Craving Hong Kong-style French toast? Look no further as we’ve compiled a list of seven of the best restaurants in the city to enjoy this delicious treat
Thick slices of deep-fried bread slathered with butter and cradling a pool of condensed milk or syrup... Hong Kong-style French toast is one of the most iconic local snacks and has always been a much-loved part of the city’s food culture. Often found at local cha chaan tengs and Chinese eateries, these golden brown pieces of toast are best enjoyed as a brunch or afternoon tea treat with a silky smooth cup of milk tea—no matter how many times it’s been snapped and shared on social media, French toast will never go out of style as far as our stomachs are concerned.
If you’re looking for reputed restaurants that offer the best French toast in Hong Kong, you’ve come to the right place. Ahead, we’re listing all the top spots in the city that pay proper respect to the deliciously decadent, butter-laden treat.
Shui Kee Coffee
A hidden gem nestled in Sheung Wan’s cooked food market, Shui Kee Coffee is one of the most renowned old-school cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong. Foodies come far and wide for the famed beef and egg bun, egg sandwiches and bottled milk teas, but really, it’s their French toast filled with alluring egg flavours that steal the show. The pan-fried toast is prepared with meticulous attention, using just the right amount of condensed milk to impart an exquisite taste without being too sweet or oily. The crispy yet fluffy texture rounds out a decadent treat you won’t soon forget.
Shui Kee Coffee, Shop 17, Cooked Food Centre, 2/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building And Civic Centre, 345 Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2850 8643
Wai Kee Noodle Cafe
What better place to sample delicious French toast than at a cha chaan teng renowned for offering consistently well-executed Hong Kong dishes? Just like their famous items spanning everything from pig liver noodles and beef noodles, to corned beef and egg sandwich, Wai Kee’s French toast is always fresh and of premium quality. Their toast is simple in essence, featuring slices of custard-dipped bread slathered generously with butter and kaya jam to impress your taste buds. While you’re there, don’t forget to wash them down with a cup of signature milk tea, too.
Wai Kee Noodle Café, G/F, 62 & 67 Fuk Wing Street / Shop D, G/F, 165-167 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 2387 6515
Si Yik (泗益)
Many people would visit Stanley for its picturesque beach, waterside restaurants and vibrant street market, but only a few know that this beautiful seaside town is also home to a rustic dai pai dong, Si Yik, where one of the best French toast in town can be found.
Though their recipe is kept as a secret, we are told that those tempting slices of toast are prepared with an egg mixture featuring hand-whisked egg whites before being fried to ensure a fluffier texture and richer aroma. Instead of the usual peanut butter, you’ll find a thick slab of kaya jam in the middle, which delivers just the right amount of sweetness. And if you’re still craving more (we don’t blame you), their pork chop bun, corned beef and egg sandwich are must-tries.
Sik Yik, 2 Stanley Market St, Stanley, Hong Kong, +852 2813 0507 (closes every Tuesday)
Hoi On Cafe
When it comes to drool-worthy cha chaan teng dishes, few have earned as much as critical acclaim as Hoi On Cafe in Sheung Wan. Established for more than 60 years, this place is most known for their satay beef instant noodles, pineapple buns and Cantonese-style stir-fried noodles with char siu, where also takes pride in its scrumptious, Insta-worthy French toasts. Always served piping hot and fresh, their toasts are offered in bite-sized cubes with a thick slab of butter and syrup melting on top, accompanied by a crispy exterior that will have you ahh-ing over its delightful texture.
Next time you visit Sheung Wan, be sure to drop by this cafe for an afternoon snack to fuel up while exploring the rest of the ‘hood.
Hoi O Cafe, G/F, 17 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2540 6340
Located in Kowloon City, Lok Yuen is popular with hungry diners who have a penchant for local comfort food, having made a name for itself with excellent cha chaan teng classics including fried chicken wings, braised vermicelli with preserved vegetables and shredded pork, and of course, French toast. For the hungry, you can opt for the classic flavour featuring butter, syrup and condensed milk; or get experimental with innovative options, including red bean paste, Ovaltine and pork floss. Whatever you fancy, be sure to try their house special satay beef toast—the savoury beef and the melting layer of butter in between slices of bread drizzled with condensed milk, is a surprisingly perfect match.
Lok Yuen, Shop 6, 3/F, Kowloon City Municipal Services Building, Nga Tsin Wai Ro, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, +852 2382 3367
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Sang Heung Yuen
It wouldn’t be right to talk about the iconic snack in town without mentioning Sang Heung Yuen in Sham Shui Po. Always bustling, this restaurant is frequented by those yearning for authentic Hong Kong-style French toasts. Here, thick slices of bread are soaked with lots of egg and stuffed with a soft layer of butter in the middle before deep-frying. The result is an incredibly crispy, yet fluffy toast that is cooked to golden brown perfection, dripping with condensed milk and melted butter to make for a truly indulgent treat. Long queues are expected during lunchtime at Sang Heung Yeun, but the taste factor will make up for it.
Sun Hang Yuen (Old Shop), G/F, 38 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 2386 2748; Sun Hang Yuen, G/F, 186 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 2728 7118
If you’re a dim sum lover, chances are you’ve heard of—or already been to—Chau Kee, one of the city’s most popular restaurants that serves up an extensive selection of delicious dim sum. This local eatery is a trusty spot for classic steamed Chinese delicacies such as siu mai, cheong fun and shrimp dumplings, but their French toast offerings don’t disappoint either. Unlike many classic varieties with butter slathered generously in between slices of bread, Chau Kee’s take on French toast is refined and indulgent. Their soft toast is packed with luscious, overflowing lava filling, which comes in a range of unique choices like custard, taro and chocolate—offering rich flavours in every bite.
Chau Kee, Shop H1, G/F, Tung Lee Mansion, Water Street, Sai Ying Pun