French toast and latte are good, but do you remember the times when you had a simple, yet fulfilling roti bakar, half-boiled egg, and kopi bing?
Our kopitiam culture has existed for over 150 years and has become an important part of our collective national identity. Roti bakar, or kaya and butter sandwiched between two long pieces of toast, together with half-boiled eggs and an aromatic cup of kopi, this combination is designed to fuel you up in the morning without having to feel bloated.
We know many of y’all are heading out for your morning hike or exercise during weekends, and you surely would want to enjoy a good breakfast right after your exercise. As previously we talked a lot about viral cafes, this time we want to bring you some awesome roti bakar spots that you should try in Klang Valley.
1. Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam
Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam has been operated for more than 60 years, which was initially a stall along Jalan Panggung. Currently the eatery retains old-school elements that elicit a nostalgic response from its patrons, which are flooded with customers on weekends! They serve kaya butter toast, soft-boiled eggs, nasi lemak, curry mee and other Hainanese specialties. Don’t forget to try their super gao Hainanese style coffee too!
何九海南茶店Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam
Opening hours: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Daily) Closed on Monday.
Address: 1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
2. ThongKee Cafe
Thong Kee Cafe began as a small coffee shop in Bentong and has now expanded to many locations throughout Klang Valley. They are famous with their homemade croissant sandwiches, and traditional roti baker with soft-boiled eggs. Their croissant is certainly worth your try as it’s filled with smooth kaya and butter. You can also opt for other fillings like ham, egg, and cheese. Pair your pastry with their specialty drink, 1+1, a mix of Hainanese coffee and black tea, or their “Geng chao bing”, as known as Neslo.
溏记海南茶室Thong Kee Cafe
Opening hours: 7am – 4.30pm (Daily)
17 & 19, Pandah Indah,
Jalan Pandan Indah,
1/23e, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
33, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
1-G & 1-1, Jalan Ambong Kiri 2,
Kepong Baru, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
13, Jalan Juruaudit U1/37,
Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
G-01 Puchong Square,
Jalan Layang – Layang 5,
Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong
3. Kafei Dian
If you’re tired of classic kopitiams, then you should visit this retro hipster kopitiam with a nostalgic antique interior. Pretty Insta-worthy too! Time to snap some good pictures while enjoying your meal. They offer an extensive and fascinating menu, consisting of dim sum, nasi lemak, kuih, noodles, and other Hainanese food. If you are looking for something light, go for their kaya and butter steamed bread, bun, or croissant!
Opening hours: 7am – 5pm (Daily)
Address: 15-1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL
4. Yi Feng Restaurant
Yi Feng Restaurant is a newly opened kopitiam in OUG, but they serve so many people especially during the weekends, and has become a popular dining spot. They serve an assortment of local favourites, including curry mee, wanton mee, chicken rice, toasts, and croissants. Their signature roti bakar comes with “double butter-up” that’s sandwiched between two crunchy slices of kaya toast. Perfect to pair it with half-boiled eggs and their aromatic kopi bing!
Yi Feng Restaurant 義豐茶餐室
Opening hours: 8am-4pm (Daily)
Address: 2, Jalan Hujan Emas 4, Taman Overseas Union, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
5. Luckin Kopi
Luckin Kopi is a modern Muslim-friendly kopitiam that serves pork-free local delicacies with a twist. They offer nasi lemak, mee siam, ayam goreng, and kaya butter toast with half-boiled eggs. Chocolate, peanut, and kaya dips are included in their toasted bread sets. And also, make sure to try their signature five states cold brew coffee, which is inspired by various Malaysian states, including Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang, Melaka, and Johor. Sounds interesting!
Opening hours: 9am – 8pm (Daily)
Address: 14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL
6. Choon Guan Coffee Shop 1956
Choon Guan Coffee Shop 1956 is a vintage Pandaraman kopitiam that dates back to 1956. They specialize in Hainanese delights such as chicken rice balls and fish balls filled with marinated minced chicken. Their toast is crowned as some of the best roti bakar in KL. Not forgetting to try out their roti kahwin, kaya and butter slabbed between toast is so good.
偆園茶餐室Choon Guan Coffee Shop 1956
Opening hours: 6am – 4pm (Daily) Closed on Wednesday.
Address: Lorong Amarasegara, Kawasan 12, 42000 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor
7. Yut Kee
One of the most famous spots for roti bakar in KL, Yut Kee is a multi-generational family owned business. They serve Hainanese chicken chop, toast bread with eggs, rice and noodles, coffee, and roti babi which is a bread filled with pork floss. You gotta pair your food with their Hainan coffee. So simple but authentic, there’s no pre-made food or drinks, everything is made upon order.
Yut Kee Restaurant
Opening hours: 7.30am – 3pm (Daily) Closed on Monday.
Address:1, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
We Malaysians sure can’t get over kopitiams. Nothing can ever beat the kopitiam vibes. What other nice kopitiams have you visited before? Let us know!