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Aug 19, 2009 11:43 PM

kaya toast - anywhere in l.a. but street?

i know that street serves it. but is there anyplace malay/singaporean that has it?

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  1. Kaya toast is really a breakfast item in Singapore/Malaysia, so you'll be hard pressed to find it at a restaurant, I think. I go to 99 Ranch or SG Superstore and buy the Yeo's or Glory brand kaya, and a couple loaves of asian style white bread and make my own.

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    1. re: boogiebaby

      Is the Yeo brand the one in the can? I saw it, but got a little intimidated that it wasn't in a jar and could see what it looks like.

      1. re: Lynndsey Rigberg

        Yes, Yeo's comes in a can with a blue label. The kaya inside is the bright orange kind. Good stuff. Glory kaya comes in a glass bottle, and is a pale green color. My hubby prefers the orange kind, as that's what he likes to get in Singapore, so I tend to buy the Yeo's one more often. Also, 99 Ranch stores somestimes has 2 sizes of the Yeo's cans -- when they have the small ones, I stock up as 1 can makes enough kaya toast for my, hubby and my 2 kids. With the bigger one, I have leftovers I need to store in the fridge.

    2. Agree with boogiebaby - I think the number of Singaporean and Malaysian expats is relatively small and dispersed throughout SoCal, as are the eateries. I don't think there is enough demand or supply to establish this particular dish here (yet). My wife is from Malaysia and spent a lot of time in Singapore as well - most folks just do this at home for a quick breakfast. I find the bread that works the best is that really thick-sliced white sandwich/toast bread that you can get at most Japanese and Chinese bakeries, as well as at many of the respective grocery stores as well. It's pretty obvious that boogiebaby knows her kaya as well - Yeo's or Glory is the way to go. If you're handy in the kitchen, you could probably make your own as well. I've seen quite a few recipes online for kaya.

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        Thanks, bulavinaka. My mom is from Singapore, and I visit Singapore and Malaysia fairly often to visit her side of the family. Kaya toast is one of my favorite breakfast/late night snacks. It has to be on asian style bread though, with slivers of butter inside. 99 Ranch sells Yeo's kaya all the time, and has Glory sometimes, so when they have it, I stock up. I go to the Van Nuys location. If I'm doing my quarterly trip to SG Superstore (I go to stock up on items that 99 Ranch doesn't have) then I stock up from there!

        1. re: boogiebaby

          Hi boogiebaby - we follow a similar profile at our home - 99 Ranch in Van Nuys for quicker trips from the Westside, and usually to SGV from 1-2x month to once a quarter, depending on how busy we are. I saw your post on the other board about two favorite cities for food - I would have chosen Singapore as well, but the govt seems to impose fines and taxes on everything fun - especially on my Tiger beer! :)

          1. re: bulavinaka

            You can buy Tiger beer here in So. CA too. :) My local Whole Foods (Porter Ranch) carries the larger bottles, and BevMo carries (or used to carry) the 6 packs. Lately I just stock up when I go to SG Superstore -- they sell the 6 packs as well.

        2. re: bulavinaka

          We went to Yazmin in Alhambra for lunch today and they were offering their house-made kaya in one pint take-out containers. We picked one up, some white toast bread from Mitsuwa, and had some kaya toast at home (with butter, no egg). The kaya tasted very much of custard, gula melaka, and a little light on the coconut and pandan. It's like home-made, so if you pick some up, lay some plastic wrap on top of the kaya and keep it in a cold part of your refrigerator - it won't keep nearly as long as the off-the-shelf version.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Wow! A thread about Kaya!

            We made our own at one pt. The recipe is simple but it's the timing and amount of work, especially with the consistency in stirring. Plus anytime you deal with eggs and over a low heated flame, a lot of things can go wrong. But definitely worth trying.

          2. It's not Singaporean, but Jazz at Jitlada sometimes whips up a batch of kaya. Like Street's, no pandan, but still not bad.

              1. Just tasted Kaya Toast for the first time today at Kaya Street Kitchen on Fairfax. Came searching to see if anyone's written about it yet. I really like this place. Food is really fresh, I guess it's Chipotle style type dining, where you tell them what you want in your bowl. What I really liked was that you can have every single topping available and nothing costs extra. I thought that was cool. Next time I won't get every single topping, there was just too much going on in my lunch but now I know what to get for next time :) Anyway, back to the Kaya Toast, I've never had it before so I have nothing to compare it to, but what I tasted was really delicious.

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                1. re: Clyde

                  If you like it, you can go to one of the asian markets and buy kaya. Toast the bread, spread kaya, sandwich it w/ sliced butter. Tastes similar.

                  Or just look online for recipes, it's very easy to make.