Malay Kampung Kopitiam
Bakurocho: Malaysian
Malay Kampung Kopitiam (Bakurocho: Malaysian)
Malay Kampung Kopitiam
Open 7-9:30, 11:30am-1:30, 5-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Sun: Open Sundays

Malaysian-style snacks and light meals are the draw at this casual cafe, which opened in Bakurocho in summer 2023. With its down-home snacks and sweet drinks, Malay Kampung Kopitiam (it means "Village Coffeeshop" in Malay) is the perfect pick-me-up after a stroll around the department stores of Nihonbashi or the art galleries of Bakurocho.

The traditional Malaysian breakfast of Nasi Lemak is available here all day long, and it's a treat. Coconut rice and dry chicken curry are served on a banana leaf with the usual accompaniments of dried anchovies, fried peanuts, spicy sambal, a boiled egg, cucumber slices and prawn crackers. All the above are to be mixed together for a myriad of flavors and textures.

Other staples include the Malaysian Chicken Curry, a soup curry loaded with tender chicken, okra and potatoes. It's a coconut-based curry flavored with powdered spices, curry leaves and whole star anise. The Chicken Rendang here is great: a mess of succulent chicken in a chili sauce that has been slow-cooked to evaporate the excess liquid. It's got the consistency of pulled pork, and goes well with a bowl of coconut rice.

A recent addition to the menu is the Kaya Toast set, a classic breakfast imported from the Hainanese coffee shops of Singapore. It's a tropical variant on the British "soft-boiled eggs and soldiers", but here the eggs are flavored with soy sauce and pepper, and the toast is pre-spread with butter and kaya (coconut jam).

If you just want a snack, you can choose from a range of popular Malaysian street foods such as Roti Canai, a roti bread with a bowl of tasty chicken curry soup, or Chicken Satay, skewers of grilled chicken with a peanut dipping sauce. Other tasty bites include dumplings, charsiew pies, and Otak-Otak, a kind of spiced fishcake cooked in a banana leaf.

All the dishes go well with Malaysian-style tea or coffee, both served as lattes with condensed milk. In the Teh Tarik, the tooth-staining tannins of well-brewed black tea and the tooth-rotting sweetness of the condensed milk offer a terrific re-energizer on hot and humid days.

by Richard Jeffery

Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi Bakurocho 1-6-6.

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