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Apr 7, 2013 11:10 AM

London - Kaya toasts and Ipoh white coffee at Candy Cafe, Chinatown

About the last thing I'd expect to find at Candy Cafe, a bright little casual eatery specialising in Taiwanese-style bubble tea and snacks, is authentic Ipoh-style "white coffee" ("怡保白咖啡) and kaya (egg custard jam) and butter toasts - which tasted 100% authentic and every much like those one would expect to find in Malaysia or Singapore.

Candy Cafe's Ipoh white coffee was buttery-rich, aromatic and slightly sweetened, as those one finds in Ipoh, Malaysia, itself - for me, my fave cuppa in London at the moment.

The kaya toast here closely approximated the version one finds in Singapore, and is actually better than those in many places I'd tried in Malaysian cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Ipoh, so kudos go to the folks at Candy Cafe here.

Another dessert item we tried were the peanut-filled glutinous rice balls (做湯圓), served in a hot ginger-brown sugar-flavored soup. The version here was good, but not outstanding.

Address details
Candy Cafe
3 Macclesfield Street
1st floor (Above Leong's Legend)
Chinatown, London W1D 6AU
Tel: +44 20 7434 4581

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  1. I was just at an Asian grocery store yesterday and saw some kaya, but decided not to buy it. Your post is making me regret my decision!

    6 Replies
    1. re: msiangal

      If/when you are in London, try and buy the kaya from Sedap on Old Street, msiangal - it's the best you'll get anywhere!

      1. re: klyeoh

        Sedap only have it if they're serving kaya-based desserts that week, so call ahead to avoid disappointment.

        You could also make your own if you feel like a little challenge - pandan leaves are available in Chinatown grocery stores.

        1. re: deansa

          The recipe for kaya toast is VERY labour intensive. :-)

          1. re: zuriga1

            zuriga1 - how are you? I've copied you (your hotmail address) in on the Chowdown we're planning for Lahori Nihari tomorrow. But I'm here in London all of this week and much of next.

          2. re: deansa

            Will add that to our list for our July trip to London! I looked up a few recipes for kaya and zuriga1 is right--involves stirring for a very long time. I'm probably too lazy to put in that much effort for something I only crave once in a while. :-)