Restaurant: Nanyang Old Coffee
Last visited: April 26, 2010
Location: A few locations
268 South Bridge Road (End of Smith)
Price Range: $0.90 – $3 SGD – about $0.50 – $2 CAD
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Established in September 2007
- Specializes in authentic Singaporean coffee
- Best kopi/Singaporean coffee
- Great for quick traditional Singaporean breakfast
- Great for coffee break/snack
- Husband and wife operation
- Very casual
- Made upon order
- Free admission for mini coffee museum in backroom
- Very popular for locals and tourists
- Budget-friendly/cheap eats
- Local Singaporean snacks available
- Starting to franchise
- Winner of 2009 “Promising Franchisor Award”
**Recommendations: Singaporean coffee aka “Kopi”, Kaya Butter Toast, Half Boiled Egg
I am so glad that I stumbled upon this cafe while walking aimlessly around Chinatown in Singapore. If you travel to Singapore this is not to be missed! This is the best Singaporean coffee I’ve ever had. It is authentic and traditional Singaporean coffee made upon order and it’s truly amazing.
The owner is known as the “Kopi Master” – this is the art of ‘pulling’ the coffee which takes several years to learn and perfect. I’m not sure what the purpose is but he pours the kopi at an elevated level repeatedly from one long spouted pot to another.
Nanyang Old Coffee is a husband and wife operation and they are truly dedicated to the art of real Singaporean coffee. They even have a free admission mini coffee museum at the back of their store. It’s super cute, basically just a back room, and they have locals and tourists coming in just to try their famous Singaporean coffee. No joke, I would even consider franchising it in Vancouver.
If you’re looking for a traditional Singaporean breakfast or snack then come here! Coffee, kaya toast, half boiled egg or “runny eggs” is as local as you can get! The prices are incredibly cheap too – that breakfast as a set meal is $2.80 SGD which is about $1.90 CAD.
Traditional Singaporean coffee or as they call “kopi” is so different – I’m confident that this is the best place for it too.
How to order Kopi/Coffee? (From museum)
Kopi O - Coffee with sugar
Kopi – Coffee with condensed milk
Kopi C - Coffee with additional of evaporated milk
Kopi Siew Tai – Coffee less sweet
Kopi Ga Tai – Coffee more sweet
On the table:
- Kopi (Coffee with condensed milk) $.90 SGD – about $0.50 CAD
- Freshly roasted, ground, and brewed.
- I don’t even drink coffee that much although I do like it. I just try to limit my caffeine intake… but this is THE BEST coffee EVER.
- Singaporean coffee is totally different than any other coffee. This is authentic kopi made by the best.
- Even the cup is a traditional coffee cup. The green floral print and porcelain acts as insulation and keeps the coffee warmer for longer.
- The coffee beans are Robusta and they’re toasted with sugar and butter so they have this wonderfully sweet flavour. The beans are coated in basically a caramel sugar and it’s actually their way of naturally packaging the freshness.
- Nanyang Old Coffee also blends their beans with Arabica Beans to give it extra aromatic notes and a smooth taste.
- It’s creamy, strong, bold, rich and the most aromatic coffee ever with a nutty and sweet flavour that’s almost like malted chocolate!
- It is naturally sweetened but the condensed milk gives it an extra creamy richness and added sweetness. It’s the most traditional way of ordering it.
- Singapore traditional coconut jam with butter toast $1.20 SGD – $0.60 CAD
- The recipe is so simple and it’s so easy to make, but for some reason I can’t make it like SHE does!
- This is Kaya Toast – the most traditional Singaporean breakfast or snack for locals and it’s commonly eaten with “runny eggs” or half boiled poached eggs. (This was breakfast #2 so I passed on the eggs)
- She toasts the bread (without butter) once, spreads the toast with a thick layer of top quality Kaya (coconut jam) and puts it in the oven to toast for again.
- She adds thin slices of butter as soon as it comes out of the toaster and just before serving. It melts perfectly and is so delicious!
- It’s crustless and has a very crispy outside and very tender and soft inside.
- Kaya is coconut jam and it has a wonderful flavour. It’s made with coconut milk, eggs, sugar and sometimes Pandan (citrus pine herb). It’s sweet, aromatic and almost like a caramelized coconut puree paste. YUM!
Back then if you turned the cup over on the saucer it meant you would pay the bill on another day. Coffee was a luxury item so workers could only afford to pay the bill after they received their wages.