Old Time Coffee House in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

A historical and iconic coffee house (locally known as kopitiam) located conveniently right at the edge of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It’s been there since 1950s and now in its 3rd generation.
At the moment they are still using their cracking but solid antique marble table.

This shop is popular not only with the locals, but the tourists too with the close proximity to Petaling Street and Central Market.  Lunch hour is always super pack.  Waiting time can be 30 minutes. Be prepared for table sharing when crowded.  However you can always sit next door as they will deliver your food there too.

Beef Noodle Vendor

In addition to serving breakfast and drinks the shop has street style vendors serving the popular Malaysia hawker food:

Beef noodle soup 牛杂面: mix of tendon, brisket, tripe, beef balls/lean sirloin with a choice of noodle

Char kway teow 炒粿条: stir fry rice noodle

La la mee hoon 啦啦米粉: fresh clams served with rice noodle in a gingery and rice wine broth with a choice of noodle

Hokkien mee 福建面: stir fry egg noodle with dark sauce

Variety of rice dish: BBQ pork, spareribs, roast pork, steamed chicken, roasted duck

The beef and clam soup are their signature dishes.  They serve with a very generous amount of meat – quite a large chunk of tendon (love it).  It’s RM10 each, a little pricy but definitely worth it.

Aside from the beef noodle soup their Char Kway Teow is also to die for. It’s fried with enough wok hei (wok that had been “broken in”) to have the authentic kway teow flavor. After frying it to a golden brown perfection the dish is finished off with a few chunks of crunchy yummy deep fried pork fat – something you will not find in Singapore.  It’s ok, just a few pieces of succulent crunch to add to the mouthwatering kway teow.

This coffee house also serves many varieties of coffee and tea drinks.  Try the traditional coffee such as Kopi-O (black coffee) or Kopi-C (coffee with condensed milk). Drinks can be served hot or with ice. Their Hainanese coffee is still brewed with passion and filter with cloth.

They also have a refreshing drink called Teh-C Special (三色奶茶).  It’s a “special” tea because of the 3 aesthetic layers of the gula Melaka syrup (coconut palm sugar) at bottom, condensed milk in middle and brewed black tea on top. Make sure to stir well to get the right mixture of flavor.  The palm sugar is the key ingredient giving the distinct delicious richness coconut flavor, incomparable with any other types of sugar. Highly recommended.

Kedai Kopi Lai Foong
138, Jalan Tun H S Lee (and Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock)

It’s located in between the Petaling Street Market and the Central Market (Pasar Seni, also where the MRT station is), 5 minutes’ walk from either direction.