Okay, so today, I headed back to Petaling Street with the sole intention of ‘hantaming’ at Ho Kow – Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam @ Petaling Street – Ol’ school awesomeness. Guess what though, that did not happen. Why? For some reason, the line was extra long today and from the looks of it, I most probably would have spent most of my break time waiting for my turn. I was disappointed but yea, it was between me having to rush through my lunch or looking elsewhere to eat. I opted to do the latter.
Where exactly is Kafei Dian? It is located on the same row of shops as Ho Kow and Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock but separated by a road. If you are standing along that specific row of shops, you’s notice an ol’ school bungalow, at the end of the street, on its own at the corner? Yup, that is the one. I’ve passed by it often, always wondering what it was suppose to be and now I know.
** Do note that this is NOT the same as the Kafei Dian in Amcorp Mall. The only thing they share is the name, similarities end there.
Kafei Dian is a new eatery, been in operation for 3 weeks now. The owner was nice enough to come by every table to say hello and while we were conversing, he did mention that they currently are not on any Social Media, as they want to focus on quality control first before putting themselves out there. If I am not mistaken, this is their 3rd venture? The two previous ones were in Puchong and Cheras?
Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, 12.90 ringgit + Penang Fried Kuey Teow, 10.50 ringgit + Butter and Kaya Toast, 2.90 ringgit
Okay, after tasting the food, I’ve deduce this. If you want kopitiam kindda food, you’d get it here. It is simple and it delivers. Of course, Ho Kow is still my favorite but whenever the line gets too long to wait, I’d happily walk over to Kafei Dian to eat. I totally dig how it looks – calming, relaxing and aesthetically pleasing, food was also good.
The Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng is one of their popular option. When taking order, they do tell/inform you that the dish will take 25 minutes to arrive (omg, say whatt??? 25 minutes??), same thing was also written on the Order Sheet/Menu but it was the earliest dish to arrive on my table, within 6-8 minutes. So yea, it isn’t as shocking as it sounds, lol. If you notice the rice, it isn’t white but green-ish, which I found fascinating. I suppose they were attempting to make pandan flavored rice? but besides the color indication, tastewise it was mild, very mild. If you want regular ol’ nasi lemak, this dish would satisfy your needs. Mixing everything up, makes for a nice, tasty combination.
The Penang Fried Kuey Teow was pretty tasty. It would have been da bomb if it had the slightly charred, burned taste that I fancy but its no big deal, it was yummy either way. The dish was a combination of the usual items – the noodles + sprouts + prawns + fishcakes.
The Butter and Kaya Toast was okay. What you order is what you’d get – a single slice, of which they had thoughtfully cut into slices for our convenience + butter + kaya.
Would I head back here?
Yea, I would. I love the ambiance and food was pretty good. I look forward to giving the other items a try.
Address: No. 16, Jalan Panggung, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Everyday. 7 am – 5 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.