Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Geylang Kopitiam @ USJ 9

Hubby and I have this hobby of checking-out eateries around our place. We do not only sample the food, we like to check out the ambience, too. After all, eating is not just about food, eating itself is an experience! That's why we see all those celebrity chefs in Asian Food Channel travelling round the world to savour food in its locality.

Geylang Kopitiam @ USJ 9 was discovered a couple of months ago while we were on our rounds of jalan-jalan cari makan. Situated in Subang Business Centre near the Al-Falakh Mosque, it was the new-kid-on-the-block then.

the sons in one of those rare "peaceful" moments...

The mini Bali infront of the restaurant got the sons excited in no time. So, it was alfresco for the parents :). While they sat on the swing, played hide and seek; hubby, daughter and me went through the menu. Besides the typical kopitiam fare such as roti bakar and kaya (kaya toast), they also had quite a number of Singapore (Geylang, remember?) and Johor signature dishes. We settled for:

Kacang Pool (left) and Sup Tulang Ketuk (right).

The verdict:
i) the Kacang Pool was O.K but the one that I had in Larkin was better :)
ii) the Sup Tulang Ketuk was too sweet for our liking. (Don't really know if that's how it was supposed to be. Orang Johor tolong komen sikit...

Food aside, the vintage exhibits (iron, gramophone, etc) was not really a novel concept (most kopitiams have the same kopitiammy decor). Nevertheless the owner/s deserved credit for the interior and exterior decor. If I'm not mistaken, the owner (Hussein Taha) was a landscape designer whose work was frequently featured in Laman.

One thing for sure the Air Bandung variety (plain, + cincau, + corn) was our fave. And when the bill came, this VFM freak couldn't be happier because the price was very reasonable as there was no service charge (I think...).

My Geylang Kopitiam experiences have been pleasant ever since, though I heard some colleagues were not so lucky - they had diarrhoea after eating at the TTDI Jaya branch.

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