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If you’ve been following my instagram or facebook page, you’ll know that Imbi morning market is fast becoming one of my favourite breakfast places lately.

Imbi market, while situated just off Jalan Imbi, is actually officially named Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang by DBKL. The place is a patch of land seemingly stuck in a time capsule, oblivious to the surrounding development that makes up the rest of the golden triangle area.

Ah Weng Koh at Imbi market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Ah Weng Koh at Imbi market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

There are quite a few hawker stalls and coffee shops/shacks within Imbi market, almost all operates from as early as seven in the morning till almost noon. It is a breakfast and brunch place, trying to catch lunch by 12:30 pm here and you won’t be terribly lucky, I’ve tried.

The busiest place at the whole market is right at Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea.

one of the best Hainanese tea there is
one of the best Hainanese tea, Malaysian style breakfast with egg, bread, and coffee/tea

Finding an empty table here can sometimes be quite a challenge, and table sharing is a norm. Once you’re seated, wave frantically and hopefully one of the two or three serves will notice and take your orders.

If it’s your first time, try their signature Hainanese tea, you can have it either hot or cold and neither version would disappoint. The milk tea is well smooth and full of flavor, with a layer of tiny bubbles on top that make it looks as pleasing as it tastes. Those foam doesn’t just belong to cappuccino I guess.

have your  bread steamed or toast, and crack the eggs yourself
have your  bread steamed or toast, and crack the eggs yourself

Other than drinks, they also serve classic Malaysian breakfasts of boiled eggs and bread. The eggs come in a big stainless steel cup with hot water, and if you want it half boiled, fish them out after 5 minutes. Want it a little more cooked? Just wait for an additional 1-2 minutes.

As for bread, you can choose from Bengali bread or normal buns and have them either steamed or toasted. A slice of frozen butter and some kaya accompanies is served as a side for steamed bread, but already applied for toast.

check out my helmet hair
check out my helmet hair, cheers!

With the current development of KL International Financial District, it is unsure that Imbi market will be left untouched in it’s current form. For now, the place is still happily buzzing along in the mornings while construction work is being done a stone’s throw away.

I hope this place stays.

map to Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

Address:
Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea
Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)
Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.14340, 101.71664
Hours: breakfast and brunch

Discuss : KY eats – Ah Weng Koh Hainanese Tea at Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang)

  1. yums to the bread with the thick slab of butter in the middle! but yerrr to the discrimination against those of us who aren’t morning people and don’t really start eating until noon :D

  2. hehe, nice helmet hair.
    Hidden gems everywhere eh. The scene is so familiar to those lorong makan makan in Penang, the best foods can be found there :D

  3. hey,
    just wondering whats the diff between normal n hainanese tea?

    • Tay: good question, I have no idea. I asked my Hainanese friend who’s family runs a kopitiam and he said only name is different. hahaha.

      • I asked my parents about this when I was having brunch with them at there a year ago and they told me that Hainanese tea is basically a term used for ordering ying yong or cham peng (coffee + tea).

  4. Nice place! But I’m not sure if I like the fact that I have to cook the eggs myself.. what if I time wrongly and they become too raw or too cooked? :P

  5. Yeah, hopefully it will stay. Have you met the very loud male server yet? Haha!

  6. Cool! Have been miss this kind of traditional breakfast for a long time! Gonna try tis out soon!!!!

  7. did the imbi market is nearby jalan imbi ?

  8. Then ,mean is nearby imbi? Its is far ?

  9. the new name of this market name Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang ?

  10. them can i stop at jalan imbi and walk toward to honda showroom?

  11. What is the appropriate time to go?

  12. if i arrive at jalan imbi can i take a taxi to go to this market ?

  13. Ok thank you for your clearly information. Thank you very much.

  14. Can i stop at bukit bintang?

  15. it is it more easier to stop at imbi ?

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