Hong Kong Style French Toast. Layered French toast stuffed with peanut butter, coated in egg and shallow fried. Delicious with condensed milk and butter. A popular Hong Kong café dessert!
French toast is probably my second favourite thing next to crepes! I love how easy it comes together and it only requires very few ingredients if you don’t get too fancy. It’s delicious, filling and so good with a sweetener over top. I tend to have it for breakfast if I want to keep things simple and if I don’t feel like whipping out a mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons to make crepes, pancakes or waffles.
But today I’m sharing an Asian twist to French Toast that is very popular at many Hong Kong Style cafes! It is more of a dessert than a breakfast item and it’s very indulgent! At most HK style cafes, it’s served as an afternoon teatime special.
What is Hong Kong French toast?
It’s thick Asian milk or egg bread and is layered with peanut butter or a spread of your choice. 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 butter on top with maple syrup, honey or condensed milk.
Easy to make!
My Hong Kong French toast recipe is very easy to make and only requires 6 ingredients or 4 if you don’t count butter and the condensed milk. It comes together in less than 10 minutes for one serving!
Tips for making the best Hong Kong French toast
- Spread the peanut butter between your bread before your slice off the corners of your bread. This allows a clean line and makes it easy for you to dip and coat your French toast.
- Don’t over spread your peanut butter. Just a thin layer will do or when you fry it, it will leak out and spill into your oil turning it brown which will make your French toast char.
- Keep your oil at low-medium heat (Level 4 out of 10). If you keep it on medium, be prepared to cook your French toast on all sides very quickly or it’ll burn.
- Only cook your French toast on each side until golden brown (about 15 seconds for the sides and 30 seconds for the larger surface areas).
Hong Kong style French toast filling
Go wild with your Hong Kong Style French Toast. Feel free to use jam, Nutella, or any spread that will stay put and not leak out.
Do I need to stuff my French toast?
No, it’s all up to you! You may omit the filling from the French toast but if you do, you won’t be able to stack it like a thick sandwich.
Do I need to use Asian milk or egg bread?
No but if you want to make it easier while coating the bread in egg and frying it in hot oil, it’s easier to use square shape bread so it lies flat.
Is French toast meant to be crispy?
Yes this particular style is meant to be crispy on the outside while soft on the inside.
Why does my French toast taste like eggs?
French Toast is meant to carry an egg like taste as it coated in eggs.
Why does my french toast come out soggy?
You may have dipped the sandwich in the eggs for too long. It is important not to leave your French toast in the egg mixture to soak and only lightly coat it in egg.
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For this recipe
You will need the following ingredients for Hong Kong style French toast:
- 6 pieces square milk or egg bread
- 4 tbsp heaping peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- Cooking oil
- Condensed Milk, honey or maple syrup
How to make Hong Kong French toast
With three 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 your sandwiches with a very sharp knife to create a square.
In a shallow bowl, whisk 2 eggs.
In a deep pan, fill it with a shallow layer of cooking oil (avocado or vegetable). Bring it to low medium heat (level 4 out of 10). Do not bring it to medium or the toast will burn.
Lightly coat one sandwich in egg
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 step and this step for the second sandwich.
Enjoy hot with butter and sweetener of your choice!
Give it a try!
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Hong Kong Style French Toast (10-min. Recipe)
- Condensed Milk honey or maple syrup
- With three pieces of bread, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on 2 of the three pieces. Sandwich them together. Repeat for the other sandwich
- Slice off the crusts of your sandwiches with a very sharp knife to create a square.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk 2 eggs.
- In a deep pan, fill it with a shallow layer of cooking oil (avocado or vegetable). Bring it to low medium heat (level 4 out of 10). Do not bring it to medium or the toast will burn.
- Lightly coat one sandwich in egg
- 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 for the above step and this step for the second sandwich.
- Enjoy hot with butter and sweetener of your choice!