Kaya toast has long been one of the most popular foods in Singapore and in Asian cultures as a whole. Tourists throughout the world rave about how delicious it is and see it as the ultimate treat. To give you a better idea of what kaya toast is and how it is made, here are a few things to know about it.
It Is Made with a Kaya Spread
As you may already know, kaya toast is made using what is known as a kaya spread. This spread is rather thick, and is made with coconut and pandan. Pandan is a leaf that is often used in Southeast Asian cuisine as a way to add flavour to a variety of different foods. The combination of coconut and pandan creates one of the more indescribable, and delicious, tastes that you will find.
The Spread Can Be Made Fresh or Bought Canned
If you have interest in putting together some kaya spread on your own, there are several recipes that can be found on the Internet to help you with this. It should be noted, however, that this can be a rather difficult, and messy, process.
For those that would prefer letting someone else make and process their food, going with a canned option is generally just as good. You can find Singapore’s popular jam & kaya spread at a variety of different grocers throughout the region, and you will quickly find that there are several different brands to choose from.
It Is Considered a Breakfast Staple in Singapore
As has been touched on briefly already, kaya toast is one of the more popular foods in Asian cultures. It is considered to be a breakfast staple, and is often eaten in combination with other breakfast foods like soft-boiled eggs.
Some fans of this meal will also add soy sauce to add even more flavour to the meal. Historically, kaya toast has been eaten while drinking a cup of coffee or tea. For this reason, it is often found as a popular menu choice on cafes throughout the world that cater to Asian cuisine and culture.
There Are Different Ways to Make It
As would be expected with any recipe, there are a number of different ways to make kaya spread, and therefore kaya toast. Many people who make the spread fresh will add varying levels of coconut to influence how sweet or bland their spread ends up being.
In addition, you will find that the use of pandan is not always necessary. While it does help to add the thickness and aroma that most people feel is what really makes kaya what it is, some people feel that simply adding a little vanilla flavouring will do the job just as well. This is especially true for those that do not enjoy the unique texture that is already created by the use of a lot of coconut.