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Hong Kong waffle at Area Four (South End)
Hong Kong waffle with pistachio ice cream and blackberry sauce at Area Four (South End)
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Where to Eat Hong Kong-Style Egg Waffles in Boston

Egg puffs and puffle cones galore

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Hong Kong waffle with pistachio ice cream and blackberry sauce at Area Four (South End)
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Whether you know them as egg puffs, eggettes, gai daan jai, or a variety of other names, bubbly Hong Kong-style egg waffles are becoming increasingly easy to find in the Boston area, more than 60 years after they reportedly began popping up at street carts throughout Hong Kong.

Once available locally solely at a cash-only cart hidden in the back of a small Chinatown food court, served plain in a paper bag, egg puffs are now appearing around Boston topped with ice cream, fried chicken, and more at bubble tea shops in Malden and even at a South End restaurant better known for its wood-fired pizzas.

Here are 12 Boston-area spots that serve Hong Kong-style waffles. Know of any others? Hit up the tipline.

Notes: Map points are listed from north to south, not ranked. This map was originally published on May 15, 2017; it is updated periodically. The most recent updates (September 5 and 19, 2017) add Allston newcomers Teamoji (which recently replaced Tealosophy) and the Hot Spot, plus the recently opened Sweet Sip in Dorchester.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cha Shu Coffee & Bubble Tea

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62 Summer St
Malden, MA
(781) 480-4867
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Snag some wifi at this Malden Center cafe, which serves up plain egg puffs at $3.99 per waffle (30 pieces). Also on the menu: a variety of coffee and tea beverages, including bubble tea; slushies and smoothies; breakfast sandwiches; gyoza and shumai; and other snacks and pastries.

Egg puffs at Cha Shu Coffee & Bubble Tea
Egg puffs at Cha Shu Coffee & Bubble Tea
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2. Monkey King Tea

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249 Highland Ave
Malden, MA
(781) 321-5464
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Located less than a mile from the Malden Center T stop, this bubble tea shop was the first to serve puffle cones in the Boston area. Keep an eye on social media for announcements of new puffle cone options, such as the black & red (red bean, black sesame ice cream, chocolate Pocky, red bean mochi), the churro, and chicken & waffles. Plain egg puffs (and sometimes flavored puffs, such as matcha or taro) are also available on the menu, along with a few other light snacks, such as bacon tots and crab rangoon (available spicy or not).

Puffle cone with churros at Monkey King Tea
Puffle cone with churros at Monkey King Tea
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3. Teamoji

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3 N Beacon St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 903-3496
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Tealosophy came under new ownership and was rebranded as Teamoji in August 2017. The new menu includes ice cream served in egg puff cones. Customers can choose from ice cream flavors such as green tea, peanut butter chip, and strawberry, plus toppings such as popping boba and crushed nuts, plus drizzles of Nutella, caramel, and more. The shop also serves bubble teas and taiyaki ice cream (ice cream served in fish-shaped pancake cones).

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Teamoji
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4. LimeRed Teahouse

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1092 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Open in Packard’s Corner as of June 2017, this cafe has two sibling locations (Amherst and Northampton); the owners were also behind Allston’s now-defunct Limoo Tea Bar. LimeRed serves its egglet waffles on their own and in sundaes and “wafflegatoes” (think of an affogato, but add an egglet waffle). Also on the menu: bubble tea, macarons, and more.

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An egglet waffle sundae at LimeRed Tea House
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5. The Hot Spot

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154 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 208-8172
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Try puffle cones stuffed full of ice cream and various toppings — or just plain egg waffles — at one of Allston’s newest restaurants. The Hot Spot focuses on Cantonese cuisine, from braised beef brisket to Hong Kong-style baked rice dishes.

Ice cream and toppings in puffle cones at the Hot Spot
Ice cream and toppings in puffle cones at the Hot Spot
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6. Egg Puffs

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42 Beach St
Boston, MA

Boston’s original purveyor of egg puffs — known simply as Egg Puffs or the Egg Puff Lady — is a tiny, cash-only cart hidden inside the food court at 42 Beach St. in Chinatown, next to the original location of Avana Sushi. $3 for one waffle, which is 30 puffs. No ice cream or candy toppings here; it’s just simple egg puffs, served hot in a paper bag. Hours can be sporadic, but the cart is open most days from around noon to 6 p.m. or so. If the egg puff lady is not there, hey, at least there’s sushi, dumplings, and Hot Eastern all in the same building.

Egg puffs at Egg Puffs
Egg puffs at Egg Puffs
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7. Ice Age

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8 Tyler St
Boston, MA

Located on the second floor of Tea Do, Ice Age opened in May 2017, serving up egg waffles with a variety of ice cream and candy toppings. Choose from ice cream flavors such as strawberry cheesecake, green tea, butter pecan, or coffee Oreo, and add unlimited toppings, from Pocky sticks, mochi, and Cookie Crisp to whipped cream, a chocolate drizzle, and condensed milk. Bonus: There are games available, including Connect Four, Uno, and Jenga.

