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First visit to Kopitiam


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First visit to Kopitiam

gordon wing | | Dec 27, 2008 08:07 PM

Stopped in at Kopitiam after a day of hiking on Mt. Diablo. It was mid afternoon - about 3:30pm - and there were three other tables occupied. The vibrant green interior provided some relief from the grey overcast skies. Water was promptly delivered and the hostess was very pleasant. We started with some roti prata and the tofu poppers. Followed with the chicken rice, rainbow salad, soft boiled eggs and a special char kway teow ( made without any seafood products - no shrimp or sambal ) Enjoyed the roti with the curry sauce - and the great textural contrasts of the tofu poppers - be cautious about the molten nature of the creamy tofu interior though. don't rush into biting into those puppies. I used a bit of the curry sauce in lieu of the mayo sauce that accompanies the tofu. The chicken rice was good but not revelatory. Expectations can be a problem at times. - I've heard so much about Kopitiam beforehand. Our portion of chicken was more white meat than dark and slightly more cooked than I find ideal. The rice was tasty - as were the ginger relish and the chili sauce. Occasionally I've also been served a bowl of chicken broth with this dish and I like that concept but it's not a universal practice. Good and I'd probably order it again but ask for more dark meat and even let them know that it's OK to have it a bit pink around the bone. The rainbow salad was popular - beautifully fresh greens with a brightly balanced dressing ...... garnishes (peanuts, shredded fried taro, shallots?) added color and texture. The eggs were perfectly cooked - barely set whites with golden yolks that were runny in a creamy way. The char kway teow was OK - asking them to leave out seafood handicapped the flavors but we had an allergy to contend with. I think the tab came to $46 or 47 ....... look forward to coming back to try more of the menu. Overall, thought the flavors were very good and it's a pleasant enough place - with good, friendly service.