For the younger Singaporeans, perhaps their idea of Kaya Toast & Kopi places is Yakun, Killiney Kopitiam and Toast Box.
There is an almost forgotten part of history located at North Bridge Road near Lavender.
Heap Seng Leong 協勝隆 is one of those treasures in Singapore, a short walk away from the famous Michelin-starred Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles.
It is known for its extremely old-school setting that is caught in a time-warp of the 70s, from the tables, chairs, tiles and décor.
The coffeeshop opens from 5am to 5pm (shortened after COVID-19 days), and also has a Malay stall known for its Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam and Curry Puffs.
I can just imagine unsuspecting people walking past the shop and not giving it a chance.
Walk inside and you would feel that time stood still. The rustic-looking walls, tables, old-school titbit containers and the butter aroma lingering in the air reminded me of Singapore in the 1980-90s.
This place has been here apparently from 1974.
Uncle Shi is the iconic person here, often filmed for making traditional kopi in his white singlet and stripped pajama pants.
You can order its Kopi Gu You, local coffee with a slab of butter dropped within for caramelised flavour and softer notes of the coffee beans.
Local style bulletproof coffee.
Some of you may be uncomfortable with butter in your coffee, but it supposedly provides a slower, more sustained energy high, and kicks the body into fat-burning drive first thing in the morning (not if you also eat loads of other stuff).
Taste-wise, I loved the aromatic Robusta coffee that just had the right amount of bitter notes.
The butter other than giving a greasy aftertaste, made the texture of the coffee more silky.
A set with toast and eggs go for only $3.60. While the kaya toast may not be the crispy-thin style that many would have liked, it was thick and fluffy – charcoal grilled and big on taste of nostalgia.
Heap Seng Leong
10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010
Tel: +65 6292 2368
Opening Hours: 5am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
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