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A Simple Ya Kun Christmas Meal

Simplify Your Life – Be More with Less; the lifestyle tips now in vogue. However, when it comes to eating during the Christmas season, many of us may be going to great lengths to find extravagant meals and eating more than we should. We thought we give the simple lifestyle a try this Christmas at the very local and unpretentious Ya Kun. We had a simple meal of local dishes, toastwich, good coffee and even a Christmassy item to put us in the festive mood.

Ya Kun Christmas

Ya Kun Kaya Toast, or simply Ya Kun, traced its roots to Ah Koon’s coffee stall in Telok Ayer selling coffee and charcoal-grilled toast. Today Ya Kun is a household name with many outlets in Singapore. Many of its outlets sell more than just coffee, toasts and eggs.  Ya Kun Family Cafes and selected Ya Kun stores sell local dishes like Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam and Laksa.

Ya Kun Family Cafes Asian dishes

We ordered Nasi Lemak Istimewa ($6), Prawn Noodle Soup ($5.80) and a Char Siew Toastwich ($4), which came in Christmas colours.

The Chicken Char Siew Toastwich was toasts stuffed with lettuce, cucumber and char siew. It was like a cross between a BLT sandwich and char siew pau. We thought it was quite enjoyable.

The Nasi Lemak Istimewa came with a good portion of fried chicken and the dish looked and tasted as good as similar offerings at restaurants in local hotels, where the prices could be a few times more. The Prawn Noodle Soup was not bad.

Ya Kun Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

To add Christmas cheer, Ya Kun offers special Cinnamon French Toast Sticks ($3.20 or $4.20 for set with hot coffee/ tea). We had the French Toast Sticks (4 pieces), which came in a Christmassy cup with chocolate sauce on the side. The French Toast was fluffy and quite tasty even without the sauce.

Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

We had a good meal at Ya Kun. We could say that it was a cheap Christmas meal or we could say it as a trendy one – a celebration of a simple lifestyle; less splurging and indulgence during the season of ultra-consumerism and extravagant spending. Now we also have to find a rationale for giving small inexpensive gifts or not giving a present at all – how about material things will only clutter up your life but minimalism allows you focus on the essentials?

Ya Kun French Toasts


Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Ya Kun Family Cafe


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