How to make: Kaya toast, Singapore’s national breakfast dish kaya-toast

I spent my last day in Singapore taking the train from the airport to the Singapore IT Expo (SITEX) and back. There was a “left baggage” service where I dumped my bags for a fee so I could spend the morning hunting for camera lenses at, hopefully, bargain prices.

SITEX was one crowded place and the day was terribly humid. I lasted there for about an hour. By the time I got back to the airport at around 11 a.m., despite the heavy breakfast on the cruise ship, I was starving. I bought a book at from the airport book stall thinking that I could spend the waiting hours reading after I’ve eaten.

Then, I realized it was my last day in Singapore and I still hadn’t tried what most people say is the tiny nation’s national breakfast dish — kaya toast. And I decided that was what I would have.

Kaya toast is toasted (grilled, traditionally) bread filled with kaya and butter. Kaya is a jam or custard, whichever way you want to label it, made from eggs, sugar and coconut milk. The toast is served with soft boiled eggs (with soy paste and pepper on the side) and coffee. Loved it. So much. I wanted to bring kaya toast home with me. With coconut jam so easily available in the Philippines, making kaya toast at home is a cinch because the filling is ready is less than ten minutes. No need to make it from scratch. Kaya toast

Yesterday was the second time I made kaya toast at home. I had them for brunch — toast, eggs and coffee.


  • loaf bread (2 to 4 per person)
    coconut jam (available in markets, supermarkets and just about anywhere in this country)
    soft boiled eggs (1 to 2 per person)
    1 egg per 1/4 c. of coconut jam, beaten

Instructions Kaya toast

  1. Over simmering water, soften the coconut jam so that it can be easily stirred. Kaya toast

    Add beaten eggs to the warmed coconut jam and stir to incorporate the eggs completely.

    Simmer the mixture until thickened and resembles a soft curd. Kaya toast

    Spread the custard jam on toasted bread. Top with butter.

    Cover the bread with another piece of toasted bread and cut in halves. Kaya toast

    Serve the kaya toast with soft boiled eggs and coffee.

    How you season your soft boiled eggs is up to you. I like light soy sauce and chili sauce together. They really do magic to the eggs.

Cooking time (duration): 10 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 1


  1. says

    Wow! I love kaya, I ate so much kaya toast during a weeklong vacation in Singapore last year. I also brought home a couple of jars (Ya Kun Kaya), I would eat the kaya straight from the jar.

    I’ve been reading your blog for months now, but this just might be the first time I’ll try one of your recipes. Thanks so much for this.


  2. Macy says

    oooohhh… so sarap! i first tasted kaya toast sa kopi rotti pero after, i said, i can make this at home… meron pa palang egg na kasama sa coco jam. Im making this one next week! woohoo!!!

    ask ko lang po ms. connie, pwede po ba ibalik sa jar yung natirang jam and egg mixture? do i need to refrigerate?

    thank you! :D

  3. says

    that’s my almost everyday breakfast during my first year here in SG. ayun nagsawa din ako sa wakas.

    oh by the way…may nabibiling kaya jam sa mga grocery stores dito at yun ang pinapasalubong ko sa mga relatives ko.

  4. hazee says

    There’s also a diner in Trinoma named Toast something.. sorry i forgot the name which serves kaya toasts and sells the jam in jars =)

  5. u8mypinkcookies says

    love this too!! we make sure we bring home a jar of kaya spread whenever we visit Singapore.. so yummy. Luckily, mom has a friend from SG who knows how to make kaya spread so sometimes, she’d send us bottle of her homemade kaya!

    but yeah, coco jam is a good alternative too… :)

  6. u8mypinkcookies says

    Toast Box. I’ve tried that in SIngapore.. yummy! I wanna try the Manila franchise though.

  7. Ging says

    Isn’t Kaya also pandan flavored? That’s the kaya I had while staying in Singapore. Did not like it though..

  8. frankie says

    I lived in Singapore for a year while i was completing my Masters. Kaya toast and kopi (local brewed coffee mixed with condensed milk) were my staple breakfast items at the University. It’s really easy to make. Bread Talk here in Manila sells kaya spread. You may want to check them out for a more authentic kaya toast :)

  9. Daisy Ang says

    i actually tried this same recipe, same procedure… i love this toast. Sweet and salty from the eggs and the jam, the butter neutralizes the sweet flavor and the egg actually fills a hungry stomach;). thank you!

  10. Cheery LEE says

    so great! singaporean traditional breakfast that i can not forget, the day i’ve been in singapore my first taste kaya toast, that’s very nice…My papa said “you can try urself in ur country…how’s nice singaporean breakfast style?”i’m now want to make this for my family to taste.