Desserts at Ice Age
Desserts at Ice Age
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8. Shōjō

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA
(617) 423-7888
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Most of Boston’s egg waffle options are fast-casual dessert shops, but Shōjō is full-service and full of booze, so go all out. The game plan: Get your waffle fix with the chicken & waffles — a Hong Kong waffle topped with fried chicken thighs, five spice butter, and “sizurrp.” On the side, perhaps some “shadowless” duck fat fries? Wash it all down with a cocktail, such as the Kamehameha — Thai chili-infused vodka, Fire Puncher vodka (from Boston’s own GrandTen Distilling), coconut milk, and lemon. Need more waffles? The aforementioned Ice Age is directly across the street.

Chicken and waffles at Shojo
Chicken & waffles at Shōjō
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9. Double Chin

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86 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 482-0682
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Open until 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and 11 p.m. the rest of the week, Double Chin knows what you want late at night: cube toast packed full of ice cream and candy, scallion pancake sandwiches, a take on poutine that involves “kimcheese” and Sriracha mayo, and lots more. On the egg waffle front, there’s one option on the regular menu: the eggettes waffle sundae, topped with your choice of ice cream, as well as fruit and mochi. Plus, during Saturday and Sunday “boozy brunch” hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), try the egg waffle version of a breakfast sandwich, the katsu ‘n eggettes waffles: katsu, fried egg, honey gochujang, and black sesame butter tucked inside an egg waffle.

Katsu ‘n eggettes waffles at Double Chin
Katsu ‘n eggettes waffles at Double Chin
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10. Area Four (South End)

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264 E Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 317-4805
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While Area Four has become practically synonymous with “wood-fired pizza,” its newer South End location (at the Troy apartment complex) serves plenty of non-pizza items as well. The Hong Kong waffle comes out to play at brunch (served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), rolled up around pistachio ice cream and garnished with blackberry sauce and pistachios.

Hong Kong waffle at Area Four (South End)
Hong Kong waffle at Area Four (South End)
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11. Sweet Sip

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285 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 506-0745
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Alongside the proliferation of egg puffs, Thai-styled rolled ice cream has also been getting the trendification treatment around Boston lately. This new Dorchester spot mixes the two together, topping egg waffles with rolled ice cream. There’s also bubble tea and more on the menu.

Thai-style rolled ice cream on top of an egg waffle at Sweet Sip
Thai-style rolled ice cream on top of an egg waffle at Sweet Sip
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12. Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe

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389 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171
(617) 770-0088
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Part of a New York-based chain, Vivi serves a wide range of bubble teas, as well as snacks (such as “tornado fries,” a long skewer with a spiral-cut potato), soups, rice bowls, and Hong Kong waffles topped with ice cream. The Quincy shop is the only Massachusetts location of Vivi; it opened in early 2015.

Hong Kong waffle at Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe
Hong Kong waffle at Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe
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1. Cha Shu Coffee & Bubble Tea

62 Summer St, Malden, MA
Egg puffs at Cha Shu Coffee & Bubble Tea
Egg puffs at Cha Shu Coffee & Bubble Tea
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Snag some wifi at this Malden Center cafe, which serves up plain egg puffs at $3.99 per waffle (30 pieces). Also on the menu: a variety of coffee and tea beverages, including bubble tea; slushies and smoothies; breakfast sandwiches; gyoza and shumai; and other snacks and pastries.

62 Summer St
Malden, MA

2. Monkey King Tea

249 Highland Ave, Malden, MA
Puffle cone with churros at Monkey King Tea
Puffle cone with churros at Monkey King Tea
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Located less than a mile from the Malden Center T stop, this bubble tea shop was the first to serve puffle cones in the Boston area. Keep an eye on social media for announcements of new puffle cone options, such as the black & red (red bean, black sesame ice cream, chocolate Pocky, red bean mochi), the churro, and chicken & waffles. Plain egg puffs (and sometimes flavored puffs, such as matcha or taro) are also available on the menu, along with a few other light snacks, such as bacon tots and crab rangoon (available spicy or not).

249 Highland Ave
Malden, MA

3. Teamoji

3 N Beacon St, Boston, MA 02134
Teamoji
Teamoji
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Tealosophy came under new ownership and was rebranded as Teamoji in August 2017. The new menu includes ice cream served in egg puff cones. Customers can choose from ice cream flavors such as green tea, peanut butter chip, and strawberry, plus toppings such as popping boba and crushed nuts, plus drizzles of Nutella, caramel, and more. The shop also serves bubble teas and taiyaki ice cream (ice cream served in fish-shaped pancake cones).

