A few years ago, I was surfing lowyat.net for some info on a gadget I planned to get for rif’s birthday. That was when I stumbled upon a link called kopitiam. Me being me, I assumed it was a forum on the best coffee/hangout places in Klang Valley. Boy…I was wrong! Lowyat.net’s “kopitiam” was a totally different meaning altogether.
Back to the real deal — local kopitiam. This refers to Malaysian Chinese coffeeshops, and the kopitiam culture is spreading like wildfire all over Malaysia. Hailam Kopitiam recently opened in Lucky Garden, Bangsar, taking over Pizza Milano. Service that night was lacking and all over the place; we were served our food but no cutleries were provided.
rif’s Special Roasted Coffee (RM3.60) was adequately prepared and had just the right level of sweetness and “kao-ness”. The same couldn’t be said about my Cendol (RM4.20). I wasn’t pleased with how diluted the coconut milk was and how awful the palm sugar/gula Melaka tasted. This was one of the worst cendol I’ve eaten.
The Mix Fried Mee (RM7.80) looked pretty good from the table behind us, so I ordered one to try. This tasted pretty decent and portion was generous. The fried vermicelli and kuay teow went well with the thick egg gravy. I wouldn’t mind ordering this again.
I wasn’t too pleased with the Chicken Chop (RM14.20). While rif found it mediocre, I thought it was a disaster. The chicken was dry, stringy and scarcely seasoned. Good thing the gravy added flavour to this dish.
Dinner was alright, but hardly memorable. I’ll return for the mix fried mee, but not the cendol and chicken chop.
Verdict: Decent hangout place and average food. Not a place to people watch though.