Top 10 Best Kaya Toast in Singapore
Kaya Toast has been a breakfast staple since the olden days – loved by many, even the older generations. It is a well-known snack in Singapore and Malaysia, prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs, pandan, and sometimes margarine or butter. Kaya is generally served on toast, and also sometimes on crackers. The dish is sometimes dipped into soft-boiled eggs with a little dark soy sauce and white pepper [source]. Now, if you’re a die-hard fan of kaya toast, you have come to the right place. Tropika Club will take you through aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Kaya Toast in Singapore.
1. Tong Ah Eating House
Introduction: After 75 years standing at the triangular building on Keong Saik Road as an iconic kopitiam, Tong Ah has relocated to its current place with just some stalls away from the original spot. New home, but flavors are familiar. Kaya toast and coffee are still the ones pleasing the palates of many Singaporean generations.
Offerings: The Kaya is unlike any other Kayas – the Kaya is homemade – grainy, with a right balance of sweetness and butter altogether. Coupled with the crispy toast, one bite and it leaves you wanting for more! As some may call it, “the kaya they served is truly authentic! One of the best I’ve ever had”.
Location: 35 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089142
Contact: +65 6223 5083
2. Good Morning Nanyang Cafe
Introduction: Voted best toast by Straits Times and rated highest by Makansutra, this cafe is situated in the hearts of Orchard Road – Far East Plaza. Started in 2005, this coffee shop quickly became a popular kaya toast destination for both locals and tourists.
Offerings: Orange ciabatta kaya toast, a start dish at Good Morning Nanyang Cafe: Great texture, taste and fragrance make this dish impressive. The ciabatta is slightly toasted, leaving the outer layer crispy and the inside soft. It becomes delightful when a hint of caramelized orange peel is added in to complement the kaya and butter in a fresh and unique way.
Location: 14 Scotts Rd, #02-23, Singapore 228213
Contact: +65 9650 3256
3. Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee
Introduction: Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee started its operation at Lau Pa Sat in 1964. It was founded by Ah Seng’s father, and to date, it has more than 50 years of history. Ah Seng was his father’s little helper until he took over after ten years. The shop then relocated to Amoy Street Food Centre in 1997 and has been operating there ever since. Today, Ah Seng still runs the stall with his wife and son.
Offerings: Coupled with their mouthwatering Kaya Toast and a cup of coffee, it is indeed irreplaceable. The Kaya is extra smooth, and the half-boiled egg is cooked to perfection. If you have an exotic eating style, we recommend you to dip the kaya toast into the eggs and eat it altogether – like a local.
Location: 7 Maxwell Rd, #02-95, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Contact: +65 9710 2907
4. Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Introduction: Established since 1944 with stores located conveniently across Singapore, they believe that a good toast can bind kinship, friendship and partnership. They keep things simple: bringing affordable products to consumer, pursue excellence in customer service, and position itself at the forefront of innovation for product development. Today, Ya Kun is a household name when it comes to Kaya Toast or Coffee.
Offerings: Toasted to crispy perfection, their Kaya Toast is slathered with the signature kaya and two thick slabs of lightly salted butter that melts in your mouth. It is perfectly complemented with soft-boiled eggs and a hot drink of coffee or tea.
Location: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-49, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Contact: +65 6235 1653
5. Heavenly Wang
Introduction: Heavenly Wang offers the same great taste of Wang Café’s signature kopi and toast but with a halal range of food & beverage coupled with traditional bakery delights. Set in a classy ambience with its trademark biscuit wall, and nostalgic feel, Heavenly Wang offers traditional kopi lovers a place to enjoy conversations over good halal food.
Offerings: Heavenly Wang uses brown sliced bread and toasts it the traditional way – over piping hot grills to give the crispy texture and fragrance. Choose from Wang’s signature kaya spread or other variety for the added flavor.
Location: 68 Orchard Road, #B2-35/36, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
6. Heap Seng Leong
Introduction: Located at 10 North Bridge Road, this traditional coffee shop has been serving customers since 1974. It is manned by Mr Shi Pong Hsu – who is in his eighties – and his son, 54-year-old Mr Shi Ting Chow. Aside from its old-school look and feel, Heap Seng Leong is also well known for its kopi gu you, also known as butter coffee. [source]
Offerings: If you’re looking for a reasonable and traditional local breakfast place, this is the place you should not miss. A set of Kaya butter toast, half-boiled egg, and coffee with butter is priced at SGD 3.60. A big shout-out to the coffee with butter – there’s no other place you can get it – not even any branded chains. It’s definitely one of its kind.
Location: 10 North Bridge Rd, #01-5109, Singapore 190010
Contact: +65 6292 2368
7. Toast Hut
Introduction: Local coffee, kaya toast, and soft boiled eggs for half the price of what the competition sells it for – This is what Toast Hut is all about. Started in 2007 by a young hawkerpreneur Melvin Soh, the now 35-year-old worked in various coffee chains before getting interested in traditional coffee and toast.
Offerings: The toasts were pretty decent – just think, thicker Ya Kun toasts with a similar Kaya spread. The coffee and tea is the signature – rich aroma and smooth. Dip the toast into the coffee for that extra taste.
Location: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-52, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Contact: +65 8125 7729
8. Keng Wah Sung Cafe
Introduction: This is one of the oldest coffee shops in Singapore and has been family-run for more than 70 years.
Offerings: Breakfast Set consists of coffee, toast, and eggs for $3.20 -one of the cheapest around. The perfectly crisp toast was served with thick slices of butter and a generous spread of their homemade Hainanese kaya. It is handmade and contains no preservatives. Though the kaya tasted a little sweeter, this is the taste that most Hainanese grew up with. Their traditional coffee really hits the spot and it is amongst the best in town.
Location: 783 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389672
Contact: +65 6744 3784
9. YY Kafei Dian
Introduction: YY Kafei Dian started from a passion for providing comfort foods of traditional Hainanese flavors, and the warm nostalgic atmosphere of the old Singaporean coffee shop.
Offerings: Slathered with a generous amount of Hainanese kaya and topped with a slab of butter, the soft fluffy buns were freshly grilled till they achieved that light crispy texture on the outside.
Location: 37 Beach Rd, #01-01, Singapore 189678
Contact: +65 6336 8813
10. Toast Box
Introduction: Established in October 2005, Toast Box is a Singaporean contemporary coffee chain rooted in the recreation of Nanyang coffee and toast culture popular during the 1960s and 70s. Step inside and be greeted by the fragrance of coffee made from freshly-ground caramelized coffee beans, complemented by a menu of familiar home favorites. The enticing aroma of brewed coffee and flavourful local delights infuse vibrancy of life into every store, bringing people together to share in the nostalgic taste of a bygone era.
Offerings: A true Singaporean favorite, featuring a spread of kaya (coconut jam) and slices of butter between freshly toasted bread! Best paired with half-boiled eggs and a cup of Kopi.
Location: 176 Orchard Road, #B1-08, Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Contact: +65 6341 9759
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