3 N Beacon St
Boston, MA 02134

4. LimeRed Teahouse

1092 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
LimeRed Tea House
An egglet waffle sundae at LimeRed Tea House
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Open in Packard’s Corner as of June 2017, this cafe has two sibling locations (Amherst and Northampton); the owners were also behind Allston’s now-defunct Limoo Tea Bar. LimeRed serves its egglet waffles on their own and in sundaes and “wafflegatoes” (think of an affogato, but add an egglet waffle). Also on the menu: bubble tea, macarons, and more.

1092 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

5. The Hot Spot

154 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Ice cream and toppings in puffle cones at the Hot Spot
Ice cream and toppings in puffle cones at the Hot Spot
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Try puffle cones stuffed full of ice cream and various toppings — or just plain egg waffles — at one of Allston’s newest restaurants. The Hot Spot focuses on Cantonese cuisine, from braised beef brisket to Hong Kong-style baked rice dishes.

154 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134

6. Egg Puffs

42 Beach St, Boston, MA
Egg puffs at Egg Puffs
Egg puffs at Egg Puffs
Yelp/Jacqueline P.

Boston’s original purveyor of egg puffs — known simply as Egg Puffs or the Egg Puff Lady — is a tiny, cash-only cart hidden inside the food court at 42 Beach St. in Chinatown, next to the original location of Avana Sushi. $3 for one waffle, which is 30 puffs. No ice cream or candy toppings here; it’s just simple egg puffs, served hot in a paper bag. Hours can be sporadic, but the cart is open most days from around noon to 6 p.m. or so. If the egg puff lady is not there, hey, at least there’s sushi, dumplings, and Hot Eastern all in the same building.

42 Beach St
Boston, MA

7. Ice Age

8 Tyler St, Boston, MA
Desserts at Ice Age
Desserts at Ice Age
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Located on the second floor of Tea Do, Ice Age opened in May 2017, serving up egg waffles with a variety of ice cream and candy toppings. Choose from ice cream flavors such as strawberry cheesecake, green tea, butter pecan, or coffee Oreo, and add unlimited toppings, from Pocky sticks, mochi, and Cookie Crisp to whipped cream, a chocolate drizzle, and condensed milk. Bonus: There are games available, including Connect Four, Uno, and Jenga.

8 Tyler St
Boston, MA

8. Shōjō

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA
Chicken and waffles at Shojo
Chicken & waffles at Shōjō
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Most of Boston’s egg waffle options are fast-casual dessert shops, but Shōjō is full-service and full of booze, so go all out. The game plan: Get your waffle fix with the chicken & waffles — a Hong Kong waffle topped with fried chicken thighs, five spice butter, and “sizurrp.” On the side, perhaps some “shadowless” duck fat fries? Wash it all down with a cocktail, such as the Kamehameha — Thai chili-infused vodka, Fire Puncher vodka (from Boston’s own GrandTen Distilling), coconut milk, and lemon. Need more waffles? The aforementioned Ice Age is directly across the street.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA

9. Double Chin

86 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
Katsu ‘n eggettes waffles at Double Chin
Katsu ‘n eggettes waffles at Double Chin
Yelp/Veronica C.

Open until 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and 11 p.m. the rest of the week, Double Chin knows what you want late at night: cube toast packed full of ice cream and candy, scallion pancake sandwiches, a take on poutine that involves “kimcheese” and Sriracha mayo, and lots more. On the egg waffle front, there’s one option on the regular menu: the eggettes waffle sundae, topped with your choice of ice cream, as well as fruit and mochi. Plus, during Saturday and Sunday “boozy brunch” hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), try the egg waffle version of a breakfast sandwich, the katsu ‘n eggettes waffles: katsu, fried egg, honey gochujang, and black sesame butter tucked inside an egg waffle.

86 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA

10. Area Four (South End)

264 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118
Hong Kong waffle at Area Four (South End)
Hong Kong waffle at Area Four (South End)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

While Area Four has become practically synonymous with “wood-fired pizza,” its newer South End location (at the Troy apartment complex) serves plenty of non-pizza items as well. The Hong Kong waffle comes out to play at brunch (served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), rolled up around pistachio ice cream and garnished with blackberry sauce and pistachios.

264 E Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Sweet Sip

285 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122
Thai-style rolled ice cream on top of an egg waffle at Sweet Sip
Thai-style rolled ice cream on top of an egg waffle at Sweet Sip
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Alongside the proliferation of egg puffs, Thai-styled rolled ice cream has also been getting the trendification treatment around Boston lately. This new Dorchester spot mixes the two together, topping egg waffles with rolled ice cream. There’s also bubble tea and more on the menu.

285 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02122

12. Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe

389 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171
Hong Kong waffle at Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe
Hong Kong waffle at Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe
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Part of a New York-based chain, Vivi serves a wide range of bubble teas, as well as snacks (such as “tornado fries,” a long skewer with a spiral-cut potato), soups, rice bowls, and Hong Kong waffles topped with ice cream. The Quincy shop is the only Massachusetts location of Vivi; it opened in early 2015.

389 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171

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