Today we are making Hongkong-style French Toast. Think of your standard fabulous French toast, except in sandwich form, stuffed with delicious peanut butter (or strawberry jam, or Nutella!), and a little condensed milk drizzled on top. It only takes 5 minutes to make, perfect for a busy morning. You’re going to love me for this one.
You can switch the peanut butter with fruit jam or Nutella, which are also popular in Cha Can Ting. For those of your who don’t know about it, Cha Can Ting is a type of HK-style Cafe restaurant, which is known for offering Chinese-Western fusion foods, mainly influenced by British culture. It is hard to simply classify Cha Can Ting as Western or Chinese because it exists as a unique cultural culinary combination.
Cha chan ting restaurants normally will deep fry the toast for a better presentation. I think it is too much oil for home cooking and if you don’t know how to control the temperature while deep frying, you will likely end up with a sponge that is soaked with oil. Pan-frying is much more friendly for beginners. Just be sure to keep an eye on it the whole time because it does get burned quickly.
HK Style French Toast (5-Min Breakfast)
- Apply a generous amount of peanut butter on one side of the toast. Stack another slice of toast on the top to create a sandwich. Gently pack it tight so they stick together. Repeat for the other sandwich.
- I have seen a lot of recipes tell you to trim off the edge for a better presentation but I don’t like to waste food so I am going to keep it.
- Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and beat them well until you don’t see any obvious egg white. Then mix with 3 tbsp of whole milk thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a flat container. This will help you to coat the bread easier.
- Dip the bread in the egg mixture. Turn to coat all the sides evenly. Once you finished dipping, you will have to pan-fry it right away. Do not wait because it will get soggy quickly.
- Add a tbsp of oil to a pan. Pan-fry over low heat until golden brown on all the surfaces.
- Drizzle some sweetened condensed milk or chocolate syrup over the toast. Top a piece of butter and enjoy!