Air Fryer Hong Kong Style French Toast

A very special breakfast or snack, made conveniently in the Air Fryer. Crispy and crunchy Hong Kong style French Toast!

Hong Kong style french toast on white plate

The first time I tasted Hong Kong style French Toast, I was blown away. Crispy and crunchy with a decadent drizzle of sweetened condensed milk — it was all kinds of deliciousness!

Not surprisingly, it soon became my favorite item to order at Hong Kong style cafes and tea shops.

Then a friend told me how easy it was to make at home — in the Air Fryer, no less. Shockingly good! Way too easy! A household staple that even the pickiest eater will love!

What is Hong Kong French Toast?

Hong Kong French Toast is a classic Asian breakfast/snack. Served at Hong Kong-style cafes — thick slices of milk bread are stuffed with filling, dipped in egg batter, then deep fried. With a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk, it’s a decadent and delicious way to start the day.

The origins of this tasty dish originate from Hong Kong’s roots as a British colony. As European influences converged on this tiny island, tea shops and cafes began popping up everywhere. Western-style Toast, or French Toast, became popular. With a Hong Kong twist! Now, it’s an iconic staple enjoyed by people around the world.

Why does the Air Fryer make such good French Toast?

Air Fryers are basically mini convection ovens. The removable basket evenly distributes hot air, ensuring a fast cooking time and extra crispy and crunchy food. The design of the basket also requires minimal oil, making it a favorite for healthy food enthusiasts.

For Hong Kong French Toast, an Air Fryer produces that crispy, crunchy texture and deep golden color — without deep frying. And without all that oil!

An Air Fryer makes HK French Toast a convenient and simple recipe to make at home.

Can I make Hong Kong French Toast without an Air Fryer?

Yes, of course! An Air Fryer simply makes this dish easier to make at home.

If you don’t own an Air Fryer, simply deep fry on both sides until golden and crispy. Notes in the recipe card below.

Ingredients:

Only 4 ingredients to make this simple recipe:

  • Milk Bread. Thick Asian-style milk bread is ideal. Texas-style toast can also work.
  • Egg. Dip in egg batter immediately before air frying so it doesn’t get too soggy.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk. Not too sweet with a deep, mellow flavor. One can makes HK style french toast truly special! (Can be subbed with honey or maple syrup, although it won’t taste quite the same.)
  • Butter. A pat of salted or unsalted butter is all you need.

Do I need to stuff my Hong Kong French Toast?

Stuffing HK style French Toast is not necessary. But it’s definitely a delicious and classic way to enjoy this recipe.

Typical filling options: peanut butter, fruit jam, coconut jam, nutella, sweetened condensed milk, cheese, and ham.

If you choose to make this plain (no filling), I suggest using 1 piece of milk bread instead of 2. Otherwise, it will be too dry in the middle. (See notes in the recipe card below.)

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Hong Kong style Air Fryer french toast on white plate

Air Fryer Hong Kong Style French Toast

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
A very special breakfast or snack, made conveniently in the Air Fryer. Crispy and crunchy Hong Kong style French Toast!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
preheat time 5 mins
Course Breafast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Air Fryer (I use the Cosori 5.8L Air Fryer)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 slices milk bread
  • 1 egg (large, preferably organic)
  • pinch salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk (plus more for drizzling)
  • 1 Tbsp butter, unsalted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Air Fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. (Preheating makes for a crispier, more golden HK french toast!)
  • Meanwhile, crack the egg in a large shallow bowl. Add pinch of salt and whisk well with a fork.
  • Spread a thick layer of sweetened condensed milk (about 1-2 Tbsp) on one slice of bread. Cover with the other slice of bread, making a sandwich. Make sure the edges match.
  • When the Air Fryer has finished preheating, dip the sandwich into the egg batter on both sides. Work quickly, dipping and turning the sandwich until completely covered.
  • Place into the Air Fryer, directly on top of the grates. Air Fry at 400F for 6 minutes, flipping the French Toast at the 3 minute mark.
  • Transfer to a plate. Add a pat of butter and a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. Eat immediately!

Notes

*If you choose to make this plain (no filling), I suggest using 1 piece of milk bread instead of 2. Otherwise, it will be too dry in the middle.  The egg amount (1 egg) will remain the same.
**To deep fry at home:  fill a cast iron pan (I recommend a Dutch oven with deep sides to avoid spillage) with 1 inch of vegetable oil.  Heat on medium heat until a thermometer reaches 325F.  Add the french toast and deep fry on both sides until golden and crispy looking, about 30-60 seconds per side.  Transfer to a wire rack fitted over a sheet pan, so the excess oil can drain.  Transfer to a plate and add a pat of butter and drizzle of sweetened condensed milk.  Enjoy immediately!  
Keyword Air Fryer, French Toast, Hong Kong

15 minutes, Air Fryer, All Recipes, Asian Inspired, Breakfast + Brunch, Snacks

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