Saturday, 24 November 2007

French Toast - 西多士

How did the French toast (西多士) snack become one of the ultime fav in the Hong Kong 茶餐廳(tea lunchroom)? I bet the Brits introduced it, but like the milk tea, the HK people have made it their own.
Funny thing was that I always have thought this to be a Chinese snack and discovered later with great suprise that it's actually known by the rest of the world as French toast or "wentelteefjes"for the Dutch.

  • Bread - 2 slices
  • Egg - 1
  • Peanutbutter
  • Sweet Condensed Milk
  • Honey
  • Butter (for frying)
Beat the egg.

Remove the crust if you like. Smear a thick layer of peanutbutter on one slice and top it with the sweet condensed milk. Put the two slices of bread together.

Soak the sandwich in the egg. Heat some butter in the pan and panfry the sandwich golden brown. Some Chinese restaurants fry the French toast, I prefer panfry, as it uses less oil/butter.

Serve with honey or light syrup, add butter if you like.


Anonymous said...

hmmm. frnch toasttt <3


Anonymous said...

Hi hi

Was vandaag beetje rustig op me werk dus ik zat ff op je site te kijken, en ik kreeg honger man...:P
en toen dacht ik als ik thuis ben ga ik die toast maken want ik heb al die spullen wel in huis en ik had zo een honger!!

wel leuk recept zo snel te maken
1e was heerlijk toen kon ik het niet laten er nog 1 te maken maar ben nu echt misselijk (net iets teveel van het goede... werd me beetje te zoet en te vet de 2e erbij hehe

maare leuk dat je de recept hebt gepost vroeg me al af hoe het moest heel tijd geleden gegeten alweer

txn x Jessy

Anonymous said...

hi, nice blog!
But I do have to take issue with your recipe for wentelteefjes/french toast. :-) Of course, like al dishes common the world over there is a wide variety. But the Dutch one is most often the simple "soak bread in milk + beaten egg + cinnamon" Wikipedia sums up a list of variations, even with tomato ketchup in Australis. The variation with peanutbutter is mentioned as being special for Hong Kong.

In France it isn't called French Toast but pain perdu, a name I like better than wentelteefjes, it has something a bit melancholic.

Li said...

Hey! I was searching all over the Internet for a Hong Kong style french toast recipe, but nobody seems to have a traditional looking one, until I came to your blog! Your french toast looks delish and the recipe seems quite easy. Thanks for posting!