away with one hand, orange sparks flying into the night air. And everyone knows that the flavor is better if you use a charcoal stove. Crunchy on the outside, half air and half chewy fluffy sweet bread on the inside. You get to break off one "little chicken egg" at a time and pop it into your mouth. Fun and delicious at the same time! So, dear street food lovers, please be on the lookout and good luck to you to spot delicious street food hawkers during this festive Chinese New Year season!
Happy Chinese New Year! May your heart's desire be attained! 心想事成!
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