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Hai Peng Kopitiam @ Kemaman

During one of my random moments, I drove from KL to Kuantan to see rif (he was assigned there for a job, for two weeks). Then we drove to Kemaman for tea at Hai Peng, even though there was a branch in Kuantan itself. Older folks would complain, “You print money meh?” or “You own a petrol station ah?” We find the branch in Kuantan lacking in coffee and toast quality. Which was why we chose to drive to the original Hai Peng. Good thing we reached the place around 4.30pm; there were still a few packets of nasi dagang left. Before we found a place to sit, I went straight for the rice. I greedily ladled a large serving of curry/gulai on top of the rice and joined rif at a corner of the shop. The rice was deliciously infused with coconut milk and the curry albeit slightly fishy was fragrant from the ample of lemongrass added.
I had a Vietnamese coffee, which super ‘kau’ and pardon my lack of adjectives (sorry, I’m not feeling like my usual self today), super nice. rif’s ice blended coffee had a thick and smooth consistency. It tasted just as good, compared to our last visit. I thought my cuppa was a better choice, since it was raining cats and dogs that day. To each man his own. The toasted buns complemented our coffees well. Simple, but it tasted oh-so-good. I’m not going to go on and on about the joys of eating toasted bun. It’s nice, so go try it when you’re there.

Ambiance: 4/10
Price: 4/10
Coffee: 7/10
Food: 6.5/10
Verdict: Get there before 6pm to get your share of good coffee and buns.

Hai Peng Kopitiam
3753 Jalan Sulaimani
24000 Kemaman
(6.45am – 6pm)
09 859 7810

9 Responses

  1. Carrole Chong

    Hi SueLynn I'm from Kuantan too.
    Yea that's totally true that Kuantan branch ain't that nice compare with the Kemaman's one.

  2. PureGlutton

    Oh yeah, I never miss going to this place whenever I visit Kuantan! Nice nasi and buns there – totally agree!

  3. thule a.k.a leo

    If time is not an object, driving for an hour or so to Kemaman certainly worth the trip 🙂
    I also think that the food & drink in Hai Peng are consistent compared to their Kuantan counterpart.

  4. ai wei

    i love kau kau viet's coffee! <3
    i never visit to kuantan before. do hope i can travel there one day @@

  5. Eric

    wahh i tot Bangsar Babe only eat near Bangsar only… hehe

  6. iamthewitch

    Oh my the coffee really looks kau! So very black! I think I won't be able to sleep for a good few hours if I drink that! LOL

  7. Life for Beginners

    Don't worry about the lack of adjectives, dear. Sometimes the simplest words tell the strongest stories… and you're making me crave some kau kau punya kopi now. And nasi dagang too, hehe.

    Maybe I should head to Kemaman too, when I do my East Coast road trip next month (for work). Whaddya think? 🙂

  8. Marcus

    How far would I go? We got a Batu Pahat trip in planning! Man I can't wait.

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    Marcus – I can't wait either!

    LFB – Good idea…go indulge in some good nasi dagang. 😉

    iamthewitch – I still can…since I drink an average of 3 cups of coffee a day. >.<

    Eric – It's always good to explore… 😉

    ai wei – It's just a 2 hour drive. Go go go!

    leo – I still prefer the Kemaman branch. I guess it's the ambiance…

    PureGlutton – =)

    Carrole – I reckon it's not easy to maintain the QC. =(

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