Singapore's Killiney Kopitiam makes a surprising appearance at Surabaya's swank Tunjungan Mall. It offers a variety of "Singaporean" food - very localised versions: sweeter, and with a somewhat different mix of spices from those I'd get at home back in Singapore.
I opted for what Killiney Kopitiam's known for in Singapore - its kaya toast: slices of toasted white bread sandwiches contained kaya (coconut-creme-egg jam) and thick slices of chilled butter. In Surabaya, the kaya jam tasted much sweeter here than in Singapore, obviously tweaked to suit the average local Indonesian's sweet tooth. The bread was chewier than anything we get in Singapore and I wasn't sure I liked that. But their use of thick slabs of chilled butter in the toasted sandwiches was spot on, and was better than anything I'd seen in Malaysia (KL, Ipoh or Penang) where kaya toasts were Hainanese-Chinese-influenced, with gingery brown kaya (which I didn't like, preferring instead the eggier, pandan-scented kaya) and, ugh, margarine, or else stingy smears of melted butter.
I first tasted Killiney Kopitiam's French toast with kaya back in 1999 in Killiney Kopitiam's original outlet in Killiney Road, Singapore, itself. Fell in love with it at first taste. Now, I'm just so glad to find it here in East Java, thousands of miles away from where it was first conceived.
What else to wash down kaya toasts but a glass of hot, frothy "Teh Tarik" ("pulled" milk tea). The one served here was spot on - not too sweet, thick, milky and with strong, aromatic tea.
Tunjungan Plaza 4 Lt. 5
Surabaya, East Java