A worker was pouring waffle mix into a honeycomb machine, closing and flipping it before moving on to pour mix into another machine. The smell of cooking waffles permeated the air.
This was my first sight walking into Bubble Egg, a place that specializes in treating customers to the iconic Hong Kong street snack called egg waffles. The waffles are used as cones for various ice cream flavors and toppings.
Bubble Egg features five signature waffles on its menu that has a preset theme, like the “Chocolate Wasted,” which is made of chocolate ice cream and chocolate toppings. Or you can create your own cone, ice cream and topping mix.
I ordered a “Banana Fundae” from the signature side of the menu. It came with vanilla ice cream, chocolate drizzle, flute wafers, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, whipped cream and sprinkles.
My niece, who stared wide-eyed at the egg waffle cones, created her own with chocolate ice cream and gummy bears. My nephew got a cup of Oreo ice cream with extra Oreos on top. He doesn’t like to branch out.
Because the cones are made fresh, and some of the options, like mine, take more time to dress up, the wait was a little longer than a typical scoop-and-serve ice cream shop.
The presentation of the cone was pretty. And when ice cream is pretty I’m always a little skeptical about whether it will be as tasty as it looks. A scoop of vanilla ice cream was nestled in the middle and whipped cream lined the top, with the fruit slices and wafers protruding out of the cone. The drizzle and sprinkles topped it off.
The taste was equally as good as the look. The combination of creamy ice cream and sweet fruit was in harmony with the cone. Vanilla ice cream goes with almost anything, so what really shined here was the egg waffle cone.
Even though I watched the waffles being made, because I’ve only eaten crunchy waffle cones, I expected these to be crunchy as well. Instead, they were doughy and could be eaten bubble by bubble.
Aside from the dessert, what I enjoyed most was the green space right outside the shop in the 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth development. Lawn chairs were set up and the cornhole game is available for anyone to play. It was nice to be able to kick back in a chair and watch my niece and nephew run off the sugar rush they got by gobbling down their treats, while I was still eating mine.
The cost for an egg waffle cone with ice cream is pricy, about $8, which normally would automatically knock some points off, but I found the entire dessert and experience enjoyable, so I’d say it was worth it.
Address: 1717 W. 34th St.
Hours: Noon–10 p.m. daily
Healthy options: No
Star of the show: Banana Fundae