French Toasts for Life

Hong Kong

French toast is a serious indulgence in Hong Kong. Think regular french toast, only dressed up for Sunday’s best! It’s a classic recipe that combines thick-sliced milk bread deep-fried in butter and eggs, then sandwiched with a generous helping of peanut butter. Most cha chaan tengs or Hong Kong-style cafés serve this drool-worthy breakfast staple in numerous variations. Find the top places to get a fix of this decadent all-day dessert in this list.

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Shui Kee Coffee

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You know you’re going to have a good time when the shop owner himself takes his precious time to entertain guests. Uncle Cheung may already be 80 years old, but he radiates unwavering energy that made his brainchild a hit in the city. You can’t go wrong with Shui Kee’s milk tea and French toast combo where the toast is pan-fried with a thin layer of egg and slathered generously with condensed milk.

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泗益

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French toast syrup used to be a luxury in the 1950s, paving the way for small restaurant owners to improvise and use coconut jams as an alternative. Fast forward to the present, a restaurant now famed for utilizing this iconic recipe is known for its downright sinful chewy French toasts made with kaya. Si Yik might look like a hole-in-the-wall in Stanley Market, but locals know it’s one of the best spots to go to for a classic French toast!

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Chau Kee - dessert sandwich

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Out of all the Hong Kong restaurants’ creative variations of the classic French toast in recent years, a crowd favorite is Chau Kee’s take with their Custard Lava. You’ll love how the liquid gold filling flows out of the crispy toast the minute you slice into it. It’s an explosion of delicious flavor, a complement to the buttery and crispy toast! They serve toasts in a variety of sesame, taro, and the crowd-favorite custard.

  • +852 2559 2389
  • 地下 H1 號 舖, Tung Lee Mansion, 1C-1K Water St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

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Lok Yuen

樂園

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Lok Yuen does French toast with an unconventional twist. Their sweet buttered toast is served with fresh beef marinated in homemade satay sauce. It’s such a huge hit that they came up with other bizarre yet mouthwatering flavors! Their recent offerings include the nostalgia-inducing Ovaltine-flavored French Toast, which hits just the right amount of flavorful and smooth without being too sweet.

  • +852 2382 3367
  • Shop 6, Third Floor, Kowloon City Municipal Services Buildling, Nga Tsin Wai Ro, Kowloon City, Hong Long
    九龍城九龍城市政大廈3樓6號舖

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Blue Supreme

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Hong Kong, China • Recommendation • 

You can’t help but fall in love with the famous Elvis Presley French Toast, a homage to the King of Rock and Roll’s favorite breakfast snack. The modern American bistro treats customers to a dish made for a royalty—pan-fried toast stuffed with crunchy peanut butter, smoked bacon, and caramelized bananas complete with dollops of summer berries syrup on top!

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Elementary HK

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This whimsical spot’s French toast brioche is not for amateur tasters. Elementary whips up an expertly prepared plate of a beautiful brioche tower, piled with white chocolate sauce, rhubarb sorbet, baby basil, berries, and pistachio. This yummy dessert will make any morning special—a taste of a spectacular breakfast in fine fashion!

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New Five Dragon Congee & Noodle Restaurant

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The Pain Perdu at this reliable noodle oasis is on the rustic side, made with two pleasingly crusty slices of bread topped with a chunk of butter and condensed milk. When you’re looking for a hearty meal, indulge in their stir-fry beef noodles, milk tea, and, of course, their Pain Perdu.

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Cupping Room

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Spoil yourself with a classic french toast that is beyond delicious! It’s not much of a looker, but the light, fluffy brioche of Cupping Room’s French Toast is brûléed to heavenly perfection, served with strawberries, caramelized bananas, and mascarpone for a next-level sweet treat!

  • 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Snow Mountain Restaurant

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This 60-year old restaurant situated in Sham Shui Po serves a variety of all-day breakfast and lunch dishes on their menu. One favorite is their Nutella-flavored french toast, oozing with hazelnut goodness best enjoyed with their equally satisfying selections of coffee and Hong Kong-style teas.

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Café Gray Deluxe

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Nestled on the 49th floor of The Upper House, Cafe Gray Deluxe offers legendary views of the Victoria Harbour and an exemplary French toast to go with it. A plate doesn’t come cheap at HKD150 per serving, but the Nutella-filled brioche served with a sour cherry compote gets you your money’s worth!

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