YA KUN KAYA TOAST AND COFFEE (亞坤) COMES TO HONG KONG!
Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Coffee comes to Hong Kong opening in Tsim Sha Tsui on Chatham Road South!
Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Coffee is a Singaporean franchise and famous for its Kaya toast and coffee. It started as a family-run coffeestall in 1944.
Its expansion? Rapid. It’s now even in India, Maldives and the U.A.E. to name a few places and in June 2014, Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Coffee opened their doors in Hong Kong!
Come with us as we check out their signature food and drinks!
They are famous for their coffee & toast – oh how befitting, since their restaurant name is Ya Kun Kaya “Toast & Coffee”. Kaya toast is a popular Malaysian and Singaporean breakfast and it is basically toast with kaya (coconut jam), butter, sugar and coconut milk. Founded in 1944 by Loi Ah Koon, Ya Kun was a family-run coffeestall until his son took over and built it up as a franchise starting in 1999.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Coffee’s location is Tsim Sha Tsui, near the Hong Kong Museum of History, a 3 minute walk away from the June 4th Museum and a 10 minute walk away from the HK 3D Museum. (If you’re curious about the June 4th Museum or HK 3D museum, please see my review of it here and here, respectively. )
We went super early because we were keeners and was aiming to be at the June 4th Museum by 11am, so on an early Saturday morning during within 1st or 2nd week after Ya Kun’s opening, we, with groggy eyes, headed over to huddled under one teeny HK sized umbrella because it has to rain when the location you want isn’t right next to the MTR. That’s the Rain Mandate #1. Rain Mandate #2 – if you don’t have an umbrella, it has to pour and shit puppies and kitties.
I digress. Anyways, It was a little past 10am, and the line-up was already out the door. Yikes.
It’s self serve – meaning if there are two of you, one lines up and the other scurries around the restaurant trying to secure seats.
Defiant on making it to the June 4th Museum by 11am, we thought we could save time by perusing the menu phamplet prior so we would know exactly what to order. Good plan right? Well, not exactly because you see, or what you won’t see until you’re in front of the cashier, is that there are Kaya Toasts sets that are much cheaper than ordering all their famous stuff a la carte.
And that’s why there’s such a huge line-up. DUH. Everybody doesn’t realize there are toast sets until the very last minute when you need to order. I think it could be vastly improved by either including the sets in their menus, having it on the wall, or on the TV screen(s).
A Kaya toast set includes, an order of toast, a coffee, and their signature eggs. It was the easiest way to try all their signature items all in one go.
I opted for the Kaya Toast Peanut Butter set and my friend went with their regular Kaya Toast set. There’s a 30 mins prep time for the toast. WHAT? WHY? Because they only can toast 8 slices of bread at any given time in the entire restaurant and one order of toast uses 6 slices. Oh… If you’re famous for toast, wouldn’t you think to get more toasters? Fine.
They give you a number that you place on your table so they the waiters know which order is which. We got lucky #8 (though it in no way meant we got our toasts any faster).
The Beverages & Cutlery:
With the theme of self serve, for your cutlery, utensils, and beverages, you need to get it yourself. You go to the drinks bar, and you get what you want. I believe you show them your receipt and the drinks master will then make your drink.
A Kaya toast set @ $39 HKD ($6 USD)
Kaya toast (it’s a triple decker, x2)
2 soft boiled eggs
How does one eat the eggs?
No, unfortunately, it wasn’t for me.
The original Kaya toast was preferred because the peanut butter one was too creamy and filling. My friend really enjoyed it, but I’m not really a huge kaya or toast fan, so I probably won’t be heading back anytime soon.
I didn’t try the noodle dishes, like the Laksa per se, but I saw them and I wouldn’t say that they looked very visually appetizing… It didn’t seem to have a lot of toppings, and there wasn’t enough soup for the noodles; it was just overall not appealing, so hopefully, it tastes a lot better than it looks?
The coffee was okay. It’s black but sugared heavily like the way they do it in Singapore and Malaysia.
I think if you do want to go, wait about 3 months to let them have time to iron out the kinks and to buy more toasters so the wait time can be greatly improved.