For those craving for a nostalgic Singapore breakfast of Kaya Toast and Kopi, there are the local chains of Yakun, Killiney Kopitiam, and Toast Box. But sometimes, we like to find something different that brings us through the passage of time.
There is also Keng Wah Sung Café 琼华昌 at 783 Geylang Road, which has been around for more than 70 years, serving customers from the wee hours of 5:30am in the morning.
When I visited early Saturday morning, there was a steady queue of customers but the line cleared quick.
The items are reasonably priced, offering Breakfast Set with kopi or teh ($3.60), Kaya Toast ($0.80), Soft Boiled Eggs ($0.70), and local beverages of coffee, Milo, and Horlicks ($1.20 – $1.80).
The Kaya Toast came in a thin layer with an agreeable crisp (though won’t say it would be as crispy as Yakun’s), with delightful slab of butter and kaya layer. Of the price of 80 cents, I am not complaining.
The proportion was managed just right, and this would please those who liked their bread soft enough with a touch of charcoal-grilled crisp.
While the eggs were pretty much average, the local kopi had a pleasurable fragrance and light lingering bitterness (but not over).
So overall, I enjoyed the coffee best, followed by the toast, then the eggs.
What’s the real draw to me was the old-school charm, while watching the hustle and bustle.
Then, I noticed many people also buying the local-style economic bee hoon, and I got tempted to order a plate with luncheon meat and fish fillet.
Oh… there was that feelin’ of nostalgia that hit me. It reminded me of those ‘swimming pool bee hoon’ I had during my childhood days. While the bee hoon wasn’t anything spectacular and could do with more seasoning, it was a taste that captured (say 70%) of the 80s and 90s.
The kopitiam is also relatively popular for its old-school style of wanton mee at Leong Hua Wan Ton Noodles, and Nasi Lemak. Leave your tummy empty behind you come.
Keng Wah Sung Café 琼华昌
783 Geylang Road, Singapore 389672
Opening Hours: 5:30am – 11pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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