Who can’t survive a day without coffee? When you are visiting Singapore, don’t let the unique way of ordering a coffee in Singapore get in the way of getting your caffeine!
Do you know? In Singapore, there are various kinds of coffee when you go to Kopitiam!
- What is Kopitiam?
- Kopitiam in Singapore
- Best coffee-food combination
- Highly Recommended Kopitiam
- Types of Coffee
What Is Kopitiam?
Kopitiam comes from the word of “kopi” which means coffee in Malay and “tiam” means a store in Hokkien language. Together, the term of “Kopitiam” simply means a coffee shop.
Before the modern coffee places or cafes existed in Singapore, Kopitiam was the most famous coffee place among local Singaporeans in the 70s. Even today, Kopitiam is still well known in Singapore. You can find Kopitiam in various places in Singapore such as such as shopping centers, settlements, even industrial estates.
As Kopitiam gives off an impression of old fashion and classic style, the visitors who come to Kopitiam tend to be the elderly. They often talk to each other in Chinese. However, the young people also love come to Kopitiam to feel the one of a kind atmosphere of drinking coffee in Kopitiam while hanging out, which then makes many foreign tourists visit this place.
Best Coffee-food Combination
Besides selling coffee, Kopitiam usually offers a cup of tea, soft drinks, boiled eggs, srikaya jam or toast, and other various small dishes.
Highly Recommended Kopitiam
The famous local Kopitiam and highly recommended in Singapore include:
- Hong Seng Leong at 10 North Bridge Road (nearest MRT: Bugis and walk for 15 minutes)
- Ya Kun Kaya Toast almost in every mall in Singapore
- Tong Ah Kopitiam at 35 Keong Saik Road (nearest MRT: Chinatown and walk for 6 minutes)
Types of Coffee
Ordering coffee in Singapore can be tricky if you aren’t familiar with the terms because of the large variety of ingredients in a coffee. It’s good to learn the following types of coffee before you order one in Singapore:
- Kopi : coffee with condensed milk
- Kopi O: black coffee with sugar (“O” in Hokkien dialect means black)
- Kopi C: black coffee with sugar and evaporation milk (“C” in Hokkien dialect means fresh)
- Kopi Kosong: Black sugarless coffee and condensed milk (“Blank” in Malay means empty / non-existent)
- Kopi C kosong: coffee with sweetened condensed milk without sugar
- Kopi O kosong Gau: sugarless coffee without milk.
- Kopi Peng: ice black coffee (“Peng” in Hokkien dialect means ice). You can add the word “Peng” if you want to add ice in your coffee. For example O Peng or Coffee C Peng Coffee.
- Kopi Siew Dai : black coffee with a little sugar (“siew dai” in Hokkien dialect means little sweet)
- Kopi Ga Dai : black coffee with more sugar (“ga dai” in Hokkien dialect means sweeter)
- Kopi Gao : thick black coffee (“gao” in Hokkien dialect means thick)
- Kopi Bing : coffee with milk, sugar and ice.
- Kopi Di Lo: extra thick black coffee (“in lo” in Hokkien dialect means pour all)
- Kopi Poh: coffee with sugar and not too thick because it adds water (“poh” in the Hokkien dialect means thin)
- Kopi Gu You: coffee with condensed milk and a slice of butter
- Kopi Sua : The words use to request to add more coffee (“sua” in the Hokkien dialect means to follow)
- Kopi Ta Bao : coffee for takeaway (“ta bao” in Hokkien dialect means takeaways)
There are so many types of coffee in Singapore that you can order at Kopitiam so save this article for your reference when ordering coffee in Singapore in the future! Now you can order your coffee like a local Singaporean! Uncle, one Kopi C Siew Dai Peng Ta Bao! Hey, what does this mean? Ha ha ha ha! Enjoy your coffee #SGB_Family!