Wednesday 31 July 2013

Kin Wah Kopi Tiam 锦华咖啡店 @ Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bharu

Kin Wah Kopi Tiam 锦华咖啡店 @ Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bharu

Few months after my first visit to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, I revisited this full-with-Chinese-heritage street in Johor Bahru. The kopitiam--Restoran Kin Hua, located at the entrance of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, catch people's attention with its sharp red coloured wall. This is the place which is crowded all the times, no matter for breakfast, lunch or high tea, I decided to check out the hidden "magnetic factor" which attracts the crowd. 
Kin Wah Kopitiam is a typical Chinese kopitiam, which offers good coffee tea and roti bakar. Surprisingly, the kopitiam is not only famous among Chinese, but also attracts some others ethnics' friends. Apparently, besides Chinese foods, there is also a stall in the kopitiam providing Malay mixed rice, operated by Muslim.
Kopi 咖啡 RM1.50 / Kopi - O 咖啡乌  RM1.20
I especially like the nostalgic coffee cup, full with traditional elements. Over the years, this kind of traditional Chinese breakfast still remains on the top of my list, not because I am Chinese, but the fragrance of Nanyang coffee is really irresistible good.
Nasi Rendang Chicken  仁当鸡椰浆饭  RM6
When I was in Kin Wah around 11am, I found that the Malay mixed rice stall has been set up and ready with various good and spicy food, made me drooling! The rice and dishes are contained in a bamboo basket with a layer of oil paper. I got rendang chicken, sambal long bean and curry potatoes on the top of my rice. To make it better, I prefer the rice be flooded with "kuah kari", heavenly good. The rendang chicken is very savoury, the meat itself is very tender. The potatoes are cooked till very soft yet won't be overcooked, still good in shape, good to taste and also good to see.
After the mixed rice, we also have the traditional roti bakar, this is the normal version of butter kaya, where the roti is coated with a crispy layer on the outside. I like the feel of melting the cold butter in mouth.
Toast  土司  RM1.30 per piece
This is the version butter sugar, which is less favourable to my tastebud, it is dull and monotonous to have butter only. Butter must be good friend with kaya!

I further found that the Malay stall actually offers also mee rebus and nasi lemak during tea time. Hopefully I have the chance to taste it in future!

Address : Kin Wah Kopi Tiam 锦华咖啡店
39-67 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
Bandar Johor Bahru, 
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS : N01 27.411'  E103 45.863'

Business Hour : 7am – 6pm
Tel : 016- 748 4262


  1. Another old place for tasting traditional food. Is the food nice?

    1. @TZ the rendang chicken is good, you may try it

  2. The kopi looks really kaw! I like! :D

  3. long time never had such a simple yet fulfilling breakfast! =D

    1. @henry You may have this anytime near your place..

  4. looks like a traditional place ^^