Story of Kaya Breakfast
Life in Singapore may move at a rapid pace but when it comes to starting the day right, some things never change. For decades, mornings have begun with a generous spread of kaya (coconut jam) with butter on toast or fluffy white bread, soft boiled eggs with a dash of dark soy sauce and white pepper, and kopi (coffee). This breakfast staple can be found at cafes all over the island-nation and is enjoyed by both young and old alike.
Kaya, which means ‘rich’ in the Malay language, perfectly describes its texture and is traditionally produced through hours of stirring a coconut milk, sugar, and egg mixture, infused with pandan. It is said to have been created by Hainanese cooks who had worked for the British during colonial times and were inspired to create a local version of Western-style jams. Travellers to Singapore today often buy jars of kaya to take home with them and we couldn’t be more thrilled to present this delicious spread in our Singapore box.