I used to have about three Pandan plants (screw pine) in my Singapore home. Before we moved to US, we left them under the care of my parents who have quite an uncoordinated floral display along the corridor outside their flat. I hope the plants are blooming with care now. There are so many advantages to have these wonderful pandan plants around at home. There are so flavorful and packed with fragrance which is commonly added into Asian desserts, rice, cakes, kuehs and so many more. The medicinal values help to treat stomachaches and aid digestions; and possess anti-cancer properties and antiseptic effects when used externally. But there is one property I LOVE the MOST. IT REPELS COCKROACHES!!! When you have pandan leaves around the house and some taxi uncles put them in their vehicles, the leaves actually get rid of cockroaches! Isn't it wonderful, ladies? You can find frozen pandan leaves in Asian supermarkets or choose an easier option, pandan extract.
This is my first attempt in making Kaya and I am proud to say, it tastes so yummy!
- 10 Large eggs
- 300g Caster Sugar
- 400ml Coconut milk
- 20g Juice of Pandan leaves or 1/4 tsp pandan extract
- Beat the sugar and eggs with a whisk till it is well blended.
- Double boil the egg mixture over low heat. Water must be simmering.
- Add in the coconut milk slowly and keep stirring.
- Add in the pandan extract.
- Keep stirring until the custard starts to form.
- Continue for about another 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Cool and bottle.
- Be eaten cool with hot toast.