For my trip to Singapore this time round, I wasn't allowed to do any shopping at the malls. In fact, I didn't even walk down Orchard Road or step into the new mall, Vivocity. Not that I didn't wish to boost Singapore's economy by a few points but I decided to spend whatever little time I had exploring some Singapore food.
Two places I always associate kaya toast in Singapore has been Ya Kun and Killineys. Since we get Killineys in Malaysia, I picked Ya Kun instead for Sunday breakfast. My friend, A who used to work in the financial district only knew one outlet i.e. this one in China Street. Starting out at Lau Pat Sat (the old market), they have been in business since 1944. It's now a healthy franchise business boasting outlets all over Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Heard that the franchise fee is a whopping S$30,000 so I guess selling kaya toast, half boiled eggs and coffee really pays off.
Unlike places in Malaysia, the half boiled eggs are cracked for you. It's actually a good idea as it was perfectly cooked without any clear uncooked egg. Drizzle some soy sauce (which is pretty thick versus the ones we get in Malaysia), sprinkle a dash of white pepper and you'll have a really satisfying meal. I've always loved half boiled eggs ever since I was a kid. It used to be our daily regiment to pop one tiny egg before going to school.
Unlike the thicker type of toast in Malaysia, Ya Kun's version reminds me of Ipoh Old Town Kopitiam. Here they use brown bread which is sliced thinly. Spread with kaya and a slab of butter, it's nice and crispy just on it's own or dipped in the half boiled egg. Since the kitchen was out of bounds (with a no entry sign above the doorway) I couldn't see whether they used the old fashioned charcoal grill or a toaster for the bread. The kaya was not too sweet and unlike the Ipoh Old Town version, here you don't get melting butter dripping down as the toast is not piping hot. I also sampled their coffee which I didn't think much. Somehow the aroma of coffee in Malaysia is much better and stronger.
Although most of the outlets are owned by franchise, this particular outlet is owned by the original family. It's pretty nice surrounded by the high rise buildings with an outside area. I even spied a golden retriever sitting with it's owners enjoying their breakfast and a group of Japanese tourists snapping pictures away of the food and the restaurant.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast
18 China Street
Far East Square
(Pork free. Open from 9am onwards)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Singapore Food + Ya Kun Kaya Toast