... Is to visit Klaung again.
To get to the same canteen as well as dropping by another famous coffee shop. I read that the Tong Fong Cafe (Eastern Cafe) also serves very good coffee in Kluang. It has been around since the days when Malaysia was still under the British rule. The Brits then loved to visit the coffee shop. It is on 56, Jalan Lambak.
No wonder that nostalgic feel. The Kluang Railway Station is considered a heritage building. The station looks old but the charm of the station still stands proud in Kluang town. You gotta see it to feel it. It was really nice and you will be able to take very good heydays-type-of photographs. So, photographers, please take note.
The full name of this canteen is :
Kedai Kopi Dan Makanan Ros
Stesyen Keretapi Kluang
The canteen is run by chinese and its coffee and toasts are so good that chinese, malays and indians all love to go there.
Lots of people at any one time, especially in the morning and tea time. I just wonder how many cups of coffee the boss sells per day. The human traffic was simply amazing.
Is a must try when you are there at the Kluang Railway Station canteen. Well, according to the boss, the coffee beans are self made by them. They use pure de-husked coffee beans, meaning, no addition of other "beans" like corns, etc. They are then roasted to perfection before grinding and then serve at the canteen.
It was passed down from generation to generation. The owners of the canteen are of the 3rd generation and the 4th generation folks are going to setup a coffeeshop in One Utama serving the same menu.
The best thing was that all drinks are personally made by the boss himself. His many staff are dealing with all other food stuffs and he only deals with the signature coffee.
Kluang has a shop which is famous for its coffee and toast. The shop is located just by the Kluang Train Station in Kluang Town.
The aroma of the coffee is so good and I have never tasted such a nice cup of coffee. We ordered a cup of tea because some of the locals prefer the tea to its coffee. My choice is still the coffee.
The owner revealed to bee (who brought us to this hidden place) that the coffee beans are specially choosen by them. They use pure de-husked coffee beans withoutout adding other beans or corn. They are then roasted to perfection before grinding and then served.
Seen in the photo are a cup of kopi (coffee with milk), teh (tea with milk) and teh O (tea without milk or translated as black tea)
The shop serves 3 different types of toasts:
Round Burger Toasts (plain), Round Burger Wholemeal Toasts and Rectangular long plain white bread.
There is something unusual about their kaya toast. They uses those buns which are just like hamburgers while we eat the normal bread charcoal toasted in Singapore.
You could chose the plain ones on the healthier whole meal bread. My choice is the whole meal bread which has a nice texture and bite to it.
Will have to try the Rectangular long pain white bread next time.
When you are there, you will see people ordering at least 2 things, the coffee / other drinks and a toast. The toast was really nice. The kaya with butter in the hot toasts will just melt in your mouth. Yummy.
There are in fact 3 types of toasts :
1. The popular round burger type of toasts.
2. Round type wholemeal ones for the health conscious.
3. The normal rectangular plain white bakery bread.
I like the rectangular ones best although the round ones are popular.
Wanna learn some tricks in coffee-making as you eat and savour on the aromatic coffee? Just sit right in front of the coffee counter which is outside of the stall. There is a small extended table from the coffee-making area where you can strategically plant yourself as you observe the coffee-making process.
Soft boil eggs are always on the menu of the local coffee shop.
You could order the traditional soft boil eggs that goes very well with the toast.
Break the eggs into the plate, add a few drops of soya sauce and some pepper, stir well and slurp the soft boil eggs down.
This shop is so popular and it was featured in a tourism magazine with an article "Toast of the town".
This place is patronised by all races and people of all ages even though the boss is a Chinese.
Stop by for your coffee break at Kluang.
At the VT meet in Malacca on 11 Mar 06, Chia told me about his evaluation of the coffeeshops in Malaysia. He mentioned that one of his friends who is a Keluang local told him that the tea with milk at the Railway Canteen is better than its coffee.
To confirm it, Basil (Jen's hubby) ordered the tea instead of the coffee when we were there on 12 Mar. Indeed, the tea was great too, as good as its coffee.
There is a signboard with a warning to all passengers and those sending them off not to board the train as the express train will leave the station in a minute. Do say your goodbye and hugs before you board the train.
A goods train have just arrived at the Kluang Train Station delivering some goods at the station. You may see the long trail of containers.
Before I uncovered the secret of the coffee, I would like to share some experiences while coffeeing at Kluang Station Cafe.
First of all, the coffee shop had been classified as heritage together with the old train station. I feel the nostalgic feeling while sipping my coffee and the 2x2-inch net that made up of the upper portion of the coffee shop “wall” (boundaries) make me recall my grand-ma's kitchen at her old house.
The service - the staffs are very efficient in serving and make me feel very at home. You can order food and drinks in any common tongues and they will sure bring you the right stuffs.
I read this canteen will be so packed early morning when the first train stops by. It's like everyone is paying pilgrimage to the coffee shop every morning when they step out of the train.
The #1 secret for Kluang Station Cafe is use only pure de-husked coffee beans without addition of corns & other regular local coffee substances. The bean was roasted by shop owner and family to give that personal touch to their signature coffee. The coffee roasting formula has been passed down for 3 generations and it's not going to end here. The 4th generation is going to create coffee joints franchise starting at 1Utama New Wing. Soon you will find the joints nationwide (i hope)!
You can order both ice and hot coffee from Kluang Station and taste equally good. Best of all if you order toasts to go with it.
It's perfectly alright if you end up at Kluang Station Cafe (lucky you!!) without reading this tip. You don't have to worry that you don't know what to order. Just sit there for 3 minutes and you will be able to tell the trend of customer orders at Kluang Station Cafe.
Beside the coffee (hot or iced), the toast is also the best sellers here. There are 3 types of toast sold here and each of them is applied with delicious homemade kaya and butter that melt instantly in your mouth.
These are the 3 types of toasts:
1. the round burger type of toasts (most popular),
2. the round wholemeal toasts for the health conscious &
3. the normal fresh cut rectangular plain white bakery bread (see picture)
Please do not salivate and drown you keyboard. If you do, remember to give an appreciation rating for telling the good news.