Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Chefs Share Recipe for Tonga Toast

Since 1971, one of the highlights of a visit to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been a breakfast of Tonga Toast, and now Disney chefs are helping you make it at home.

The banana-stuffed and deep-fried goodness, which is currently served at both Kona Cafe and Capt. Cook’s, will be the perfect treat for Mother’s Day weekend…or any weekend, really.

Here’s the recipe:

Tonga Toast (Serves 4)


  • Sugar-Cinnamon
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Batter
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Tonga Toast
    • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
    • 1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
    • 2 large bananas peeled


Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.

Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

Using caution, preheat oil to 350°F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.)

Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise. Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice.

Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.

Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.

For you visual learners, here’s a quick video lesson:

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.


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