The holy (foodie) trinity of good food, location and price is perfected in Kedai Kopi, Shah Alam. Despite being a long time favorite amongst the locals, the kedai has not lost its charm. In fact, it’s become so popular that it’s opened another branch within the same area.
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Persiaran Sultan, 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor
Great food, surrounded by a lake garden
It could be full during peak hours, and sometimes the food you want isn’t available
Kedai Kopi is already something of an institution for the folks in Shah Alam, and with good reason, too. We sat down for a bite with owner En Zamzam Abd Latiff and talked of customers, culture and kopi.
“When I was younger, my mother used to ask me to call for my dad to come home from the local kedai kopi. Coffee shops have gotten slightly more complex since then – all concepts and names and branding. I wanted something simple and reliable, a place where people can remember, come and relax - no fuss.”
It seems like a casual sentiment to espouse, but keeping in mind that En Zam is a passionate old timer chef (one of the first batch of chefs to heat up the kitchens of PWTC, Subang View and MIC) it’s understandable that he wants to keep his personal touch on things. The best part of the food is that they are all cooked from scratch in the kitchen, with no MSG, and the dishes are priced reasonably.
For the hungry, go for their Shah Alam Beef Kuey Teow. A large plate of supple kuey teow swimming in a delicious pool of flavored soy sauce. With its amount, you’d think the soy would be overwhelming, but the recipe does wonders in terms of balancing flavors and texture. The sauce is light, sweet, and spiced well, with a great relish from the spring onions and bean sprouts. The kuey teow itself isn’t stringy, but soft. It’s a great call for lunch appetites.
If you’re looking for something to spark a fire up your tongue, try their Nasi Goreng Melayu. It gives a small nod to the standard nasi goreng kampung. The spice is just enough to have you hissing for breath without setting fire to your throat. Chewy prawns and strings of salty fried omelette strips fill the duty of satisfying your taste buds. The dish comes with a small serving of dry chilli soy chicken cubes, and a helping of crunchy prawn crackers.
Kedai Kopi’s Mee Bandung is also a favorite order. Chewy mee, in a large bowl of bandung soup. The soup is thick, sweet with a hint of tang. Although not served with the conventional half cooked egg, the flavour comes from its many condiments. The dish is rich with chewy fish balls, fried fish cakes, beef strips and sawi, all of which combines to give a great taste. It’s not too overpowering, and perhaps even considered mild, but it’s the smooth blend of garlic, chili and meat makes this dish.
Aside from that, Kedai Kopi also has a range of western dishes. We’d recommend you to try their Chicken Chop – simple, but it hits the spot where chicken and mushroom sauce is concerned. The meat strip is juicy, without the abundance of fat, and internal stringy parts that usually comes with real slices of chicken. The skin is grilled to a crisp outer layer, and it’s all doused in a velvety mushroom sauce that’s slightly sour to taste. It’s served with a well-baked garlic bread and veggies.
They also serve as a venue to cater for private functions. The restaurant is a friendly-for-all crowd, from babies, family, teens, students, elderlies to young professionals. The shops are accessible from main roads and the jogging paths around the lake garden – which makes it an ideal location for a weekday lunch, or a weekend brunch after tai chi.
Although 12 years strong, Kedai Kopi doesn’t have plans to expand further. Both shops are tucked into shaded corners, surrounded by the serene Shah Alam lake gardens and blossoming canopies. There’s even a waterfall cascading down next to the first branch, and it’s a good place as any to spend a warm golden evening with food and friends.