Surprisingly, I first heard about kaya from Kenneth of surat journals. My brother who has been living in Singapore for almost 10 years now has never mentioned it. I wished he had, so that I would know what I wanted to eat in Singapore. After tasting it for the first time at Ya kun in Ibn Battuta, I now know what to ask for.
Ya Kun Coffee and Toast is a Singaporean cafe well known for its specially formulated kaya jam (egg and coconut jam). They serve a variety of coffee, tea, cold drinks and different types of toasts! Singaporean coffee (kopi) is very different from the usual coffee since it is made with robusta beans and is roasted with butter or margarine or even lard and even sometimes sugar. Then it is brewed in a long spouted metal pot with a sock for a filter. Usually served with evaporated or condensed milk.
Kenneth invited me to try out a Ya kun with a bunch of other bloggers and foodies last Friday and I finally got to meet him after exchanging FB messages for the longest time. And good food is always the perfect setting to meet new friends.
He ordered the kaya toast with soft boiled eggs for everyone to try and I got the green tea frostyz to go with it. Soft boiled eggs is not something I usually eat but these went really well with the toast. Oddly enough, I was advised to add soy sauce to it and from then on there was no turning back. I was an instant ‘kaya’ believer!
We ordered most of what was on the menu and tried them all. My instant favorites were the Tom Yum toast (which worked wonderfully as a sandwich) and the Kaya Peanut toast.
Ya kun is the perfect place for a mirienda (pinoy term for afternoon snack) or a really light breakfast. I wanted to take home a jar of kaya but it was not available at the moment. But the staff promised that it will be on their shelves soon. Oh yum!
Ya Kun Coffee and Toast