Written by Shirley T
Thursday, 08 December 2011 00:00
A cup of white coffee in Ipoh is a must! Thanks to Old Town White Coffee's branding, today everyone knows that Ipoh is the best city in Malaysia to sip a cuppa of aromatic white coffee!
Unlike the folks in other places, Ipoh's residents seldom go for the 3-in-1 sachet of the white coffee on supermarket aisle. What they are fond of doing is heading downtown to spoil themselves at the kopitiams near Kinta Heights 20 story-flat! The most talk about white coffee rendezvous refers to the cross-road of Jalan Bandar Timah and Persiaran Bijeh Timah (GPS Coordinates: 4.593181,101.07701) where three pioneers are.
Sun Yuan Loong and Sun Yuan Foong stands side by side like twins but they are actually a couple by combining their 'last' name - "Loong Foong". Directly translated to "Dragon & Phoenix", these are auspicious mythical beings in Chinese literature. And Nam Heong - the founder of Old Town White Coffee lies across the road. This piece of precious information (except the tale that I spun for Dragon & Phoenix :P) was what I heard from our hospitable host - an Ipoh born and bred boy!
He added that his parents visit these rustic coffee shops for high tea (tea time snacks) on weekends as routine. He further shared that the first establishment offered white coffee was not Nam Heong that bags the fame of Old Town White Coffee but this traditional kopitiam where we were sipping our coffee and enjoying our toasts! Hearsay the younger generation of Nam Heong was farsighted, demonstrated entrepreneurship thus expanded the business. To date, they dominate a share in every malls and upmarket areas satisfying the locals' palate.
Going back to Sun Yuan Foong or Sin Yun Hong (as hung above on Chinese-business wooden plaque), it opens for breakfast, lunch and tea until 5pm. Besides serving their signature white coffee, there are a list of bread-egg combo snacks for their patrons to choose from. From pouched egg on toasted bread to bread with kaya/butter on top of western twist that includes sausages, ham and burger buns, these are made available throughout the day.
During lunch hours, they pamper visitors with more food such as noodles, rice and dishes of economical variety. Too bad that Sun Yuan Loong (next door) was closed when we were there otherwise, we would spoil ourselves with a second cuppa there ;)
How is white coffee at Sun Yuan Foong? I asked for a hot cup. Served in a classical kopitiam porcelain mug with green flowers motif, the color was lighter than black coffee. It was rich, creamy, aromatic with a tinge of bitter end yet perfectly sweetened.
With so much information to digest, guess what? We forgot to capture the most hunted image here - a cup of white coffee! Make sure you do :D
Kedai Kopi Sin Yuan Foong
17, Jalan Bandar Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
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