5 Must Visit Classic Hainanese Kopitiam in Selangor
The Hainanese people introduced Kopitiam in Selangor.
A Kopitiam is a traditional coffee shop in Malaysia.
Although initially manned by the Hainanese, Kopitiam is a “coffee shop” in the Hokkien dialect.
Kopitiam culture is delicious classic Kaya butter toasts, soft-boiled eggs, and the authentic taste of traditional Hainanese coffee.
The well-loved Kopitiam breakfast is more than pre-packed Nasi Lemak, a variety of hawker stalls selling fried or soupy noodles.
The Kopitiam is where the locals gather for breakfast, coffee, and gossip.
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Malaysian Local Coffee or Kopitiam Kopi
For those unfamiliar, a Malaysian local ‘Kopitiam” is not a café type serving fancy coffee drinks like espresso or latte – you will find quirky Malaysian beverages instead.
The Hainanese coffee is typically richer, darker, and more aromatic than other coffees in Malaysia.
The best part of savoring coffee in Kopitiam in Selangor is drinking traditional Chinese floral kopi cups and saucers.
These are called “Cawan Kopitiam.”
Hainanese Kopitiam is great for take-outs “kopi ikat tepi,” iced drinks in a mini plastic bag tied at the side with raffia string.
Kopitiam Culture in Malaysia
Even though the Hainanese migrants start the Hailam Kopitiam, many coffee shops are the pulse of Malaysian small towns.
The Kopitiam is like a mini 1 Malaysia with a “Muhibbah” feel commonly found in multi-racial, multi-cultural settings in Malaysia.
Muhibbah is a Malay word meaning a feeling of friendship, camaraderie, tolerance, and understanding.
How to Order Coffee or Tea in a Hainanese Kopitiam in Selangor
Ordering coffee in a Malaysian Kopitiam can be confusing for a visitor.
Here is a simple guide to help you place your first Kopitiam Coffee & Tea order in Malaysia.
Kopi – Coffee with condensed milk and sugar
Kopi O – Coffee without sugar (“O” in Hokkien means black)
Kopi C – Coffee with sugar and evaporated milk (“C” in Hainanese means fresh)
Kopi Kaw – Coffee with butter (“Kaw” means thick in Hokkien)
Kopi Peng – Kopi with ice
Kopi O Peng – Kopi O with ice
Kaya Butter Toast Combos You Can Order
The kaya butter toast is Malaysian comfort food eaten any time of the day.
If you order a set, you will get two wafer-thin, crispy toasted bread with kaya and sliced cold butter.
You also get two soft-boiled eggs, which you can season with white pepper and soy sauce.
The toast is best eaten dunked in the eggs with a few drops of soy sauce and a shake of pepper.
Usually, the toasts complement a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea.
The subtle difference and taste depend on the taste of the Kaya and the quality of butter slathered on it.
What is Original Hailam Style Kaya?
Kaya is rich and creamy, a coconut jam made with duck eggs.
If you order toast from a Mamak stall, you end up with planta margarine for butter and canned flour-tasting coconut-flavored jam for kaya.
The star of a Kaya Toast is the Kaya.
The coconut jam is sometimes in rusty caramel color or mushy greyish-green.
The essential ingredients are eggs, coconut milk, sugar, and pandan leaves.
The preparation is double boiled or simmering the eggy custard over a shallow fire.
If the kaya is cooked right, it smells tantalizingly fragrant.
Hailam Loti or Hainanese Bread
If you think that making the humble kaya toast is by just toasting any bread, slapping on the butter with a generous dollop of kaya, then you need to wake up your taste buds.
Not all bread is created equal.
The slices of bread must be of a certain thickness so that the inside remains soft and fluffy while crispy on the outside after toasting it.
The Hainanese bread is the lightest, softest, fluffiest, and best eaten steamed.
For the toasted or “Bakar” version, this crispiness is a tricky feature of the toast.
They grilled the thin crispy version over a charcoal-fired before slathering it with fragrant kaya and sandwiching it inside strips of cold butter.
The crispiness of the bread makes it addictive, and you wouldn’t be able to stop at one.
The butter’s light, crisp, and saltiness give the taste a delectable savory flavor, perfectly marrying the kaya butter toast.
Below are must-try popular Kopitiam in Selangor for the authentic taste of Hainanese coffee and delicious classic toast!
First is Auntie Kopitiam as we head down the top five list alphabetically.
Auntie Kopitiam, Kuala Selangor
Auntie Kopitiam is a famous coffee shop located in Kuala Selangor District, which opened its door in 1935.
Several Malaysian celebrities have also gotten their coffee here, and many television programs have featured this Kopitiam.
In addition to sipping the delicious traditional Hainanese coffee, other food is available, such as Nasi Lemak, cakes, toast, and more.
Don’t worry about handling hot eggs as these are served in a glass cup “ready to eat” – you don’t need to crack open the hot eggs.
If you like a spicy start to your morning, try Auntie Kopitiam’s signature, Curry Laksa Mee!
C-3 Jalan Sultan Ibrahim
Tel : 03 – 3289 7289
Chong Kok Kopitam, Klang
The classic coffee shop Chong Kok Kopitiam as we know it today started life as a bit of a cafe tucked within Chong Kok Hotel.
