It’s not your ordinary waffle, light and fluffy, topped with a bazillion sugary sweets. It’s Waffles de Liege, and all it needs is a little powdered sugar.
The Waffles de Liege truck is an L.A. gem, serving homemade, completely fresh, and utterly delicious waffles to Angelinos since 2010. The Liege Waffle, owners George Wu and Lawrence Tai explain, is the lesser-known fraternal twin to the Brussels Waffle, which is the popular choice in the States. The LW is made with Belgian pearl sugar, which is slightly chunkier than your regular refined stuff, giving the outside of the waffles a caramelized, crunchy texture.
Regular waffles are made with a batter, but if you’ve seen what the folks on this truck do, you’ll know you’re in for something special. They press a thick ball of dough in the waffle iron before dusting it with powdered sugar and handing it your way. The result is a treat with a slightly crunchy outside that artfully conceals the soft chewiness beneath. It doesn’t taste doughy, like you might imagine, nor is it flimsy like many Belgian waffles. You can definitely taste the quality of their ingredients, which are all fresh and totally natural.
Unlike many other waffles, each Waffles de Liege waffle is unique. Instead of conforming to the expected square or circle form, these each take their own form, however the waffle iron sees fit. This, combined with the stellar taste of the waffle itself, lets you know that this is your waffle, not some mass produced piece of overpriced cardboard. In fact, an original Liege Waffle only costs $4.50! If you think the plain and simple option isn’t enough for you, opt for the Speculoos Waffle, with fresh banana slices and Speculoos, a Belgian cookie spread that sorta takes your back to your gingerbread cookie making days. The spread melts atop the waffle, creating a sticky layer that you’ll be glad to lick off your fingers.
Find the Waffles de Liege truck whenever you can. If your mouth isn’t already watering, it will be the second you smell what’s coming from that truck. It’s called Waffle Envy, and it’s very real.
by Sienna Mintz