Sunday, April 20, 2008

Coconut jam... a.k.a. Kaya

It was said that the coconut is one of the most useful fruit that one can find. Its husk is used for waterproofing roofs, its shells for bowls, its juice for drinking, its flesh for food and its oil for curry. Of course, its seed will give you a brand new tree. Neat eh?

Some of the folks back then must have grown tired of eating curry and decided to try to concoct a jam with it. Thank goodness for that. These days, kaya (or coconut jam) with slices of white bread form the staple of many ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia. If done right, its rich texture and sweet creamy taste will keep one coming back for more.


Usually, I get my kaya from Ya Kun. But saw that Breadtalk has started producing its own kaya as well. So decided to give it a try.

Well, as for the verdict... I decided to stick with Ya Kun.

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8 comments:

kyh said...

Hmm I love kaya! Reminds me that I haven't tried it for so long now...

lina said...

Me too! Kaya reminds me of my childhood and the "babu" roti. :D

eastcoastlife said...

You are back in London!? So you were here only for a short while. Must have lug a whole load of local foodstuff back. hehehe....

C K said...

@lina
I've not tried "babu" roti before... is that some kind of sweetened bread?

@ecl
Stayed in Singapore for only a week. So little time, so much to do... surprisingly, didn't bring back much other than 3 rows of "tao sa pia". :)

SheR. said...

I tried making my own kaya once. I think it's not economical to make just a jar of it.
I can understand why BreadTalk decides to come up with their own Kaya judging from the continuing success of Ya Kun. My fav is still the original at Old Market! Miss it! :(

Dutchie said...

Does anyone know the orange coloured kind of kaya ? U can really taste the richness of the eggs n coconut milk in them.

Haha ck .. only 3 rolls of tau sa pia! I would cramped 20kg of goodies in our baggage - bah kwah is top of the list !

C K said...

@sher.
You mean there's a difference in taste of kaya sold at different Ya Kun branches? I thought it's all made in a central factory? No?

C K said...

@dutchie,
I've seen it before but I thought that it was due to colouring. Have not tasted it though... hmm, will definitely tried it out the next time round. Thanks for the heads up!

Haha, I was afraid that my bak kwa would be confiscated. Unlike tau sa pia, bak kwa smells quite a bit. :p