Ya Kun Kaya Toast is a popular Singaporean coffee stall that first opened in 1944. It now has chains across the island as well as overseas. The stall specializes in kaya toast, a Singaporean and Malay breakfast/ snack food. Kaya is a spread made from coconut, egg, sugar and pandan. It is spread on crispy buttered bread for this treat, which is often served with coffee and a soft-boiled egg as a set for under $5.
Although crispy toast is the staple serving, you can also enjoy kaya on steamed bread, crackers, or inside a fluffy bun. Peanut butter is also served with toast or steamed bread. Kaya toast is not only served at Ya Kun. Like the other Singaporean foods I’ve featured this month for the a-z challenge- dosai, Hainanese chicken rice, and nasi lemak– you can find this food all over the island in both specialty shops and at the hawker centres and food courts. Ya Kun is not the only vendor by any means. However, it is a popular and widespread brand that I recommend for any visitor to Singapore, not just to try the kaya toast but also for their local strong-brewed coffee, called kopi.
I recently tried these toast sticks at Ya Kun. They are the thin toast in the first two photos topped with ham and cheese then deep-fried and served with Kaya jam for dipping. It was a like an Asian Monte Cristo sandwich- both savory and sweet. Delicious! This item only costs SG $3.80. I also had an iced kopi. This is local coffee that is a butter-roasted strong brew, strained through an item that looks like and is colloquially called “the sock”, and mixed with hot water and sweetened, condensed milk. It’s available hot or cold and can be ordered without milk as well.
This post is part of the a-z challenge.