I can’t decide what name I like better: eggettes, egg waffles or egg puffs. I like the name eggettes but every time I type it out it looks like I spelled it wrong. Egg waffles sounds too plain. Egg puffs sounds cool except it’s the name I hear the least when referring to this Hong Kong street sweet.
As a brief recap to those who haven’t heard of eggettes/egg puffs/egg waffles, they are a Hong Kong dessert, often sold by street vendors. The sweet pancake-like batter is cooked in a special pan that creates a honeycomb shape. The connecting layer is crisp while the egg shaped puffs are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It’s fun to break apart and they are delicious to munch on.
After successfully making the original flavor egg puffs with my Nordicware egg waffle pan (available at William Sonoma), I decided to venture into more flavors. I had just consumed some pandan sauce recently so my mind was on pandan.
Like thousands of others, after watching The Avengers movie in theater last year, I left wanting to eat shawerma.
That led to me buying a google offer for Aladdin, a Lebanese restaurant, which offers shawerma on their menu.
Aladdin Meza Platter ($27) Hommos, tabouleh, baba ghanouj, chicken and lamb shawerma, dolma, falafels, aladdin’s hot sauce, garlic sauce, pickles, served with pita bread
To get a good idea of what the restaurant has to offer, we started with the Meza platter, which offers almost a little of everything in the restaurant. I’m not sure why this was listed in the entree section instead of the appetizer section, since it was recommended to us as an appetizer.
This was a lot of food. We actually had a hard time choosing entrees after this because a lot of the ones we were considering were already covered in this platter.
One thing I noticed was that a lot of the dishes had a strong lemon taste. Unfortunately, I don’t really like lemon in my food, so I found a lot of the dishes to be pleasant until the sour acidic taste of the lemons hit. My favorite ones ended up being the non-lemon flavored dishes. Here’s some close-ups of some of the appetizers: