Now that I've begun to fly PAL to Cebu rather than Cebu Pac, I've found my new brekkie go-to at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 (PAL), which I absolutely love because I've always wanted to try ever since my friend Manila Boy raved about it.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Originating in 1944 in Singapore as the establishment for Coffee & Kaya, Ya Kun Kaya now has several stores in Manila. Might be too simple for the Filipino mindset when it comes to the "breakfast meal," but it is certainly one of the best. I ordered breakfast #1 and boarded my plane.
Value Set Meal #1
Eggs, Tea and Toast. Sounds simple, yes, but sometimes you don't need all the fluff to make a good thing happen. This meal reminds me of childhood memories of breakfast before the fast food craze.
I appreciate good milk tea, and Ya Kun Kaya's version is delectably addicting. A tad sweet because of the condensed milk used, it's a great alternative to their freshly brewed coffee brewed from a "sock" at 15 feet. People who don't like milk in their tea should stick with coffee.
Soft Boiled Eggs
Ahhh. Soft, runny eggs. People with a texture issue would feel a bit icky at the consistency, but it is silky smooth like a light custard or taho. Ya Kun usually serves their Eggs with a special brown sauce and pepper, but I took mine to-go so I had no sauce. The eggs feel light enough to spoon, but it's ever better as a dipping sauce for the toast.
Ya Kun is famous for its delectable Kaya, or egg and coconut jam, made from a secret recipe that mixes coconut milk, sugar, eggs and fragrant pandan into one yummy spread. The toast has a lightly toasty texture, with a butter &kaya layer in the middle. One bite, and you have one of those "oh my Lord" moments in your mouth. Dip the toast in the bread, and you know you'll never enjoy toast as well as you did Ya Kun Kaya Toast. I was tempted to snap up a jar of Kaya... but I had to stop myself.
The story of how Ya Kun Kaya came about in Singapore is also an inspirational one, and leads me to believe that you don't need all the bells and whistles for food to taste well. It just has to be prepared with thoughtful minds, loving hands, and a consistency that just gets better through the years. Yum!
Discover the History of Ya Kun KayaNinoy Aquion International Airport
Terminal 2, Domestic Terminal Pasay City
Robinson Place Manila
Level 1 Unit No. 16 (adriatico Wing), Manila City, Philippines
G/F AYK Building, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City