This absolutely, bloody popular spot is literally *full* of customers daily from 6.30am in the morning - a tiny, dingy hole-in-the-wall, perched on the side of a wet market, with small tables (which one often has to share with complete strangers) and little metal stools. How insane is that?!
But then, it offers an insight into, and taste of, a traditional Malaysian/Singaporean breakfast, a la Hainanese-style: kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and Hainanese coffee.
What we tried this morning:
- Soft-boiled egg: instead of being served the cooked eggs, one gets a large metal mug containing two eggs submerged in hot water, with a bowl serving as the lid. One personally decides how long the eggs should be cooked. I left mine in there for 10 minutes, before cracking the contents into the bowl that served as the lid earlier. The eggs, sprinkled with light soysauce and a shake of white pepper, was *perfect*.
- Kaya toast: the "kaya" (coconut jam) here was one of the best I'd ever had, and I simply *loved* the way a thick slice of cold butter is sandwiched between the kaya-smeared toast. That's the way we often have it in Singapore (Ya Kun, Killiney Road, Chin Mee Chin, etc.) but which I'm hard-pressed to find in KL. Over here at Ah Weng, the thinly-cut bread was perfectly toasted till light and crisp. Together with the kaya and bread, it was the *perfect kaya toast*, if ever there was one.
- Hainanese coffee: no one does local Malaysian/Singaporean coffee the way the Hainanese do - thick, aromatic and slightly sweetened, Ah Weng's rendition was as smooth and beautiful as any I'd tasted anywhere else. For any better in this region, one needs to go to one of those legendary kopitiams in Ipoh (Sin Yoon Long, or Nam Heong). Its Hainanese tea is apparently as popular, so I may need to come back here for that soon.
After this morning, I'm beginning to understand why people were jostling for shared tables at 6.30am each morning here. It *is* that good, and offers a local KL experience like no other.
Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea
Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur