Well moving on to Hai Peng Kopitiam in Kemaman’s version of seri kaya, the first thing that strikes me was that theirs was sold without needing any refrigeration. To me this means that they may not have too many eggs in their version but instead they have compensated it with generous amounts of sugar, I suspect of the palm sugar variety since Terengganu is famous for their enau sugar, that gives the seri kaya a rich brown caramel colour. Look at that caramel oozing out from the open cup in the picture if you do not believe me. Taste wise their version is definitely more sugar sweet tasting than egg or coconut milk rich, but this is a hit with my sweet toothed kids. It reminds one of caramel custard actually in a weird sort of way. My wife commented that this version has to be eaten with really hot toast and melting butter as otherwise it will taste like a sweet. As for me this version is more like the seri kaya that is served in kopitiams nowadays, except the normal version is not as generous with the sugar. Well as long it is homemade and not factory produced style right.
In conclusion however, you can actually get good seri kaya in a cup from sundry stores. These are the cups that may have amateurish looking labels or no labels actually, and I dare say the non-labelled would be the tastier tasting as this is definitely a sign that it is home made. So next time when you are in the sundry store, take another look at the bread rack and you may find these seri kaya cups stacked together with their factory made cousins. Anyway I cannot say factory made seri kaya are not flavoursome by themselves. The one from Yeo’s are still good after all these years which should not be a wonder as for me their seri kaya actually made the brand rather than their drinks. In addition, FAMA has introduced honey mixed seri kaya that gives a different angle to this old time favourite. I know that it is has gained acceptance as the seri kaya on occasions goes out of stock even at hypermarkets and has spawned imitators from other brands. In any versions seri kaya you may find however, be thankful that it exists as this is a bread spread that is a unique creation to our region and would always be a taste of home.