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Kopitiam Malaysia Street Food Bar

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 14th 2017
The Malaysia Kopitiam (coffee shop) experience in Brisbane
Kopitiam Malaysian Street Food Restaurant brings authentic Malaysian food to the heart of Woollongabba. Real Malaysian food combines Malay, Indian and Chinese food together, sometimes replicating the cuisines of origin and sometimes combining flavours in new and interesting ways. This Kopitiam brings these dishes to Brisbane with great care and attention to both quality and genuine style.

Kopitiam in Woolongabba
Kopitiam in Woolongabba


Kopitiam means coffee shop in Malay and it is traditionally synonymous with the cheaper restaurants dotted around the country. What will be available in Kopitiams will differ based on who is running them, often with several people working together to provide different styles of dishes.

However, no Kopitiam would be authentic without a "breakfast" of soft boiled eggs, toast and with coffee or milk tea call Teh Tarik. I put the word breakfast in quotes, because of course, you should be able to order these all day.

Traditional Malaysian Kopitiam breakfast
Traditional Malaysian Kopitiam breakfast


Sherie, who runs the restaurant, comes from a family that has run Kopitiam's in Malaysia for more than 20 years and is dedicated to getting the flavours right and customers are already flocking in seeking out specific dishes.

Rendang Chicken Rice
Rendang Chicken Rice


The dishes that have people coming back are the asam fish rice, rendang chicken and a Malaysian style burger where they wrap the beef patty in an omelette and serving it on a bun. Other dishes to check out are the Malaysian roast chicken leg and the various Indian Roti.

Ramly Street Beef Burger
Ramly Street Beef Burger


They also have a range of hot and cold drinks. While they have the sort of milk tea and coffee you might expect in an Asian restaurant, they also serve these drinks both hot and cold with condensed milk, which is common in South East Asia. Then, of course, thanks to Malaysia's obsession with Milo, this is also on the menu. Though personally, I would highly recommend the coconut milkshakes.

Coconut milkshakes
Coconut milkshakes


There is not too much choice when it comes to desserts, but the Roti Canai with strawberries and ice cream is delicious. If you prefer a more healthy dessert they have snack bowls of fruit.

Roti Canai Dessert
Roti Canai Dessert


Brunch is an option as well with a range of Chinese dim sum. While not a full yum cha restaurant, it still has great options, including pork buns, prawn dumplings and sticky rice along with Chinese tea. On Saturdays, they are planning to offer other Asian breakfasts including pork congee with the black century eggs.

Dim sum at Kopitiam
Dim sum at Kopitiam


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Why? Delicious, genuine & cheap Malaysian food
When: Monday to Saturday 10:30 am to 9 pm
Phone: (07) 3076 1254
Where: 10A, Gabba Central Shopping Centre, 803 Stanley St, Woolloongabba 4102 QLD
Cost: Meals from $10
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