Kaya Toast

Kaya toast video (scroll down for recipe)

I met Lynn Chen recently (you might recognize her from the film Saving Face or from Law and Order: SVU which is one of my favorite shows even though it gives me the heeby-jeebies) and as it turns out, we have more in commonthan that just laughing really really loud. We also both love delicious food. (You can read about our lunch together here on her blog, TheActorsDiet).

When I asked if she’d like to be a guest on my show, she was super excited about sharing her version of kaya toast, a Southeast Asian snack I’d never heard of. Fortunately for you and me and everyone around us, kaya toast is super easy to make at home as long as you have the kaya jam. You can make it, and there are several recipes online, but you can also buy it through Amazon Srikaya Jam (Pandan Taste) – 8.8oz [Pack of 3] (affiliate link).

Get more of Lynn on her YouTube channel: LynnChenTube

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Lynn’s kaya toast recipe


Kaya Toast

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  • Author: Lynn Chen
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 2 slices firm white bread
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons kaya jam
  • 1 egg
  • dark soy sauce (or regular soy sauce)


  1. Spread one side of each slice of bread with a teaspoon of butter. Spread the other side of each slice with a tablespoon of kaya jam.
  2. Grill buttered sides over medium heat until toasty. Set aside.
  3. Heat remaining butter in skillet and fry egg sunny side up or over easy to your preference.
  4. Make a sandwich with the toasted bread and place the egg on top.
  5. Cut into quarters and eat with your hands.

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  1. Linda on January 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hey girl! The jar from the link to Amazon is green and the kaya in your video is yellow. Can you use either? Thanks!

    • Hilah on January 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Linda! Yeah, you can use either. The green one is flavored with pandan. The one we used wasn’t.

  2. Deena Caunt on January 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I love kaya. I have a recipe for it and make it quite often, it’s really good.

    • Hilah on January 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Cool! That’s awesome that you make it yourself.

  3. Jon Conley on January 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Hey Hilah,

    Prepare to be flooded by angry Malaysians and Singaporeans! My girlfriend, upon watching this, exclaimed: “Noooooooo! That’s not even how you do it! Let me read the comments!” ????

    So, Kaya Toast is typically prepared as two pieces of toasted white bread; one side with Kaya, the other side, with cold slices (or “flakes”) of butter.

    The sandwich is then dipped into a bowl of extremely gooey soft-boiled egg with white pepper and dark (sweet) soy sauce (kecap manis).

    The yellow versions are prepared differently from the green. If you’re looking at green Kaya, it has either been dyed, or the pandan leaves were broken down to create a concentrated essence before being stirred into the egg mixture.

    Here’s a great recipe from an excellent Malaysian Chef:


    Comfort foods are like religions: if you deviate from agreed upon tradition, people get upset. Sort of like with BBQ in our country. ????????

    That said, don’t let the unknown discourage you. SE Asia contains some of the best food in the world!

    If some of you guys are having trouble finding or making Kaya, try a decently-sized Asian grocer. Ask if they have a Malaysian section. One decent and popular brand is “Glory Nonya Kaya” (a SG export).

    Happy eating!

    • Hilah on January 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks, Jon!
      Hope your girlfriend wasn’t too upset 😉

  4. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet on January 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Your photos turned out so beautiful! Thanks again for having me. xoxo

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