NOTHING beats a good, hearty and filling breakfast.
A Malaysian version of this is sure to include fragrant nasi lemak, a bowl of hot noodle soup or half-boiled eggs and toast.
Typically, one would have to visit several eateries to get any of those options but not at Good Morning Kopitiam where local favourites as well as sandwiches and other Western dishes are available.
The kopitiam in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur has an outdoor dining concept, which is great for a quick meal or leisurely brunch.
A personal favourite is nasi lemak with chicken (RM7.90) which comes with the usual trimmings of crunchy peanuts and ikan bilis, cucumber, spicy sambal and hard-boiled egg.
The generously-sized chicken is nicely seasoned with spices but not overwhelmingly so, and is still moist on the inside.
The flavoursome sambal has the right amount of spiciness, which pairs well with slightly sweet coconut rice.
What I would consider a hit is the char kuey teow with mee.
The dish had enough wok hei and a nice amount of fishcake and prawns.
From among the noodle dishes, I preferred the curry noodle (RM8) over prawn noodle (RM8), which can be customised with a selection of mee hoon, mee or kuey teow.
The savoury curry broth is somewhat creamier and comes with steamed chicken and other toppings.
The cooks are generous with vegetables like eggplant and long beans, as well as ingredients like taufu pok (deepfried beancurd) and crunchy fried onions.
Co-owner Tan Kok Siong said the eatery prides itself in being able to provide filling meals at reasonable prices.
“We want to cater to office workers around here but also to families on weekends who like different options for brunch,” he said.
Tan, who worked in the hotel industry for 35 years, also specialises in Western fare such as the ubiquitous big breakfast, croissant sandwiches, pasta and chicken chop.
“At the moment, we are focusing on breakfast and lunch but hope to open for dinner soon,” he said, adding that there are currently 30 dishes on the menu including onion soup (RM8.90).
There are also value meals, which include a main meal with side salad or soup, priced at RM18.90.
The non-halal eatery operates from 7am to 2.30pm, and is closed on Mondays. Good Morning Kopitiam is located on Jalan Radin Anum 4, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.