You might have tried French Toast before, but have you tried the Hong Kong Styled French Toast that are popular at local cha chaan tengs (Hong Kong Styled Cafes)? This scrumptious treat is an adaptation of the western style french toasts. With social distancing, it might be hard to go out to eat at a cha chaan teng. Here’s our recipe for you to make it at home!

Cook & Preparation Time: 15 minutes


2 slices White bread without the skin
2 tbsp Smooth peanut butter
10 grams Butter
2 Eggs
2 tbsp Golden syrup or pancake syrup
300ml Cooking oil (vegetable oil or canola oil or peanut oil)


1. Cut off the skin of the white bread (if any).
2. Spread the smooth peanut butter on one piece of the bread and cover with the other piece.
3. Soak the peanut butter sandwich into beaten eggs. Make sure the entire sandwich, including the edges are fully coated with eggs.
4. Heat the oil until you see bubbles when you dip a wooden chopstick into the oil.
5. Fry the sandwich on each side for about 1.5 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t forget the edges!
6. Place the Hong Kong styled french toast on some paper towel to remove the excess oil.
7. Serve on plate, melt the butter all over the toast and pour some golden syrup to taste!

frying french toast


For those who are allergic to peanuts, feel free to use any other filling such as plain butter or kaya butter.

Sharing is caring. We recommend you share this heavy treat with a loved one!

To learn more about colonial cha chaan tengs foods such as egg tarts and pineapple buns, you will get a chance to try them on our Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour and Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour!

If you use this recipe to make your own Hong Kong Styled French Toast, don’t forget to share the toast with someone and share your pictures on your social media and add #HongKongBellyKitchen!