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In a city that's raging with new developments at every turn, there's nothing like kicking back a little to explore coffeeshops that have stood the test of time. This week, A-Lister Nabil Mustafiz manoeuvres the Citroën DS3 into the old Redhill housing estate and leads us to a quaint void deck coffeeshop that you might have cast aside on previous occasions. No excuses next time, because while whirring coffee machines and eggs benedict are on the rise, excellent kopi and traditional breakfasts are but a dying trend. Blink and you'll miss it.
Nabil is a lawyer during the hours he is awake, and an explorer when he should be sleeping. Top of the list: always adding to an unwritten list of places to enjoy good food with good friends. He can't live without his pods, pads and berries but laments the loss of old-fashioned values: when dress codes were strictly adhered to, when gentlemen's codes meant something, and when letters were handwritten.
Two things bring me back to this void deck coffeeshop: old fashioned breakfast and arguably the best kopi in Singapore. I don’t want to start a fight about kopi, but you really have to try this one, tucked into a corner of Redhill.
There are no shortcuts here: the steamer for the steamed bread is heated by a charcoal fire, the bread is steamed by the same watchful eyes and patient hands that have been doing this for decades, and the coffee beans are roasted with a closely-guarded secret. I hear there’s a large amount of butter in there. But all I can do is speculate and sip.
Seng Hong Coffeeshop is a great place to come to and take a break from the myriad of new coffee places that are opening up in Singapore with their range of blends and beans from parts of the world I couldn’t point out on a map.
Over here, it’s a trusted and traditional breakfast of old-fashioned kopi paired with kaya on steamed bread, and soft-boiled eggs. Over here, there’s no fanfare. Your choice of kopi: black, milk, sweet or bitter.
I also hear that the fishball noodles that share the premises are worthy companions to the steamed kaya toast and the kopi. They’re so good, in fact, that they run out around before lunchtime. I wish I could tell you more about them. But I rarely make it here on a weekend before noon.
Ready and roaring to go.
All hands on deck.
The DS3 cuts a sleek silhouette.
No fanfare, no frills.
The same décor since day 1.
Hustle and bustle in the kitchen.
Local bread. They refused to tell me where it's baked.
Bitter. Sweet. Creamy. All for $1.20.
Steamed bread as light as air.
Breakfast of champions, across generations.
Seng Hong Coffeeshop
Block 58 Lengkok Bahru
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