Is just me or is modernise kopitiam the new trend joining the food scene in the Klang Valley? No more sweaty, hot dining experience and hello, beautiful designed interior with plants and plenty of natural lighting. First hailing from Sitiawan in 1999, the much loved Sin Tong Hong Kopitiam has now moved to Taman Paramount PJ.
Run by the Tan family, the new cafe takes up two levels of space in the unassuming shop lot, fitting in alongside electrical shops, car workshop, traditional coffee shops and the latest additions of cafes to the neighbourhood. Similarly its interior reflects this harmonious blend of traditional and modern across its two floors.
Now onto the food. Since it came from Perak, it was only natural that the first dish to try is their shredded chicken hor fun. At first sip of the broth, I felt it lacking but as the meal continued, the flavours became more apparent, working hand in hand with the silky kuey teow noodles. Their kaya toast was really hits the spot - toasted to a crunch with a generous portion of butter and kaya. Best dipped with coffee too and speaking of which...
The coffee was fantastic and my friend can concur. Sin Tong Hong kopitiam roasts their beans I heard and the robust flavours really comes through in the hot drink. It was the kind of coffee I would tapau before going to work.
And as for the pricing? My hor fun and coffee came up to RM16.40. Not too pricey by my standards considering you're getting good kopitiam food in an pleasant aircon environment. As it fills up very fast in the mornings and sells out by 230pm, I suggest you either come as early as possible or wait for the hype to die out. But if the nearby Thong Kee is any indication of how much Malaysians love their kopitiam food, it will be a long while before the crowds subside.
Sin Tong Hong Kopitiam
Address: 105, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening hours: 730am - 230pm (closed on Mondays)