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Kopi Tiam

restaurant type | Chinese, Fusion, Indian, Malay
Kopi Tiam, Traditional kopi tiam
Traditional kopi tiam
in Kuala Terengganu
Chinese coffee shops, modern versions sell all kinds of Malaysian dishes

Besides the traditional kopi tiams, there is modern version of the coffee shops with modern, clean interior. Most of these modern kopi tiams run as franchises. Typical dishes include grilled toast, tea, coffee, half-boiled eggs but also full meals such as fried rice or noodles.

Kopi Tiam on Wikipedia:

A kopitiam or kopi tiam is a traditional breakfast and coffee shop found in Malaysia and Singapore in Southeast Asia. The word is a portmanteau of the Malay word for coffee (as borrowed and altered from the Portuguese) and the Hokkien dialect word for shop (店; POJ: tiàm). Menus typically feature simple offerings: a variety of foods based on egg, toast, and kaya, plus coffee, tea, and Milo, a malted chocolate drink which is extremely popular in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia.

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Kopi Tiam, Traditional kopi tiam
Traditional kopi tiam
in Kuala Terengganu

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hot drink made of combination of coffe, nescafe and tea

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Malay stalls or restaurants serving thai-style food

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