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singaporean breakfast time

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Why is breakfast always one of the more awesome meals of any trip? Perhaps because breakfast is one of those meals that rarely gets transported to other shores in restaurant form. Who knows.

On our last morning in Singapore, Charif took us to the Hawker Center near the office. We had tried to venture to one of these HCs earlier in the week but had never made it. Needless to say we were blown away. They look so small from the outside but are really expansive inside – like the tougher, gangsta relative of mall food courts. Lots of selection and super cheap.

We tried out Quay 18 (or was it 16?) and put down SGD2 for the breakfast special.

You get two soft boiled eggs, kaya toast, and tea. The soft boiled eggs are really soft and we struggled a bit with how to eat them (saw a local later pouring all of the contents out into the bowl and then adding soy sauce). The tea was traditional milk tea (Julia was a big fan).

Kaya toast is traditional Singaporean food made with toasted bread (duh), kaya jam, and butter. Per Wikipedia, kaya jam has coconut milk, egg, and pandan leaf. It doesn’t taste that coconut-y to me. It tasted more like condensed milk and butter with maybe just a smidge of coconut. Overall I was a fan.

In the background there is carrot cake. I don’t think there’s actually any carrot though. Radish (er turnip?), eggs, and spices mostly. Good but didn’t match with the rest of breakfast.


Written by joann

May 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm

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  1. there are radish, but they consist of a very small portion 🙂


    May 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

  2. is that what the big white cubes are? radish? they are pretty soft from what i can remember. i liked the flavor but kaya toast + carrot cake is not a good combo. 😛


    May 25, 2008 at 7:20 pm

  3. haha its mostly flour, think glutinuous mixed with the carrots. kaya toast mostly goes with egg and coffee/tea my fav traditional brekkie, else something sinful like carrot cake or char kway teow!


    June 3, 2008 at 2:02 am

  4. i like kaya toast breakfast very much..!! soooo yummyyy..!! 😀


    March 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm

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