Breakfast & Brunch, Quick & Easy

Toasted Hailam Bread With Kaya

Toasted hailam bread with kaya (coconut and egg jam)… ahh that’s my kind of breakfast. No matter where you are in this world this bread and kaya combination will always remind us of home be it Malaysia or Singapore. Agree?

Toasted Hailam Bread With Kaya
Comfort snack. Mmmm…mmmmm

Hailam bread is plain white bread minus the crust. It is longer in shape and lighter. This is the best kind of bread we use for toasting due to its crispiness. Why it’s called hailam bread? I have no idea. If you know why kindly share with us. I would love to know more about the origin of this bread.

I buy hailam bread from the Indian bread vendor (roti man; roti = bread in Malay) that visit my neighborhood daily with his trusty motorbike. I’m lucky to still be able to enjoy this near-extinct ‘service’. Once awhile I would buy some junk food from the roti man for the sake of re-living my childhood memories. As for kaya, I have never make them before as they are easily available at sundry shops and supermarket.

Come now, let me show you how I like to prepare my toasted bread with kaya. Each individual has his/her own style and this is my style.

Spread Butter
Spread generous amount of butter on both side of hailam bread. Yup, must be both side for extreme umph-ness.

Then, toast bread at both side in a pan until golden brown.

Toasted Bread
Toasted hailam bread. Ahh goodness. Note the crispy and hollow holes on the bread?

Spread Kaya On Toast
Slather a good amount of kaya… covering the holes. Serve at once.
Ah… *saliva dripping

Toasted Hailam Bread With Kaya
Toasted hailam bread with kaya. Crispy, savory and sweet!
When you first bite into it, you get the kaya taste. Then you’ll be hit by the nice smell of butter and crunch. Absolute YUM!

A note of caution though. Once you have tasted it you’ll want more. Best eaten hot. The bread goes soggy faster than regular bread. So grab it quick ya (not that it’ll last long on the table).

Toasted Hailam Bread With Kaya
You can make it into sandwich style with kaya and slabs of butter in between. That’s what you get mostly at ‘kopitiams’ (coffee shops). They are good but not my favorite because I dislike dealing with melted butter and messy hands. For me I like spreading the kaya on the toasted bread and eat it just like that for that’s how I get to taste the individual flavours at their best.

What’s your favorite kind of way to eat toasted bread with kaya?

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  • Reply Iuhnix June 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love toasted hailam bread too. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Hi, thanks for dropping by. I guess it’s everyone’s fav!

  • Reply smallkucing June 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    my fav would be dunk into a cup of hot Kopi O

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Ohhh that’s delicious!

  • Reply cazzycazz June 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm


    Oh Amy you know best how to enjoy life with food!!!

  • Reply Nava Krishnan June 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    This is never my breakfast, but as my dessert.

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      I can eat this whole day! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lindy June 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Simple but delicious. Been a silent reader for a long time, just wanna tell you that I love the recipes and not to mention AWESOME pictures of food!! Great work. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Lindy, welcome anytime! I still need lots of practice on the pictures. I’ll take your compliment nevertheless. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dawn June 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Yep, is my favorite, too. The hailam bread is also good for dipping in curry! πŸ˜›

    • Reply Che-Cheh July 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Oh yes with curry. Ahh lau hau sui!

  • Reply foongpc July 8, 2011 at 12:31 am

    OMG!! So delicious! I’m hungry now!!! Add that with half boiled eggs and coffee and the breakfast would be perfect! : )

    • Reply Che-Cheh July 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      So that’s your perfect breakfast eh. I’ll take it with milo. Haha

  • Reply Loulou July 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    steamed hailam bread goes superbly with the butter melted on the white fluffy surface, finishing up with a thick layer of kaya … yums~ the sweet and savory combination just hits the spot !! anytime of the day…

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