If you are a fan of Hongkong’s Salted Egg Buns “liu sha bao”, you would be loving this Salted Egg Custard French Toast. Grilled buttery french toast stuffed with sweet, salty and smooth salted egg custard. Definitely not your average French Toast!If you are a frequent visitor of yumcha or dimsum place in your local area you would’ve tried or at least heard of Salted Egg Buns (liu sha bao). These buns are filled with salted egg custard and steamed until the buns are cooked thoroughly. They are very famous in Asia especially in Hong Kong and Singapore. Lady Iron Chef even made a list of the best salted egg yolk buns in Singapore.
I really love having this in a dimsum restaurant. When served fresh from the steamer, it will be fluffy and warm to touch on the outside but when you try to poke it or bite it the piping hot salted egg custard will oozes out giving this sweet and salty custard that is very addicting.
It’s not overly salty or overly sweet and not too rich either. I normally share my food with my partner, I always give him about half of what I eat whether it be a slice of cake or a cone of ice-cream, but salted egg bun is an exception. I love this too much I wouldn’t share it with anyone.
I have thought about recreating it at home however I’m way to lazy to make the dough from scratch on a weekend morning. So I thought of another alternative that is easier but will still satisfy my salted egg custard craving. I figure I’ll just stuff these beloved salted egg yolk custard in a french toast instead.
I made the salted egg custard first before freezing it for a few hours until it’s firm and then stuff it in between two slices of french toast. When the toast is grilled on the burner, the frozen salted egg custard inside will slowly thaw and melt so when the french toast is ready, you’ll get buttery golden french toast with smooth salted egg custard oozing out from the inside. Yummo!
I love my french toast but this is a game changer. Definitely makes my morning much much better!
Also I am very very excited to share with you my first video for food recipe. To be honest making a video is definitely way harder to make than I expected but it’s quite fun to shoot a video by myself. The quality isn’t perfect and I had to make it faster so I can upload it onto my instagram but I’m quite happy with it.
- Salted Egg Custard:
- 4 salted egg yolks, steamed
- 60 gr unsalted butter, room temp
- 40 gr sweetened condensed milk
- 50 ml coconut milk
- French Toast:
- 2 eggs
- 125ml milk
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 8 slices of white toast
- 40 gr butter
- Mash salted egg yolk and mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until the egg yolk breaks completely and the mixture becomes smooth. Cover with cling wrap and freeze for 15 minutes until it’s a bit firmer.
- Divide custard into 4 portion and shape each portion into a ball. Place custard balls on a plate lined with cling wrap. Cover with another layer of cling wrap and freeze for 2 hours until frozen.
- Mix eggs, milk and sugar in a bowl. Coat slices white toast, one at a time, in the egg mixture evenly. Place one coated toast on a flat surface and add a custard ball on the centre of the coated toast before covering it with another coated toast. Secure toast by pressing gently around the custard ball.
- Melt 10 gr butter (for each french toast) in a grill or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add toast into the pan and let it cook until golden brown for about 2 minutes before flipping it over carefully and cook for another 2 minutes. Gently press around the centre of french toast to see if the custard has already melt or not. Transfer onto a plate and serve immediately.