Name: kaya • sri kaya • coconut custard • coconut curd
About: This coconut spread is an American take on a Southeast Asian pantry staple. For breakfast, it’s served on buttered toast…but don’t limit yourself to just that.
Brand: HEY BOO
Origin: San Francisco, California
Varieties: lemon coconut • mango coconut • coconut caramel • coconut chocolate
Uses: top on toast, waffles, or pancakes • mix into yogurt or smoothies • spread on scones, biscuits, bagels • drizzle on ice cream, cakes, or sorbet • dip for pretzels, crackers, or apples • in pies or crêpes • serve on a cheese board
Ingredients: coconut milk • sugar • egg yolks • sea salt • citric acid • carbo gum
Calories: 60 per 1/2 ounce
Replaces: nut butters or fruit jams
WHERE TO FIND
Store: Wegmans • Whole Foods • CostCo
HOW TO STORE
Refrigerator opened jar as specified on the “Best By” sticker.
TASTE & TEXTURE
- deep sweetness
- not much coconut
- hate to say it but…plastic-y, rubbery after taste*
- by itself a little too sweet for my taste, but paired with something salty tones it down
* I opened my jar past the expiration date, so it might have tasted a little odd because it was 2 years old. Note to Self: stop hoarding cool ingredients, they’ll go bad.
- Many say Malaysian Kaya and America’s Hey Boo Jam taste incredibly different. Kaya is darker, richer, and more caramelized.
- Unfortunately, traditional Malaysian Kaya spread can’t be imported or exported. The only way we can truly compare the two is by buying a plane ticket.
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