Prepare to take your belt out a few notches, cause the euro-asian comfort food that Fat Rice is known for is about to get a lot more comfortable. For Eater's Greasy Spoons Week, chef Abraham Conlon created a dish inspired by Macau's cha chaan tengs, the equivalent of Chinese diners, that have been serving up Hong Kong-style western cuisine since the 1950s. Menu items at cha chaan tengs range from club sandwiches to beef curry to deep fried pork chops with spaghetti. One of Conlon's favorites, and the one he chose to serve at Fat Rice this week, is the Hong Kong french toast.
As you might have guessed, this Hong Kong-style breakfast favorite is not for the diet conscious, but it is perfect for Greasy Spoons Week, so why not indulge. The deep fried stuffed french toast is served with condensed milk and, of course, plenty of butter.
In addition to the french toast, they'll soon have Xiolongbao, better known to Americans as steamed buns or soup dumplings, filled with pork sausage and maple that Conlon says tastes like "good ol' Jimmy Dean." The dumplings will be featured on Fat Rice's upcoming dim sum menu they'll be testing during dinner service over the course of the next few weeks.
Eater Chicago intern Daniella Caruso contributed to this story.