Bites of Nostalgia
By Hiranmayii Awli Mohanan
Saunter into the kopitiam façade of Luckin Kopi to find a juxtaposition of old and new architecture. Its 150-year-old seemingly intimate space opens to a bounteous dining area upon treading further in – revealing more of its heritage-meet-boho vibes.
With a stance that connection can be developed with a cup of coffee, Luckin Kopi offers an experience, tradition and discovery centred around traditional coffee and good food. The menu here is a creative rendition of Malaysian classics and would evoke nostalgia for many.
We picked the rojak as our light starter, washing the palate with its sweet and savoury repertoire, balanced with a hint of spice and built appetite for what came after. The medley of local fruits created a delightful crunch.
The hallmark of a typical Malaysian breakfast at a kopitiam is none other than half boiled eggs complemented by toast. Luckin Kopi brings us the Luckin Toast, an assemblage of five pieces of Hainan bread that goes perfectly with its four generous accompaniements – kaya, peanut butter, Nutella and butter.
Luckin Kopi Kaw
The aroma of the Luckin Kopi Kaw lingered and tickled our noses even before it reached the table. A sip of this kopitiam staple will have you prancing down memory lane. Its traditional and familiar taste of coffee is blended with necessary ‘kawness’ – a true treat for the senses.
Those who relish in nasi lemak, mee siam and Indo mee can rejoice for its customisable option that sees an array of delights to cater to any palate preference. These include a choice of chicken karaage, ayam berempah, curry chicken, rendang chicken, buttermilk chicken, prawn sambal, sambal sotong, sambal petai and buttermilk prawn. Seal the culinary experience with a glass of kopi kaw ice and thank us later.
Hainanese Chicken Chop
Simple, sinful and scrumptious are the words that come to mind when describing the Hainanese Chicken Chop. The chicken chop is fried to a delicious crisp, creating a crunchy outer layer and reveals a tender, succulent meat on the inside. Paired with a side of homemade sauce, drizzle it all over the chicken to experience subtle flavours boosting the chicken chop’s character.
The pièce de résistance at this charming café, in our opinion is undoubtedly, the Petai Pasta – a stroke of genius which rendered us complete awe. Don’t scrunch your noses just yet because the bold and unique matrimony of petai sambal and aglio olio pasta concocted an avant-garde dish. Locals will approve the spiced sambal with prawns and petai as it gives the pasta a truly Malaysian kick.
Address: Luckin Kopi (*Casual dining *Local Cuisine *Halal)
14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 016-397 6898