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(Kaya) Toast of the Town


Kaya is a jam made with coconut cream, sugar, and egg yolk. The spread is slathered evenly on crunchy toast, still warm from the grill, accompanied with cold butter. Heaven is when you bite into a little bit of everything, with the different textures and flavors coming all together. Kaya Toast has dominated all the kopitiams (traditional coffee shops) in the city for years. Now, you’ll find it in malls, and even at the airport! Kick off your mornings the traditional Singaporean way, as Kaya is one breakfast staple that guarantees a great day!

Updated 7 months ago

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Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Changi Airport Terminal 3)

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

Ya Kun’s Kaya Toast is known for its generous helping of butter. A thick slice rests between super crisp toasts, while the Kaya Jam is dense to match. The origins of Kaya Toast are hazy, but Ya Kun Kaya Toast (along with Killiney Kopitiam) are credited for the widespread popularity of this Hainanese treat across the city. Ya Kun also has various outlets around the island, making it convenient for you to get your Kaya fix wherever you are. The simple joy of an honest-to-goodness Singaporean breakfast is available 24/7 at Terminal 3 of Changi Airport. Get the shop’s signature treat on your break from the frantic pre- or post-flight bustle!


65 Airport Boulevard, Basement 2, Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore

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Toast Box (Marina Bay Sands)

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

Toast Box charms patrons with their stylish take on traditional Singaporean meals. Pair their ever-reliable Kaya Toast with a winning cup of Nanyang Coffee, as the cafe blends Arabica, Robusta, and Liberica beans in-house. While the coffee kicks you awake, the Kaya Toast comforts you with its fluffy toast. You’ll notice that their bread is a little paler than some toasted treats on the list, but it works. Toast Box also sells its special coffee beans and secret recipe Kaya Jam, so take some home to make your very own yummy toast!


2 Bayfront Avenue, Basement 2 #062/63/64 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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Chin Mee Chin Confectionery


Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

At Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, Kaya jam is handmade over a charcoal fire, and bread is freshly baked every day. They’re also known for serving Kaya on chewy round buns instead of the usual toast, making it the perfect morning or afternoon snack. Patrons have a first-seat view to all the magic as it happens in their open kitchen. Chin Mee Chin has been around for a long time, but they’ve still kept their old-school charm. From the prices of their food to the overall ambiance, the coffee shop serves up a truly Singaporean experience!


204 East Coast Road, Singapore

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Tong Ah Eating House

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

At this point, we’ve gone through Kaya on buns, on French Bread, and on sliced bread. Tong Ah Eating House gives you two drastic options for your slice: steamed or super crisp. Steamed bread brings out some of the subtle flavors in Kaya. Tong Ah’s Kaya is particularly a bit more lumpy so you’ll definitely feel the difference. On the other hand, Tong Ah also pleases another side of bread fans. They toast the bread several times until it’s ultra crisp and dry. Get both and decide—what reigns supreme?


35 Keong Saik Road, Singapore

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Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee is also well-known for its French Toast served with Kaya on the side. French Toast is a lot more indulgent, with egg and butter coating the bread. Note a slight hint of smokiness that comes from the charcoal-fire used for cooking. It all works well together with Ah Seng’s sweet Kaya jam. While here, don’t miss out on Ah Seng’s soft-boiled eggs and coffee. Their bang-for-your-buck set meals are good for an all-around old-school experience. Douse your eggs with a mix of dark soy sauce to try the toast as locals do!


7 Maxwell Road, #02-95 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore

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Good Morning Nanyang Cafe (Maxwell Chambers)

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

Find a unique take on Kaya Toast at Good Morning Nanyang Cafe. They’re the only ones in the city to use Ciabatta to sandwich their Kaya jam. Ciabatta is an Italian bread, originally made to be like French Baguette. Their Orange Ciabatta has caramelized orange zest in the batter for a hint of flavor that pairs well with the coconut in their homemade Kaya. Trust the folks at Good Morning Nanyang Cafe to start the day. Their Kaya, Kopi (coffee), and Teh (tea) are all freshly prepared every day!


32 Maxwell Road, #01-05, Singapore

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Heap Seng Leong

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

The Butter Coffee and Kaya Toast at Heap Seng Leong have remained unchanged throughout the years. Every day, without fail, the elderly owner of the coffee shop has expertly grilled toast over a charcoal stove. Mr. Shi’s Kaya Toast is simple—what makes it special is the coffee meant to go with it. Mr. Shi creates Butter Coffee (Kopi Gu You) by mixing a robust brew with condensed milk, topping it with a bit of butter. The creamy butter melts, giving a smooth and rich flavor to the coffee. Heap Seng Leong is a little haven safe from time, going about breakfast as its always been.


10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore

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YY Kafei Dian

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

Sweet Kaya on a pillow-soft bun—that’s the guarantee at YY KaFei Dian. Their bread is toasted, forming a slight crust, but it remains light to the touch. A generous amount of Kaya also rests between the halved bun. Their Kaya is slightly darker, with a taste that resembles peanut butter. They also offer other Hainanese fare for a little more food to enjoy before your Kaya dessert.


37 Beach Road, #01-01, Singapore

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Keng Wah Sung

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 14 June 2018

It’s the simple, overlooked stalls that sometimes hide the best food in the city. Keng Wah Sung is an unsung hero of the classic Singaporean breakfast, as they serve a mean Kaya Toast Set with runny eggs and coffee. Their homemade Kaya is slathered generously on very thin toast, so you get a load of the sweet coconut jam in every bite. You know it’s a hit when locals wipe their plate of eggs clean with the toast—and they do! They also plate up a no-fail Nasi Lemak, as well as Mee Siam or Wanton, to complete your morning.


783 Geylang Road, Singapore

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