From scrambled eggs served inside a pineapple bun, to scrambled egg patties, Hong Kong is not short of restaurants giving this beloved food their own twist. You'll be egg-cited to hear that we've cracked up some of the most unique scrambled egg dishes you can find in Hong Kong. So no yolk, no egg-scuses, you've got to try these places out. By Josephine Lau
For arguably the best char siu egg rice in town, look no further than this Tai Hang dai pai dong. This local institution attracts hordes of foodies daily, mainly for its signature dish of scrambled eggs, cooked to the perfect level of runniness, paired with tender char siu and homemade soy sauce with shallots. It’s exceptional Hong Kong comfort food at its finest.
Anyone can cook eggs, but no one does it better than the Australian Dairy Company. The breakfast set consists of fluffy and moist scrambled eggs served with rich buttery thick toast, and comes with a plate of macaroni along with char siu in chicken broth. This meal is breakfast for many Hongkongers, but it is served around the clock, and the portions are enough to satisfy hungry dinner pangs. There are other popular eggs and milk based dishes on the menu (such as the steamed egg and milk dessert) but the breakfast set is the raison d'etre of this fast paced cha chaan teng.
By day an unassuming cha chaan teng, by night this eatery specialises in omurice – scrambled eggs blanketed over rice. These uniformly golden, soft-on-the-verge-of-custard scrambled eggs, though, aren't the only factor that makes Soft Eggs Boy unique. The omurice here is topped off with an array of Asian ingredients of your choice, served in a cha chaan teng style: pork chop with house-marinated sauce ($56), Sichuan pepper octopus ($62), and their popular item, the Japanese grilled eel. If one type of topping isn't enough, then add some more! The fantail shrimps and blade steaks omurice ($78) make a scrumptiously good combo indeed. Go the extra mile and top it off with sweet corn ($6) or melted parmesan cheese ($8). The combinations are endless.
It is not difficult to understand why Mon Kee is so popular. It may be built around its namesake scrambled eggs with char siu rice, but the Quartet sandwich ($32) demonstrates genius of a more understated nature. Mon Kee reinvents the Hong Kong sandwich with ingredients that you wouldn't think would taste harmonious together – crisp, slightly charred wheat bread slathered with peanut butter, in between which are densely layered scrambled eggs filled with a generous amount of spiced pork cubes, shredded cabbage and spring onions. Boasting this combination of interplaying flavours and textures, Mon Kee is a winning lunchtime spot with sandwiches to die for.
If pairing scrambled eggs with toast is too basic for you, or if you're a fan of tomatoes, then don't hesitate and go straight to Tomato C Hing. The focus of the menu at this very serious noodle joint is its flavourful tomato broth, featuring different types of noodles and proteins of your choice, with scrambled eggs recommended as an add-on to the noodle bowl. Order the Luncheon Meat and Scrambled Eggs ($38) if you like the traditional way. But their bestseller, the Real Gentleman ($83) – comprised of Shandong beef tendons and briskets with soft scrambled eggs – is a soulful bowl of goodness that raises an eyebrow and provokes a smile.
Tucked away in Luen Wo Hui, an historic market town in Fanling known for restaurants and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere, is this old-school cha chaan teng that is adored by locals. Although it has been around since the 1970s, Hon Hing still keeps up with serving delicious food. Its most-famous dish is a 2-inch thick scrambled egg patty fried to golden perfection. Filled within are evenly spread out corned beef pieces and well-seasoned spices. It's a masterpiece that gives its own twist on the classic combo. Served with buttery toast on the side, Hon Hing is a great place to eat and experience unique local culture that one would be hard-pressed to find in the city. ($20)
The world of scrambled eggs is certainly not limited to carnivores. Green Common, a popular plant-based chain, has collabed with food technology company Just to launch the Just Scramble. It's a vegan egg alternative made from mung bean protein, so you can get your egg and protein fix minus the cholesterol, and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Just Scramble dishes on offer at Green Common changes regularly, and right now it's included in the Beyond All Day breakfast set ($118). The scrambled eggs are cooked with mixed mushrooms and onion, alongside Beyond sausage, avocado, whole wheat toast with vegan strawberry jam and mixed salad.