Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Kaya sandwich toast - coconut jam and butter, a perfect pair!

Kaya is a jam flavored by pandan leaf and sweetened with sugar, made from coconut milk and chicken eggs. The spread originated in Southeast Asia, most likely Indonesia or Malaysia.

Kaya is sweet and creamy, available as a golden brown or green colored spread depending on the amount of pandan and extent of caramelization of the sugar. As with other jams, kaya is typically spread on toast and eaten in the morning or for tea breaks. This toast, also known as kaya toast where essentially kaya and usually butter are spread on two pieces of preferably toasted bread, has gradually made its way as a popular snack in Singapore and some parts of Malaysia.

This kaya (coconut jam) + butter sandwich toast is even served as a snack or tea set: with half-boiled/soft-boiled eggs adding dashes of pepper and dark soy sauce, and consumed with tea or coffee adding condensed milk (kopi-gaw, kopi-si); even black ~kopi-o!

I made these kaya toasts - one of my favorite sweet sandwich snacks, timely for Show Us Your Sarnie event over at A Year at Oak Cottage.

A comfort snack. Enjoy.

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