If you’re a fan of modern kopitiams, then you might want to try out Hainan Tea. Taking over the spot where Leo’s Cafe used to be, it became one of CK’s favourite spot for weekend breakfast, mainly because he can’t stand the heat while dining at coffee shops and hawker centres. *tsk tsk tsk* Apparently, they have been around for quite some time, starting with their outlet at Low Yat Plaza and only expanded to PJ and Puchong just recently.
They have quite a number of interesting stuff on the menu (or should I say, innovative) like this Hainan Brown Toast 3 Layer (RM 3.80). Generous spread of butter, kaya (coconut jam) and peanut butter sandwiched in between 3 pieces of brown toasts – you get a myriad of flavours (slightly salty, sweet and egg-y at the same time). Good stuff!
The usual coffee and iced Milo fix, and also the Honey Cucumber juice. I love cucumber juice for its refreshing aftertaste and this one is quite a potent thirst-quencher.
The menu says “hainan noodle” but in fact, it is wantan noodle. The Hainan Noodle with Curry Chicken came with big, tender chicken pieces and not overly spicy but the overall dish was a little bit too dry. More curry gravy would be a nice change.
BBQ Chicken Roll (RM 6.90) – steamed rice roll or cheong fun/chee cheong fun with diced barbequed chicken was kinda bland. The filling were not fragrant enough to our liking, although the sauce given was aplenty. The Rendang Chicken Nasi Lemak on the other hand, has quite a number of condiments, including the acar (tangy preserved vegetable with spicy peanut sauce), a big piece of rendang chicken thigh and papadam. No complaint on this one.
While I was unable to find out any Hainanese characteristic about the place, Hainan Tea definitely is a better place for something different than the usual kopitiam stuff, although there are some hit and misses. While other kopitiams were charging exorbitant prices, Hainan Tea is still affordable at the time being. A nice place for yam cha and bread (if you like bread!)
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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