Since 1940, the Kopitiam has been a shop popular among the locals regardless of race.
The modest space is already sardine-packed with regular punters tucking into their breakfast fare.
Curious tourists milling around tables laden with the morning’s nasi lemak and local kueh.
You can witness various groups of customers from different races and ethnicities enjoying their kopi and toast here.
Chong Kok is where Malaysians of all races gather to have a hearty meal.
The kaya and butter toast and soft-boiled eggs are among the popular staples.
Chong Kok Kopitiam’s emphasis on the perfectly boiled eggs is by technology with a particular machine.
While others take only 2 or 3 minutes to cook a regular soft-boiled egg, Chong Kok takes up to 45 minutes to produce a creamier yolk that their customers love.
The Kopitiam makes a roaring trade daily, and the soft-boiled egg is a firm favorite with customers here.
Chong Kok Kopitiam is across the road from the single-storied Klang Komuter Station on Jalan Stesen, Klang, Selangor.
The specials are the half-boiled eggs, kaya butter toasts, packed nasi lemak, Malay kueh, and the ubiquitous sweetened Hainanese coffee.
Chong Kok Kopitiam
5, Jalan Stesen, Kawasan 1, Klang, Selangor
For more information, contact 03 3371 0996
Nam Wah Kopitiam Bt 18, Hulu Langat
Nam Wah coffee shop in Pekan Batu 18, Hulu Langat, Selangor, is a popular stop-over among the cycling community in the Klang Valley.
For the uninitiated, the Hulu Langat course is a popular haunt for roadies (road bike cyclists), mounties (mountain bikers), and folders (folding bike cyclists).
You will meet many cyclists who train in the challenging natural, challenging, and hilly terrain favored by those who want to build their strength and stamina.
At this Kopitiam, you can observe the 1Malaysia Muhibbah spirit.
The local Orang Asli, Malay, and Chinese villagers often gather here for their kopi-O and Nasi Lemak Bungkus.
The unique thing about this Kopitiam is that it serves a toast menu with a selection of kaya, or chicken curry, which the shop’s owner prepares.
Since Nam Wah makes their kaya, it is fresh and tasty, and the top menu item is the
kaya and butter toast.
Aside from the snacks, Nam Wah also serves fried noodles and curry chicken with their Hainan bread.
Kedai Kopi Makanan Nam Wah (Nam Wah)
49, Exit B52, Pekan Batu Lapan Belas, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor.
Operating Hours: 8.00 AM to 7.00 PM Closed on Fridays
To get to Hulu Langat Batu 18, Nam Wah’s Lat-Long coordinates are N 03 09 873, E 101 50 873.
Kedai Makan Hailam Sun Sun Nam Cheong, Hulu Selangor
Sun Sun Nam Cheong Kopitiam at Kuala Kubu Bharu has been cooking their famous Hainanese Chicken Chop and other breakfast delights for 100 years.
The juicy Chicken Chop has a large fried chicken chop with brown gravy and topped with a fried egg, vegetables, and thick-cut chips.
The Hainanese Chicken Chop does not originate from China but was created by the Hainanese chefs employed by British families.
Adapting traditional food, cooking styles, and assimilation with Malay and Chinese fusion fanfare created these Westernised Chinese dishes adjusted to local taste buds.
Other menu items include Chicken Rice, Hailam Mee, and Pot Pies. If you want something spicier, you can try their Sambal Nasi Goreng.
The all-time favorite, Hainanese Toast with butter and homemade kaya, tastes better dipped in soft-boiled eggs.
You can have two types of Hainan bread: steamed or charcoal-toasted bread and cups of good strong kopi O.
Kedai Makanan Hailam Sun Sun Nam Cheong
Address: 8, Jalan Mat Kilau, Pekan Kuala Kubu Bharu, 44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Opening Times: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Closed on Monday)
Thong Kee Cafe, Petaling
Thong Kee Kopitiam is one of the famous Kopitiam in the Petaling District with its unique coffee menu.
There are other popular hawker food stalls in the Thong Kee Cafe if you fancy a bowl of noodles instead of bread.
Its owner, who has over 30 years of experience, has created the menu “1+1 Cham Peng,” a combination of Hainan coffee and tea.
They sometimes refer to the drink as Ying Yong meaning a mixture of coffee and tea.
This special menu has received positive responses from the locals.
In addition, the coffee shop serves a variety of menu options for breakfast, including toast, half-cooked eggs, and various pastries.
You can have your ham, sunny side, and melted cheese sandwich filling in croissants, muffins, and doughnuts!
Thong Kee Cafe has several outlets in Sea Park, Pandan Indah, Kepong, Glenmarie, Puchong, Sri Petaling, Sri Hartamas, and Bentong.
The original Kopitiam is in Bentong, Pahang.
Thong Kee Cafe 溏记海南茶室
Mon-Sun: 7.00 AM – 4.30 PM (One-month rest one day)
Sea Park, Petaling Jaya
contact 03-7496 6847
You will want a chance to taste authentic coffee shop delights of tasty Malaysian kaya butter toast, soft-boiled eggs, and Hainanese coffee at these five classic Kopitiam in Selangor.