Hey there, foodies! Guess what? I have to show you my ridiculously easy Airfryer HK Style French Toast recipe, and honestly, it’s so easy that I’m kicking myself for not having this in my life sooner. 🤣 If you’re like me—and sometimes you just want that HK Style French Toast—this recipe is for you. Let’s dive into a guilt-free, AIR-FRYER version of this Hong Kong delight that’ll have you hooked from the first bite! 🤤✨
Origin of HK Style French Toast
Picture the bustling streets of Hong Kong, where the aroma of sizzling street food dances in the air. HK Style French Toast emerges from the vibrant tapestry of this city’s culinary scene, gaining popularity as a beloved breakfast staple. Born out of a desire for innovation, local vendors transformed a classic into something uniquely Hong Kong.
The dish typically features a creative twist—two slices of white bread sandwiching a luscious layer of sweet, creamy fillings like peanut butter or kaya jam. These delectable combinations, sometimes even elevated with a touch of condensed milk, offer a symphony of flavors that capture the spirit of Hong Kong’s dynamic food culture. As you savour each bite of HK Style French Toast, you’re indulging in a piece of Hong Kong’s rich street food heritage, where tradition meets culinary ingenuity.
French Toast Variations Around the World
- American Style: This is the french toast version that most people in North America grew up eating. It’s typically made with thick slices of bread soaked in a mixture of eggs, milk, and vanilla, served with syrup and powdered sugar
- Spanish Torrijas: Bread slices are soaked in milk, wine, or syrup, then coated in egg and fried. Often enjoyed during Lent!
- Norwegian Arme Riddere: Similar to French toast, but commonly served with a sprinkle of sugar, cinnamon, and a side of berries
- French Pain Perdu: Translating to “lost bread,” it’s made with stale bread, soaked in a mixture of milk, sugar, and eggs, then fried
Why Airfrying is Healthier
Traditional Hong Kong style french toasts are fried in lard or oil and are usually quite unhealthy. However, it’s served at most HK Style Cafes as it is a staple of Hong Kong breakfast cuisine. Now that air fryers are in most homes and they produce a similar crispy exterior, it’s sooo much better to air fry it instead!
- Less Oil: Air-frying uses significantly less oil than traditional frying methods, reducing the overall calorie content
- Crispy Texture: Air-frying achieves a crispy exterior without submerging the toast in oil, offering a delightful texture without excess fat
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Air Fryer Hong Kong Style French Toast
- 1 Air Fryer
- 1 parchment liner optional
- 1 shallow dish
- 4 slices square white toast (best from Asian supermarkets)
- 2 eggs
- 2-3 tbsp kaya jam
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sugar white or cane
- 2 pieces butter ideally square pieces for the cafe vibe!
- If your bread has crust, cut it off on all sides and save it for later. Spread 1 -2 tbsp of kaya jam on one side of 2 pieces of bread. Top the kaya bread slice with a plain slice of white bread and press down firmly so the bread sticks together.
- Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Put sandwich into the egg mixture and make sure to coat the entire surface include the sides.
- Either line your airfryer with parchment paper or spray it with oil, and add both french toasts into the airfryer. Cook for 7 mins (200 Celsius) and then flip over and cook for another 4 minutes or until golden brown.
- If you have leftover crust and whisked eggs, mix cinnamon and sugar to your eggs and dip the crusts in it. Fry it on a frying pan with a bit of oil and enjoy on it's own or dipped in maple syrup as Cinnamon Toast French Toast Sticks 😉
- Serve HK Style French Toast with a little piece of squared butter and top with condensed milk or pure maple syrup. Enjoy!
I use the Our Place Always Pan 2.0 for most of my One Pot recipes. I highly recommend it!
Please give this recipe a try for yourself and don’t forget to comment on my IG reel/TikTok or in this blog post telling me what you thought of this recipe!