Thursday, 7 June 2007
No Ordinary alley
This ain't any ordinary 'shortcut' mind you. And this is a classic example of 'looks can be deceiving! This little hidden alley lies right smack in the middle of Georgetown city and situated in between 2 large high-rise towers on Beach Street.
If you're daring enough, you'll walk through it to discover that its a famous kopitiam especially among the working force people. I doubt this alley has a name so i can't really give you more details.
A kopitiam or kopi tiam is a traditional breakfast and coffee shop found in Malaysia and Singapore in Southeast Asia .The word is a portmanteau of the Malay word for coffee (as borrowed and altered from the Portuguese) and the Hokkien dialect word for shop.Menus typically feature simple offerings: a variety of foods based on egg, toast and kaya plus cofee, tea and Milo.
Recently a new breed of kopitiams have sprung up. The popularity of the old fashioned outlets along with society's obsession with nostalgia and increasing affluence has led to the revival of these pseudo-kopitiams.
The new kopitiams are fast-food outlets which are reminiscent of the old kopitiams in terms of decor, but are usually built in a more modern, hygienic setting such as a shopping mall rather than in the traditional shophouse.
As for my family and i, we try our best to steer clear of the whirl of people and visit original kopitiams like this. This place serves toasted bread which is toasted the traditional way- which is done on charcoal. Better known as roti bakar among Malaysians this toasted bread is normally served best with butter and sugar.
This lilttle kopitiam allows you to bring outside food. Therefore, my family and i usually drop by for the excellent coffee. My dad reckons they have one of the best kopi-o (black coffee) in Penang! If u're daring enough WALK into the alley and be adventurous!!!!!