Just before the fasting month, I picked up my best mate from the airport. He’d just come back from The Emerald City, Seattle, USA and he was telling me about his trip there – visiting the Boeing factory, drinking at the first Starbucks ever, “meeting” Bruce Lee and his son…Watttaaaa!!!! Fascinating stuff that needed to be washed down with a good Kopi O and Teh Tarek. So we decided to go to Jian Chu in Old Menglait, an outfit that’s probably as legendary as Starbucks, but with an even longer history.
We ordered the famous Jian Chu Kolo Mee with the Mata lembu.
But the must-have here is the famous Roti Kuning – hot toasted yellow bun, with a dollop of Kaya and a thick slice of cold butter – an odd but beautiful marriage of hot and cold sensations on your taste buds.
Mouth-watering stories of Seattle bagels, fresh seafood and other gastronomic delights accompanied our breakfast that morning. The closest I’ve ever been to Seattle myself was Vancouver some years ago, so we were comparing notes. And as I sipped my Kopi O, I quietly wondered how an unlikely Seattle, with an average temperature of 7-15C, managed to spawn probably the most successful coffee chain in the world ever. Coffee that could easily have come from my own backyard.