One of the unexpected benefits of knowing the Creator of the world, i’ve come to discover, is an exceptional ability to enjoy the things of this world. One can exclaim confidently,”Ah, my Father made this”, before settling down to delight in his good provision.
Kaya is a marvellous concoction of eggs, coconut milk/cream, sugar, and sometimes, pandan leaves. There is a choice of:
- “traditional” or “hainanese” kaya that tastes more caramelised and even like dulce de luche; and
- “nonya” kaya that comes in shades of green from the fragrant pandan leaf goodness within.
Kaya jam is usually slathered on some charcoal-grilled toast or steamed soft white bread and this happy duo topped with a slice of butter. For a complete meal, add soft-boiled eggs pepped-up with soya sauce and a dash of white pepper, and some good strong local coffee or tea.
Sampled were the following brands:
- Singsia Traditional Kaya Spread
- Singsia Pandan Kaya Spread
- Sunshine Homemade Hainanese Kaya
- Sunshine Homemade Nonya Kaya
- EveryHome Natural SRJ Egg Kaya
- Glory Nonya Kaya
- Uncle Cook’s Premium Quality Pandan Kaya
Surprisingly, it was the strangely green Mustafa-housebrand Uncle Cook’s that won by virtue of its complexity of taste (not too sweet, nor eggy, nor caramelly) and texture (not strangely gel-like or gunky).