I was told Cheong Foh Cafe serves the best coffee in Klang. It is also said to be one of the oldest and arguably the busiest kopitiam in Klang town. Seeing how the locals rave about this, Jien and I decided to pay them a visit when we ventured into Klang not too long ago.
Cheong Foh is your typical coffeeshop with several food stalls offering different types of hawker dishes with a drinks station that serves coffee, toast bread and eggs. The coffee is sought-after, so we opted for both hot and cold option to see what the fuss is about.
No kopitiam experience is complete without kaya toast and soft boiled eggs, I reckon. The toast although light and crisp, didn’t quite do for me as they use margarine instead of butter. That for me is a huge no-no because the toast tasted like grease was slapped on. With kaya. So however good the kaya may be, the margarine did them in.
I find Cheong Foh’s coffee very thick and dark; almost chocolate-y even. Depending on your preference, this can be a tad much or you’ll find the coffee thoroughly enjoyable. I prefer it more balanced – adequately thick, creamy and with an after-kick at the end. Cheong Foh’s version hits you right in the face so that coffee high comes in almost immediately.
The char kuay teow at Cheong Foh is more Hokkien-style, so don’t expect your standard Penang char kuay teow here. This version is darker from the addition of dark soy sauce and nicely charred with bits of egg and garlic in the mix.
What I really enjoyed (and wouldn’t mind returning for) at Cheong Foh is the lala bihun soup. Quite possibly the best I’ve eaten in Klang Valley thus far, and I like it better than the lala bihun soup from Lai Foong Coffeeshop in KL. The latter for me, is overhyped.
Cheong Foh’s version has a nice balance of lala flavour, ginger and garlic notes and that aromatic finish from the rice wine. So you get a bit of savoury, sweet and peppery in the broth. Very appetising, especially on a rainy day.
One thing I wished they would work on is noise – the helpers kept screaming at the top of their lungs so dining there was uncomfortable. I guess now that we’re in MCO, you can enjoy this lala bihun soup at the comfort of your own home.
I can’t quite remember how much I paid in total, but the noodles were between RM6-7 per plate/bowl. Coffee and toast are cheaper than the coffeeshops in KL but I would rather pay more for butter.
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Verdict: Only the lala bihun soup stood out. Skip the toast, unless you love margarine or are on a vegan diet.
Cheong Foh Cafe
1, Lorong Gopeng,
Tel: 03-3342 2469
Business hours: 7am till 6pm