From vibrant coffee shops known as kopitiams in Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia, kaya toast has established itself as a breakfast favorite. In this simple and delicious dish, toasted bread is generously layered with sweet and custard nut jam, finished with a thin dollop of cold butter for a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.
The Essence of Kaya
The heart of Kaya Toast is in the name Kaya Jam. This rich and creamy concoction is carefully crafted with coconut milk, egg yolks, sugar and pandan to give it a distinctive grassy and slightly sweet aroma. The delicate aroma of pandan enhances the sweetness of the jam, creating a harmonious combination that is soothing and refreshing.
Preparing the Kaya Toast
To begin your Kaya Toast journey, gather the following items:
2 slices of white bread, cut into slices.
1 1/2 teaspoons salted butter, finely chopped
1 large soft boiled egg
Dark soy sauce to serve
Prepare the nut jam: If you are using store-bought nut jam, open the empty jar and set aside. For homemade cashew jam, follow the popular recipe and let cool completely before proceeding.
Toast the bread: Place slices of bread in a toaster or pan and toast until golden brown on both sides.
Assemble the dosa: Spread a generous amount of the nut jam on the dosa piece. Add the finely chopped butter on top, making sure the distribution is even. A sandwich with leftover toast.
Serve with soft-boiled eggs and soy sauce: Carefully separate the soft-boiled eggs into two small bowls. Add dark soy sauce to each bowl and a pinch of white pepper if desired.
Cut each nut toast sandwich in half and place on a plate with a soft-boiled egg. Dip the dosaik in the egg yolk and enjoy the symphony of flavors dancing on your palate.
For a spicy flavor, toast the bread until the edges are slightly crisp.
If you prefer a less sweet nut jam, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.
Try different types of bread, such as wheat or sourdough, to find out your personal preferences.
Have a cup of hot coffee or tea with your nut toast.
Exemplifying life’s simple pleasures, Kaya revels in the joy of baking. Embrace the comforting warmth of sweet, custard nut jam, cold butter and toasted bread. Let the flavors transport you to the vibrant streets of Southeast Asia, where kaya toast reigns as a beloved breakfast tradition.