After reading this WSJ article on why fruits and vegetables in Chinatown are so cheap, I decided to head over to Chinatown to buy some fruits. I was going to just buy one pound of rainier cherries but the lady said I should buy two and she showed me how much one pound was. Good thing I listened to her cause these cherries were crazy delicious and sweet. I probably ate a whole pound that night while Netflix binging.
So the idea for a matcha French toast came to me when I was attending Valentina's food styling and photo workshop few weeks ago. She made a matcha crepe cake during the workshop and that got me thinking because I have a tiny bit of matcha powder left and I should really use it up. Of course being the lazy me, I was not going to make a crepe cake. Instead I decided to make French toast, Hong Kong style.
I'm just gonna go ahead and tell you......the way I tried to incorporate the matcha powder into the eggs totally failed. Haha
I guess in my head, I imagined to somehow smoothly mix the matcha into the scrambled eggs, turning them into green scrambled eggs. But all I did was tiny clumps of matcha powder in scrambled eggs. Maybe I could've blended it with the hand blender.....hm......next time.
Anyways, Hong Kong style French toast is quite easy to make. All you need is bread, oil or butter, and eggs. It's typically slices of bread soaked with the scrambled eggs and fried in butter or oil. Served with a slab of butter.
Things you'll need:
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 3 slices of bread
- Creme fraiche (or whipped cream if you like)
- Rainier cherry and strawberry compote (or jam or just fresh fruits)
- Butter or oil
- Extra matcha powder for dusting afterwards
Rainier cherry and strawberry compote
- 1 cup of rainier cherries (or regular cherries)
- 1 cup of strawberries
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- Sugar (about 1/4 cup to start)
To make the compote, remove the pits from the cherries and cut all the strawberries in half.
Add the fruits into a pot with lemon zest, lemon juice, and add about 1/4 cup of sugar to start.
Let the fruits slowly cook over low flames. Stir to mix and keep an eye on it. I nearly burnt the whole thing.
Cook the compote till the fruits are soft and has thicken. Taste to see if it needs more sugar.
Let compote cool in the fridge. Good to make the night before.
Matcha French Toasts
Combine matcha powder and eggs together. Try and get the matcha incorporated into the eggs as good as possible.
Get a pan hot on medium flames. Add enough oil or melt enough butter to cover the bottom of the pan.
Dip a slice of bread into the eggs, coat both sides and fry it in the pan until golden on both sides. Repeat for the other two slices of bread.
Place a slice of French toast on a plate, add a layer of creme fraiche, and a layer of compote.
Repeat last step.
To finish, dust some matcha powder on top and add fresh strawberries.