The familiar phrase “old but gold” certainly rings true for kaya toast — one of the quintessential local breakfast fares in Singapore. They are best enjoyed with a complete set of hot coffee/tea and two soft-boiled eggs. Depending on the place, kaya toast may have been served in a toasted sandwich or bun layered with kaya spread and butter. Okay, long story short, here are 8 Places That Serve the Best Kaya Toasts in Singapore.
1) Heap Seng Leong
Here’s an old-school kopitiam that has stood the test of time since 1974! People from all walks of life regardless of young or old love patronising Heap Seng Leong for breakfast. And it’s easy to see why: their signature kopi gu you (butter coffee) garnered positive responses from many customers, where the savoury butter balances the robust bitterness of the coffee. Best paired with one of their classic breakfast staples, notably the irresistible kaya toast.
The latter is traditionally done using white bread and lightly toasted on a charcoal stove — all freshly made upon order. Then, a generous spread of kaya and butter is sandwiched in between. The result? Delightfully crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, coupled with the sweet-and-savoury filling.
Address: Blk 10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010.
The history of Ya Kun goes way back to the 1940s and today, you can easily find them islandwide including the present OG outlet at Far East Square on China Street. One of the must-order items on the menu has to be their signature Kaya Toast with Butter. It’s thin and crispy, which goes well with a mix of traditional kaya and butter in between. You can order them a la carte or go for the set, which comes with two soft-boiled eggs (try dipping the toast too!) and a regular cup of hot coffee or tea.
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Tong Ah Eating House may have been known for serving zi char varieties. But let’s not forget about their traditional breakfast staples too, notably the good ol’ kaya toast. The latter is traditionally toasted on a charcoal grill, which gives it a nice and satisfying crisp upon every bite. Not to mention the savoury-sweetness slab of butter and fragrant kaya that goes together with the toast. Best paired with their robust cup of kopi gu you (butter coffee).
Address: 35 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089142.
YY Kafei Dian is home to many traditional Hainanese staples including chicken rice and pork chops, to name a few. Then, there’s the old-school kaya toast. More like a homemade bun, to be exact — all baked till lightly crusted while remaining soft and fluffy on the inside. Inside, you’ll get a nice slab of fragrant kaya and a square of butter. Pair this with a cup of hot coffee and soft-boiled eggs, it’s a simple yet fulfilling breakfast combo worth ordering here.
Address: 37 Beach Road #01-01, Singapore 189678.
5) Keng Wah Sung
More than 70 years and still counting. And we’re talking about the Keng Wah Sung coffee shop located at Geylang Road. They serve local kopitiam fare and if you are here for breakfast, try their bestselling kaya toast (you can go for the a la carte or set options). Nicely-toasted sandwich bread layered with deliciously homemade kaya and a slab of butter on the inside, which pairs well with a glass of hot coffee or tea.
Address: 783 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389672.
6) Toast Hut
The Old Airport Road Food Centre houses a few good stalls and one of them includes Toast Hut. A favourite among the young and older crowds during breakfast hours, Toast Hut’s bestselling kaya toast is well-balanced goodness of kaya and butter spread. Goes well with a cup of hot coffee and soft-boiled eggs — all perfect enough to start your day!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-52 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051.
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery has survived ups and downs, where the latter initially saw them closing up for good. That was back in 2018 but they made a comeback last year, complete with a refurbished bright-looking interior. Their famous kaya toast remains part of the menu here: charcoal-roasted brioche bun with homemade kaya and a square of butter. Go for the set, which comes with a drink and 2 soft-boiled eggs.
Address: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903.
8) Good Morning Nanyang Cafe
Good morning, indeed. Start your day with the traditional kaya toast, where their kaya is made in-house. It’s sweet without cloying that pairs well with butter. Interestingly enough, Good Morning Nanyang Cafe also serves a different type of kaya toast. The unique kind that serves in an orange peel ciabatta. What we get here is a lightly-toasted ciabatta with the zesty fragrance of caramelised orange peel. Together with the same kaya-butter spread, it’s a creative match made in heaven.
Address: 14 Scotts Rd, #02-03, Singapore 228213.
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