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Ya Kun Coffee & Toast

Hong Kong, 尖沙咀漆咸道南40-45號Chevalier HouseC & D
| +852 3971 0884

Got to Have Kaya, Now

Ya Kun Coffee and Toast is a Singaporean cafe chain that has branches across East Asia. It specializes in breakfast dishes such as kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs, as well as a handful of Singaporean rice and noodle dishes.

The Tsim Sha Tsui branch in Hong Kong is sleek and modern, and the perfect place to grab breakfast if you are staying in the area. The Kaya Butter Toast is sublime: thin, crispy brown toast with a thick pat of butter and a generous spread of kaya paste, which is made from eggs, sugar, coconut milk, and various spices, and is more than worth the inevitable sugar crash. To dial it up another notch, try the Strawberry Fried Toast Cubes, which are basically breakfast dougnuts—with kaya!

The Singapore-style soft-boiled eggs are also excellent, as long as you like runny eggs that need to be eaten with a spoon rather than a fork. (It's actually easier to drink them.) Speaking of which, strong, creamy coffee and tea is available, as is yuan yang, a blend of both.

We were surprised to see this place got panned on the local equivalent of Yelp, though most reviews seemed to focus on the larger meals, which we never tried. We'd happily keep going back for breakfast, for as long as our teeth could handle it.
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