On my first visit to Kelantan, we managed to try two meals outside of the “kenduri kahwin” that brought us there, first was the nasi kerabu Liniey, and the second was this quintessential Malaysian breakfast set at Kedai Kopi Wah Mui.
Kedai Kopi Wah Mui, Kota Bahru
This little old school restaurant is located by the main touristy area of Kota Bahru (if you can call it a touristy area at all), just across the road from Muzium Diraja Istana Baru, or the royal museum of Kelantan, a place Sultan Yahya Petra lived from 1939 to 1960. Worth visiting if you’re into a walk down the memory lane for a bit.
Anyway, back to this kopitiam.
Kedai Kopi Wah Mui is operated by a Chinese owner, but the Kelantanese way is such that everyone is a customer so long as halal food is served, and in this case, it is.
I ordered the simple classic mix of roti kahwin (toast with kaya & butter), half boiled eggs, and kopi ais for some afternoon tea time indulgence. It was simple, and for the lack of a more sophisticated word .. tasty! Love the richness of kaya, how the eggs are executed perfectly, and crispy toast bread.
roti kahwin, telur setengah masak, and kopi ais
If you want a simple 1 Malaysian breakfast (or afternoon snack) and a good cup of coffee at Kota Bahru, this won’t be a bad choice.
Address: Kedai Kopi Wah Mui 1448, D1, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan GPS: 6.133082, 102.237111 Hours: breakfast and tea time
Yesterday at Subang Courtyard, SS15 is certainly a restaurant/cafe perfectly named for an Abbott and Costello skit, but more importantly, it is also a pretty nice place to hang out and grab a cup of coffee or a decent meal if you’re around Subang Jaya.
Update 2019: this place is closed.
Yesterday at Subang Courtyard, SS 15
Americano, Cream Orange Tea, Flat White
The Full English Breakfast (RM 25.90),
Kid’s Meal- Luscious Macaroni Carbonara (RM 15.90)
the gang and I certainly had a great brunch at Yesterday
Located at the pretty new Subang Courtyard “mall”, Yesterday is pretty easily accessible and has three different seating areas – there’s alfresco outdoor, alfresco indoor, and proper indoor, so there’s probably a suitable table for the particular mood you find yourself in on the day.
The restaurant claimed to be a British Colonial & Japanese inspired brand, and I do think that the menu does reflect the theme pretty well. There’s the full English breakfast, and the likes of Kinwa Sarada (lemon aioli & wasabi sour cream- dressed salad of quinoa, kidney bean, chick pea, zucchini, salad sprout & konnyaku), but if you’re looking for onigiri or sushi, you should head elsewhere.
Coffee served here is more than decent, with the latte and flat whites (RM 11.90) beautifully prepared and tastes as full bodied as any. I also thoroughly enjoyed the fact that regular espresso affogato and macha affogato are somehow priced at RM 9.90, providing excellent value for money for something sweet with a jolt to the nervous system.
If you’re into savory meals, Yesterday provided quite a few solid choices. The English breakfast is decent tho could be bigger, and Breakfast Box with Hokkaido with garlic butter, scrambled egg, smoked salmon, shitake mushroom, bonito flakes, vegetable & herbs was one of our favorites.
For the pasta lovers, Smoked Duck Kamoglio and Yesterday’s Carbonara Bake should satisfy you.
However, I would probably go for the aforementioned Kinwa Saradaor The Japanese Forage (Salad of smoked duck confit, roasted pumpkin, edamame, zucchini flower, red radish, cherry tomato, salad sprout & mache dressed in homemade balsamic dressing and topped with crushed walnut) for something that’s more representative of the East-meets-West theme. I think these are the dishes that represents Yesterday’s unique position rather well.
For those who loves sweet endings, do try their Passionately Mango Panna Cotta, A Heavenly Match, Yesterday’s Toast, or Royal Banana Crumble. I’m sure one of these should suffice to answer your cravings.
Over all, I think Yesterday positions itself well in the ever competitive cafe/hipster restaurant scene, and I look forward to try some of their other dishes in the future.
Address: Yesterday G.03, Ground Floor, Jalan SS 15/4G, SS 15, Subang Jaya, Selangor 47500 GPS: 3.077683, 101.586468
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)
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, 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
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, 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.
