J’aime Le Pain Grillé Français @ Cafe de Hong Kong 新天地小厨

J’aime le pain grillé français means “I love French toast” in French! We had that in Gold Coast for brekkie and I had it for tea in Macau. French toast is a very simple dish that is actually difficult to master.

Do you enjoy French toasts?

Do you enjoy French toasts?

There are all types of French toasts available these days ranging from the original egg & maple syrup to peanut butter & banana to mascarpone stuffed with peaches, crème fraîche & fresh strawberry slices, sticky chewy hot chocolate fudge to cornflakes crusted… Phew! What a load but in my humble opinion, a simple French toast done well is the hardest to achieve! You cannot mask your mistake.

French Toasts. Do they really originate from France?

French Toasts.
Do they really originate from France?

Bet you didn’t know that French toast is also known as German toast, American toast and Spanish toast. Okay, so some of you knew! The prominent history behind French toast is that it was fashioned by medieval European cooks who needed every bit of food they could find to feed their families. Hey, that sounds very Chinese, we waste not to want not 😉

French Toast can be served sweet with butter and syrup or savoury with bacon strips and/or sausages.

French Toast can be served sweet with butter and syrup or savoury with bacon strips and/or sausages.

Sorry, I digressed but ancient cooks knew that “ameritte” or “pain perdu” or stale breads could be revived when moistened and heated like bread pudding and further experimentation with eggs gave birth to French Toast and today the rave is French Toast Bread Pudding. Have you had this variation before?

I still like mine drenched in maple.

I still like mine drenched in maple.

Please do not be slighted thinking that French toast is food for the poor as medieval recipes for “French toast” suggested this meal was also enjoyed by the wealthy. Cook books during those time were written by and for the rich and noble families. The recipes used white bread (the very finest, most expensive bread available at the time) with the crusts cut off, something a poor, hungry person would be unlikely to do. Heard of brioche being used in French Toast? 😉

Recipes for “French toast” traced back to Ancient Roman time and one of the original French names for this dish is “pain a la Romaine”, or simply Roman bread.

Apicius wrote: “Another sweet dish: Break (slice) fine white bread, crust removed, into rather large pieces which soak in milk and beaten eggs. Fry in oil, cover with honey and serve.” -Apicius Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome, edited and translated by Joseph Dommers Vehling, recipe 296 (p.172).

If you have been wondering… Yes! French Toast does have its origins in France, where it is known as “ameritte” or “pain perdu” (lost bread), and is traditionally eaten on feast days, particularly at Easter.

Sandwiched between the slices is a layer of peanut butter.

Sandwiched between the slices is a layer of peanut butter.

Now if you are lazy or have trouble mastering this tea time delicacy, why not go to Cafe de Hong Kong, a place well known for its puffy golden squares spread with a layer of peanut butter between two eggy-rich and flavourful sandwich bread.

Hong Kong Milk Tea goes very well with the French Toast.<br />1 Milk Tea S$2.50<br />2 French Toasts S$11.40<br />Prices above are before the 10% Service Charge. Date visited: 19th December 2013

Hong Kong Milk Tea goes very well with the French Toast.
1 Milk Tea S$2.50
2 French Toasts S$11.40
Prices above are before the 10% Service Charge.
Date visited: 19th December 2013

As promised in my previous post, I had to come try the French toast from Cafe de Hong Kong that's been touted as Singapore's best. My verdict? It's yummilicious!

As promised in my previous post, I had to come try the French toast from Cafe de Hong Kong that’s been touted as Singapore’s best.
My verdict? It’s yummilicious!

Cafe de Hong Kong 新天地小厨
Address: 586 Balestier Rd,
Eastpac Building.
Singapore 329898.

Tel: 6255 3865

See other foods I’ve eaten at Cafe de Hong Kong by clicking here.

Click here to view my limpy French Toast recipe.

Happy eating 🙂

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Comments
12 Responses to “J’aime Le Pain Grillé Français @ Cafe de Hong Kong 新天地小厨”
  1. LFFL says:

    I love French toast with lots of butter and maple syrup!

  2. Melisa R says:

    That slab of butter just make that french toast look delicious.

  3. Kevin says:

    I used to get this for breakfast when I was a kid. I cannot keep my eyes from the butter.

  4. Rörschåch says:

    Sam, the photos with the honey-drizzled butter? Spectacular. You make me so want to eat this.

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