My dad’s morning ritual for the longest time had always been having breakfast at the coffee shop when we were kids. The coffee shop I’m talking about here is unlike coffee shop like Starbucks you see. We call this Kopi (Coffee) Tiam (Shop) in our Chinese dialect. There you go, you may just learned another language if you never heard of it before 🙂 It’s a common scenario that people selling food and doing businesses at their houses in Indonesia. Houses are usually at least two-story high and can go as high as five stories. The first story is usually used for business and the second level and up are private spaces. Doors are usually either rolling doors, sliding doors, or folding doors (if there’s such term!). So, the doors are always wide-open for business. So, back to this kopi tiam, which is also the owner’s house. It’s a real old school coffee shop. No air conditioner. Fans are blowing. Dad usually met up with his friends at this particular kopi tiam and when I had an English class tuition once a week, I would go with him to have breakfast there and then he would drop me off for the tuition. I can tell you, it’s one of my most favorite memories with him. One that makes me smile and tear up at the same time. I miss you dad! This post is definitely for you 🙂
My dad is a coffee drinker, so he always had his doses (yeah…several throughout the days) of caffeine and he would order me some milk tea and a breakfast of my choice. The food was super awesome! That’s like the highlight of my every visit. Seriously. I just believe I was born to love food. Like really love food! One of my favorite breakfast food from that kopi tiam was kaya toast. I’m sure you know what toast is and I’m sorry if you are a bit lost with what the heck kaya is. Last week I posted about this creamy kaya that I literally just couldn’t stop spreading on any breads or buns I could get myself hands on. Now, the version I had when I was a kid was just the toast and kaya. I learned about kaya butter toast when I lived in Singapore for 3 years. So, basically this kaya toast is built on that kaya spread and butter. You read it right BUTTER! and I will not argue that butter…butter just makes everything tastes good. Even my kids know that fact!
I call this kaya toast a Southeast Asian classic kaya butter toast, because really…. many Southeast Asians, especially from Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia definitely know this toast by heart. It’s something so simple yet it’s my ultimate comfort food.
Southeast Asian classic kaya butter toast
- 4 slices of white bread
- Cold butter
- Creamy coconut and eggs jam - refer to recipe in the link above srikaya
Toast the slices of bread in your toaster and toast until they are golden brown, slightly darker if I may put it that way
Traditionally, the crusts of the bread are removed from all four sides, but you can leave them on if you prefer. Spread the kaya generously on both sides of the toast and then cut some slices of cold butter and arrange it on top of the toast and then top with another piece of toast. Cut them into four equal size or you can cut it diagonally into half. The cold butter will gradually melt when it comes into contact with the heat from the toast! THE BEST !!!!
Recipe NotesKaya toast is traditionally prepared using white soft bread. I made my own white matcha bread loaf. You are welcome to use whole wheat/ whole meal.
I felt a bit bummed when I saw that my soft-boiled egg was WAAYYYYY overcooked. Sad..sad…sad!!! I like to have my kaya butter toast with soft-boiled eggs doused in a bit of soy sauce and white pepper powder and milk tea because all of these just remind me of childhood. But anyway….the kaya butter toast made me forgot about the not-exactly-hard-boiled-egg-or-soft-boiled-egg situation.
If I may offer one piece of advice for those of you who have never had kaya toast before, make them with a white bread so you know the real kaya toast porn experience (did I just say that?). No regrets ! (peace!!)