My quest to develop diabetes continued on Sunday with an unnecessarily long jaunt to funky Chinatown for one of New York City’s trendiest new treats — Eggloo, from the eatery of the same name.
My knowledge of Chinese food starts with Fried Rice and ends at General Tso’s Chicken, which means I had never heard of “egg waffles” prior to their newfound popularity. Naturally, I assumed it was an egg-flavored waffle because I’m an idiot. But as I learned on Sunday, it’s absolutely nothing like that.
The treat — popular in Hong Kong — is pretty much a regular sweet-tasting waffle. Where it differs from the ones they serve at Denny’s is that egg waffles are made of small, detachable balls which makes it easier to eat than regular waffles (or harder if you’re a savage who prefers to scarf down your food).
Egg waffles are now experiencing a viral boost thanks to the intensely Instagrammable creations at Eggloo — which pair the detachable balls with a scoop of ice cream and then do the whole “insane toppings” thing.
Like the Black Tap and its absurd milkshake abominations, I assumed the viral-ness of Eggloo meant a long line, so I intended to get there a few hours before opening. That plan was dashed when I accidentally walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.
How the hell do you accidentally walk across a mile-long bridge? I don’t know, okay?! But it taught me never to skip breakfast again.
After walking for what felt like 40 days and 40 nights with gusty 40 mph winds pushing me along, and stopping to take some cool scenery pictures I’ll probably never print out, I caught a cab to take me back to the city and straight to Eggloo. I got there 15 minutes before opening to find no lines and nothing alerting me that this was a place open for business. I’m pretty sure I would’ve cried and fainted if that were the case, but it wasn’t: 10 minutes after my arrival, I saw a Chinese man enter the nondescript building. Soon after, three more people entered and they definitely didn’t look like workers. I ignored the “Closed” sign hanging in front of the building’s window and walked in to find the three patrons seated inside.