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Mum's French Toast

Updated: May 19, 2022

This is one of my mother's creations. She is a career-driven lady as she ran her own fashion business. Yes, my mother was a fashion designer. We do not believe in getting a helper in our household, so, she had to juggle between her career and being a mother. She would whip up fast and easy recipes, such as this.

Although her cooking was fast, easy and simple, it was still yummilicious nonetheless. Recreating this recipe is like walking down memory lane. Every step, every bite is nostalgic and do not expect some fancy sweet elegant French toasts. This is a savory, spicy, greasy and messy toast; a beautiful mess.

What I love about having these toasts (besides having nostalgia), is that crispy exterior and soft custardy interior. It also has that extra umami that leaves you wanting more. You can use any bread you desire, I am just using some stale baguette. Oh yes, stale bread works best for this recipe and in closing, I really hope you give this recipe a try.



(Serve 2)

  • Eggs, 3

  • Sambal, 2 TBSP

  • Red Onion Finely Minced, 1

  • Scallions Finely Chopped, A Handful

  • Your Favorite Masala Powder (I'm using Madras), 1/2 TSP

  • Sea Salt, Pinch

  • Dried Mushroom Powder, Pinch

  • Stale Bread, 6 Slices

  • Kewpie Mayo, 12 Spread

  • Sesame Oil, 1 TBSP

  • Sesame Seeds, Pinch

  • Nori Flakes / Dried Parsley, Pinch



  • Cast Iron Skillet



  1. Please visit my "How To Make Sambal" page for the recipe.

  2. Whisk together eggs, sambal, red onion, scallions, masala, salt and mushroom powder in a large shallow bowl until well combined.

  3. Spread the bread with mayo on both sides.

  4. Dredge the bread in the egg mixture, soaking for about 30 secs on each side.

  5. Spoon the onion and scallions over the bread.

  6. In a skillet over medium heat, add sesame oil,

  7. Once the oil is heated up, add in the bread, onion and scallions side down.

  8. Using the back of a spatula, gently press the bread so that the egg mixture adheres to the bread.

  9. Once the bottom is crispy brown, flip and cook for another 1 min.

  10. Remove from heat and transfer onto serving plates.

  11. Repeat the process for the remaining bread.

  12. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and nori flakes over the top.

  13. Serve immediately.

Savory, spicy, greasy and messy; a beautiful mess.

Cwispy exterior and soft custardy interior.


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