French Toast is one my favourite Hong Kong Cafe food. It was inspired by the French pain perdu. The Hong Kong version is to use a thick slice of white bread, soak it in beaten egg mix for a few minutes until it gets ‘saturated’, and then deep fry it till golden. The finished ‘toast’ is then served with butter and golden syrup. They complement each other very well.
I know this dish has even more calories than my other favourite, pineapple bun with butter. But it is very tasty!
As a fast moving city where every minute counts, Hong Kong loses a lot of cafe which makes French toast the good old way now. Most cafe ‘cheats’ by putting peanut butter between 2 thin slices of bread as it is faster to make- the bread does not need to be soaked in the egg mix for as long. Some even try to be experimental by putting Malaysian kaya in between. It was far too sweet for my liking. Yuck!
I very much prefer the traditional version with just egg and no fancy filling. Luckily, I managed to find Mei Doh Cafe at 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei. It is one of the oldest Cafe that remains open in Hong Kong. They still do my beloved French toast the authentic Hong Kong way!
Sometimes I fancy a French toast in London but cannot be bothered to make it at home, I go to Cafe de Hong Kong, 47-49 Charring Cross Road, London WC2H 0AN. They make the one with peanut butter, not the one with no filling though. But it is better than nothing!