Tonga Toast has been on the menu at Disney’s Polynesian Resort since 1971. It is such a popular item that it is among the top three selling breakfast items. In fact, it is so legendary that there is an urban legend passed down by Disney’s cast members and Tonga Toast fans alike that Elvis was a huge fan of the toast. He supposedly sent his personal chef to Disney World to learn how to make it. “Thank You, thank you very much,” is what I’m guessing the King told his chef. What exactly is in it that makes it so good? The Tonga Toast is basically a cinnamon-sugared chunk of deep-fried, banana-stuffed toast. It is made by tucking bananas into thick slices of sourdough Pullman bread, dunking the stuffed bread in eggwash, deep frying and then coating in cinnamon sugar. In the early beginnings Disney chefs tried stuffing the toast with marinated peaches, mango slices and other fruits. However, bananas eventually won out and the rest is culinary history.
Where Tonga Toast Is Served
Tonga Toast is served at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. It’s served at two restaurants there: Kona Cafe and Captain Cook’s. The Tonga Toast served at Kona Cafe has a little more pizzaz as it is served with a strawberry compote sauce.