Monday, June 12, 2023

A Culinary Adventure: Exploring A Kopitiam

Remember when I shared our weekly food escapades? Well, this time we ventured into a kopitiam, a name that has gained popularity in recent years. It seems that simply adding the word "kopitiam" to an eatery's name acts as a magnetic force, drawing in diners for various reasons. Kopitiams can range from humble, no-frills coffee shops serving Malaysian delicacies to more upscale establishments with air-conditioned dining areas and exquisite decor. Naturally, the higher-end kopitiams come with slightly steeper prices, but they entice patrons with both their culinary offerings and comfortable ambiance. The one we visited fell somewhere in the middle, offering an array of delectable dishes and, a menu featuring local and international cuisine.

He Ju Kopitiam, a relatively new addition to the kopitiam scene, caught our attention. While they do serve Western delights, we decided to stick to the classic Malaysian favorites: Curry Laksa, Singapore Prawn Noodles, and a slice of their intriguing Salted Eggyolk Cheesecake. Despite the limited number of customers, we patiently waited nearly 20 minutes before our food arrived, accompanied by a glass of warm water(2x: RM1.00)
In terms of taste, we were not disappointed. The curry laksa (RM13.50) boasted a creamy and indulgent broth, infused with the richness of coconut milk and brimming with a medley of seafood. The generous portion arrived in a sizable bowl, and although I struggled to finish it entirely, the flavors were captivating. The Singapore prawn noodles (RM12.90) delighted our palates with their perfectly cooked noodles bathed in a velvety gravy, accompanied by succulent seafood. The wait was justified by the deliciousness of these dishes.

However, when it came to the salted eggyolk cheesecake, we were left underwhelmed. Typically, cheesecakes are meant to be velvety and smooth, but this particular slice was disappointingly dense. The flavor lacked the punch that would awaken our taste buds. We sincerely believe that the kopitiam should revisit this dessert and craft a more tantalizing version. Especially considering the price of RM 16.80 for a relatively small slice, we expected a more memorable experience.

As we settled the bill and made our way back to the car, we agreed that while it was worth trying He Ju Kopitiam, we wouldn't be returning anytime soon. The lack of temptation to explore the rest of the menu left us with little desire to revisit this particular establishment. Overall, our kopitiam adventure provided us with mixed experiences. The delightful flavors of the curry laksa and Singapore prawn noodles were a true highlight, showcasing the culinary prowess of He Ju Kopitiam. However, the letdown of the salted eggyolk cheesecake and the lack of enticement to explore other offerings left us with a lukewarm impression. Nevertheless, our food journey continues, and we eagerly look forward to our next gastronomic exploration.


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