Hong Kong Style French Toast. A deep-fried version of the classic French toast with peanut butter in between, lots of butter and condensed milk! A popular breakfast, snack or dessert at many Hong Kong style cafe's. This Chinese recipe is ready in 10 minutes!
What is Hong Kong Style French Toast?
Hong Kong Style French toast is made of fluffy Asian-style milk bread with peanut butter spread in between the slices. The crust of the bread is cut off to create the perfect square and then it is coated with egg and shallow fried in oil. When it is served, it comes with a cube of butter on top with condensed milk or honey. This simple treat is commonly served at many Hong Kong style cafes, or "cha-cha-teng" in Cantonese. It's a Chinese twist on a popular European dish and it's heavenly!
I absolutely love to enjoy this french toast with a warm Hong Kong style milk tea as the pair go so well together. It's truly the best afternoon snack. It's also my husband's favourite snack whenever we visit one of these cafes.
Please scroll down to below recipe card for exact measurements.
- Milk bread or egg bread: You can find this as the Asian bakery. Or substitute with regular white bread.
- Peanut butter: or substitute with any nut butter of your choice or nutella or omit completely
- Eggs: if you're vegan, you can use a egg replacer
- Neutral oil: like avocado oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil or canola oil. Avoid olive oil, coconut oil or any heavy scented oils.
- Condensed Milk, honey or maple syrup
How to make Hong Kong French toast
Evenly Spread the Peanut Butter
With three pieces of bread, spread peanut butter on 2 of the three pieces. Sandwich them together. Repeat for the other sandwich
Cut off the Crusts
Slice off the crusts of your sandwiches with a very sharp knife to create a square.
Beat the Eggs
In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs.
Coat the Sandwich
Lightly coat one sandwich in the beaten eggs.
Fry & Enjoy
In a large skillet or wok, fill it with a shallow layer of vegetable oil. Heat oil over low-medium heat (level 4 out of 10 on the dial).
Then carefully lower that sandwich into the hot oil. Fry on all sides until golden brown (15 seconds on the sides and 30 seconds on the larger surface area). Repeat the above steps for the remaining sandwich.
Enjoy hot with butter and condensed milk!
FAQ & Substitutions
Do I need to use milk bread or egg bread?
No, you can use any fluffy white bread. If you can find the square shaped kind, that works best.
Substitutes for peanut butter?
You can substitute with almond butter, nutella or any nutty spread that you enjoy!
Do I have to use peanut butter?
No, you can also omit it completely.
Substitutes for condensed milk?
Honey, maple syrup, or if you're dairy-free try used condensed coconut milk.
What kind of oil do you use to fry the french toast?
Any neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, avocado oil, canola oil, or peanut oil. Avoid any oils with a heavy scent and low smoke point.
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Hong Kong Style French Toast (10-min. Recipe)
- Butter as needed
- Condensed Milk or sub with honey or maple syrup as needed
- With 3 pieces of bread, spread peanut butter on 2 of the three pieces. Sandwich them together. Repeat for the other sandwich
- Slice off the crusts of each sandwich with a very sharp knife to create a square.
- In a large shallow bowl, beat the eggs until smooth.
- Lightly coat one sandwich in the beaten eggs.
- In a large skillet or wok, fill it with a shallow layer of vegetable oil. Heat oil over low-medium heat (level 4 out of 10 on the dial).
- Then carefully lower that sandwich into the hot oil. Fry on all sides until golden brown (15 seconds on the sides and 30 seconds on the larger surface area). Repeat the above steps for the remaining sandwich.
- Enjoy hot with butter and condensed milk!