French toast is such a great way to reuse any ingredient you find at home. The stale, slightly-hard bread will soak up more egg mixture without falling apart. The traditional way is to pan-fry the bread slices in butter, dusted with powdered sugar & served with jam.
Hong Kong is a small city with many hidden gems. Cha Chan Teng (茶餐廳) is definitely one of them. The word literally means tea restaurant and it’s my favourite place for comfort food. It’s a very unique cultural heritage. I love the vintage interior designs. I love the affordable, special dishes like pineapple bun, egg tart, yuanyang, lemon w/ coffee. I love the cute abbreviations used by waiters & customers when ordering. Say like OT = lemon tea, 茶走 (literally translates as ‘tea goes’) = having condensed milk instead of sugar + milk in your HK style milk tea.
The HK style french toast is a perfect tea time treat. They are deep-fried stacked bread served with a thick slab of butter & golden syrup. Sometimes I prefer a more light-weighted version. Simple fried egg toast with something sweet to serve with. The best Sunday-brunch, breakfast-in-bed option.
How can you resist such a golden, syrupy start to the day?
- 1-2 slices of Bread
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 egg shell of Milk / Single cream
- Sugar (optional)
- Salt (optional)
- Spices e.g. cinnamon, vanilla, orange or lemon zest (optional)
- Maple syrup / Honey
- Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt in a bowl; set aside.
- Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer.
- Pour egg mixture over bread; Turn slices over; Poke the bread with a fork to let it soak through.
- Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Coat pan with melted butter.
- Fry the bread slices until golden brown, 2-3 mins per side.
- Serve with maple syrup / honey.
- I always prefer using brioche ’cause I adore its eggy, sweet scent. But there are so many other options like white bread, brown bread, baguettes, etc. Basically whatever bread you can find at home on a lazy-to-go-outdoor weekend morning.
- Make sure the egg is whisked in thoroughly. Or else you’ll end up having lumps of white or yolk on your beautiful french toast.
- If you happen to have some leftover cream in fridge you can add that into the egg mixture too. It gives a more custardy texture. You could also add in orange/lemon zest/ or liquor you like e.g. brandy,bailey’s, amaretto…The options are endless.
- French toasts can also be served savory. Simply add in ham & cheese in between two slices of bread before soaking the whole thing into the egg mixture.