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
Hai Peng kopitiam is no stranger to the beach goers and divers alike who frequent the beautiful islands at the East Coast of Malaysia – Redang, Tenggol, Lang Tengah, and Perhentian alike.
The kopitiam is strategically located at Cukai, at the Southern tip of Terengganu; which means it is about the end of trunk roads before heading to Karak Highway. The perfect place for a rest stop after a nice weekend dive trip before continuing the journey back to Klang Valley.
Hai Peng Kopitiam at Kemaman
On my recent dive trip to Lang Tengah island, that was precisely what we did.
The kopitiam was established 3 generations ago (1940), and the old owner can still be seen hanging around while the younger generations run things.
Hai Peng serves quite a good variety of different foods, and they are the truly 1Malaysia restaurant before 1Malaysia was hip. You can find nasi lemak, nasi dagang, toast, meehun goreng, tapai, half boiled eggs, and a host of other things suitable for any race or religion to consume.
curry puff, tapai, prawn crackers, toast with banana and peanut butter
To start, we had some of their curry puff, prawn crackers (very light and flavorful), and tapai. The tapai comes wrapped in some leaves and were really good, I wished there were some cendol to with.
Their packet nasi lemak came soon after and we grabbed a few packets too, it was oily, spicy, and an absolute must try to those who love things wholesome and not in a diet.
half boiled egg, nasi lemak, special curry toast, garlic bread
The half boiled egg at Hai Peng is a little tricky, they serve the eggs in a jar of boiling water, and it’s up to you to know when the eggs are ready. As a rule of thumb, 5 mins is about half boiled, and 7-8 mins 3/4 boiled, and so forth. The one in the photo was about 7 minutes.
Horng ordered this curious toast that had banana and peanut butter in them. While the description might be a bit gross, it actually tasted very good and the dude ended up ordering a second portion.
For those who love things spicy, the special curry toast is a must order. The set comes with a sunny side top, a big piece of toast, and curry chicken with potato that is very, very spicy. Not for the faint hearted.
special coffee breeze, pina colada, kopi ice
Then of course, there’s the coffees. I love their iced coffee (tho not enjoying the plastic cup), and probably should have ordered the hot coffee instead.
The special coffee breeze was sort of a local version of those Starbucks ice blended on steroid, a bit too much flavor going on I thought. The pina colada, on the other hand, was a disappointment, overly sweet and of course, no alcohol.
Food at Hai Peng had more hits than misses, and definitely a decent stopover place on return trips. They are opening up branches here in KL soon, but it remains to be seen if the quality suffers.
Address: Hai Peng Kopitiam K-3753, Jalan Sulaimani,Chukai,Kemaman Terengganu, 24000, Malaysia GPS: 4.2351, 103.4225 Tel: 09-859 7810
Cheng Leong of xes.cx, avid wall climber, the original Melbourne shuffler, and lawyer extraordinaire only goes to several places for food. Village Park, Pappa Rich, Yut Kee, restaurant O&S, and maybe Cristang.
So when we met up for breakfast a couple weeks ago, it was over one of these handful of restaurants.
Village Park at Damansara Uptown
This wasn’t my first time to Village Park, but to be honest it isn’t exactly one of my favorite places due to the fact that it is always packed on the weekends, and parking is a bit of a nightmare at Uptown.
They do, however, serves very good nasi lemak and really awesome roti bakar (toast bread).
The claim of fame for this place is their nasi lemak. A full set of this signature Malaysian original comes with beef, cuttle fish, chicken rendang, sambal prawns, and all the other typical nasi lemak ingredients such as sambal, fresh cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, hard boiled egg, and of course, fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk.
The ful set costs RM 15, but if you don’t include all the main ingredients, they do come a bit cheaper. While a tad on the pricier side, it is really one of the best high end nasi lemak you can get.
nasi lemak, half boiled eggs, soto ayam, roti bakar
The other absolute must-try dish from Village Park is their roti bakar (RM 2). The difference between their toast bread and those you get from other places is simple – the bread here is sliced twice as thin as typically done. Extra crunchy, and of couse twice the amount of kaya and butter over amount of bread.
Cheng Leong & Angeline, Haze & KY
I’ve tried their Soto Ayam (RM 5.70) and it turned out to be pretty decent. The restaurant also serves prawn mee, ipoh hor fun, curry mee, asam laksa, and other local dishes. Try those at your own risk, I’ve not heard very good things about them though.