Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee – A Good Start for the Day
Do you need coffee to get you going in the morning?
Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with. The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration effect which no afternoon or evening cup of coffee can reproduce.
Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee sells pretty good coffee. It used to be located in Lau Pa Sat Festival Market but moved to the current Amoy Street Food Centre in 1997. Since young, the owner has been helping his father to run the coffee stall business, hence he has picked up the skills and techniques in brewing traditional Hainanese coffee and toasting bread with charcoal.
This stall served one of the nicest coffee in town at $0.80. The coffee is nicely thick with the right balanced of sugar and milk. When you bring it close to your nose and take a deep breath, you can smell the distinct aromatic coffee smell.
Kaya and Hainanese has a close connection. During the olden days, most of the coffee shops are opened by Hainanese. During that time, the Hainanese have to learn make coffee, toast bread and cook kaya. In the past, duck eggs were used to make kaya because it is thick and more fragrant. It is only when duck eggs become more expensive, then they started to use chicken eggs.
The kaya toast bread ($1.60) is a signature dish that cannot be missed. Crispy bread with tasty butter and kaya plus two half-boiled eggs is the best choice for a good starting day. They make their own kaya, not too sweet and not greasy. You can also try their French toast ($3) which is another signature dish. The bread is coated entirely by eggs and toasted with charcoal.
It is nice to find a coffee place with strong Hainanese roots. Remember to order the toast, eggs and coffee as a set because it is cheaper.
A good breakfast is a great start. Have a lovely Monday!
Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee
Address: 7 Maxwell Road
Amoy Street Food Centre #02-95
Opening hours: 5:30am to 4pm