Kaya & Toast is a relatively new concept eating
establishment that specializes in kaya toast – the breakfast staple
served in Malaysian coffee shops since time immemorial. Kaya & Toast – House of Coffee and Toast
brings this simple but satisfying old skool menu item back with a
vengeance. I went there for tea just now. Kaya & Toast is open from
7 am to 7 pm.
Kaya & Toast did an advertising blitz around my office area with
glossy full color flyers depicting nostalgic images of kaya toast with
soft boiled eggs and coffee. It is reproduced in the eating
establishment in a larger than life wall printing. The text goes “Old time favorite. Remember those were the days… The scent of a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a heavenly slice of toast with kaya.“
The place has an outdoor seating area with square tables and square
chairs (love the symmetry) as well as a well ventilated indoor seating
area with ceiling fans. It reproduces the charm of an old coffee shop
and relates it to the newer generation of people. Kaya & Toast is a
self-service establishment and serves a small, but intriguing menu of
toast related products ranging from the established kaya toast (also
known as roti kahwin) to the unorthodox curry toast.
I went for the full monty and ordered one set of kaya toast (RM
1.70), one set of soft boiled eggs (RM 1.50) and kopi-o (RM 0.80). The
soft boiled eggs comes in twos and is pre-cracked for your convenience.
The coffee they make is good, and they also serve Italian brews. The
highlight of the meal would be the two slices of home made bread
toasted to crispy perfection and slathered with rich creamy home made
kaya (a coconut based paste).
The kaya toast was buttered with an unusual method – the butter is
sliced into thin mini-slabs and embedded at appropriate intervals in
the kaya toast and left to melt. The kaya toast here is great! It came
out nicely crispy and the kaya is sweet and creamy, with the butter
providing that delicious aftertaste that just begs you to take one more
bite. This is a serious fucking piece of kaya toast, no shit.
I also couldn’t resist going for the Milo Dinosaur
(RM 1.90) which is a recent concoction involving an iced Milo drink
topped with generous heaps of Milo powder. It’s alright, but go for the
kaya toast too. It’s a must-try item…this place has truly earned
their right to the name with that product.
The proper method to eat kaya toast is to dip it into the soft boiled egg, just like egg soldiers. :)