A Hainanese Affair @ Sin Kok Thye Coffee ShopAugust 25, 2010 | 8,285 views
Hainanese Chicken Chop – At RM7.50/USD2.30 per portion; this is a throwback to the glory days; the colonial times when our ancestors were great cooks, whipping up lip-smacking dishes in the kitchens in the British residences.
Sin Kok Thye, or New Cathay could possibly pass off as another run-of-the-mill coffee shop in a part of Klang town that has obviously seen better days. Port Klang on a Sunday is deserted; you don’t even see the ‘foreign army‘ scrambling around, making ends meet at the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. Just before you reach the port, you will bear witness to rows of slightly dilapidated shophouses; in no way a haven for food hunters.
But wait, then there’s the almost century old Sin Kok Thye on Jalan Kem in Port Klang. A corner lot at the end of a row of double-storey shops facing a flyover (still operational?); a pork-free establishment reminiscence of the other Hainanese coffee shops like Yut Sun of Taiping and Yut Loy of Kuala Kangsar. Read on to find out more about the Hainanese cuisine served at this charming coffee shop …..
Sin Kok Thye is loosely translated to NEW Cathay; and I was told that this is now being run by the third generation. Look at those fresh, pickled green chillies in the jar. Perfect with their Hailam Mee, or the Chee Cheong Fun from the stall fronting the shop
Do remember that they close on Sundays. So never push your luck and venture out to Port Klang all the way from Kuala Lumpur or wherever you are in hopes of a pleasant cup of Hainanese coffee and some toast. Unless, of course you don’t mind detouring over to Pulau Ketam for a quick respite from the city life and enjoy a round or two on bicycles, then winding up with some seafood.
On a side note, this old man manning our table could almost passed off as my late grandfather!!! Such uncanny resemblance. And yeah, in case you’re wondering, I’m of Hainanese parentage.
Kaya & Margarine Toast for Breakfast – With a cup of Hainan tea, coffee or ‘cham’ for a complete ensemble.
I do not why I am so fascinated by old coffee shops, or ‘kopitiam’ if you will. Those marble tables, wooden chairs, and mosaic-tiled floors, with quaint decorations adorning the walls, and an antique grandfather clock or two. Maybe the ambience, or most probably the same old food selection; Hainanese Chops, Thick toast with homemade “kaya” (coconut + egg jam), Hailam Mee, Fried Beehoon etc.
Don’t ask for White Coffee here. Or in any REAL kopitiam for that matter. That’ll be a joke, for what you get will be a robust brew with a bitter aftertaste, and with less milk (no evaporated/fresh milk business, unless it’s Kopi C).
Hainanese Fish Chop – A slab of real, boneless fish fillet (as opposed to those starchy commercially marketed brands), doused in their tangy tomato gravy and served with the same sides as the chicken chop.
Appearance-wise, the Chicken and Fish Chops looked presentable, but the watery tomato-based sauce was not as drool-worthy at the first glance. But don’t let the appearance fools you. The sourish, tangy tomato sauce complemented the lightly-coated fillets well, without being overly starchy/thickened like most. The sides include boiled green peas (slightly cold though), pan-fried potato wedges, a cut of fresh tomato, and some onions to complete the garnish.
Truthfully I found the chops here to be rather good, and definitely worth the price. About RM7.50/USD3.30 per portion, for both the chicken and fish. You can also opt for a black pepper sauce for your chops, or go for the lamb chop that looked mighty hefty in portion; lapped up ravenously by a table of hungry elderly patrons.
Hailam Mee – A sloppy serving of braised yellow noodles in dark soy sauce and oyster sauce, with prawns, chicken and mustard greens (Sawi)
Though the Mee Hailam at Sin Kok Thye was comparably bland and not as tasty as the famous Parit’s version at Ang Ang, we still had no trouble slurping up the yellow noodles coated with the dark gravy. Mind you, I am not a fan of the alkaline-laden taste, hence I always had my reservations when it comes to ordering the mee.
Something ‘kao’ to kick start the day with? Can’t go wrong with Kopi-O (Black coffee) !!!
All in all, the breakfast at Sin Kok Thye Coffee Shop was a worthy exodus, at least the Western cuisine served were all above average; not sloppily deep-fried fillets of meat doused in a starchy, corn flour-laden gravies. Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever around in Klang, and another Bak Kut Teh meal for breakfast sounds like an overkill.
SIN KOK THYE (NEW CATHAY) COFFEE SHOP (Pork-Free)
23, Jalan Kem,
Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Opens from 6.30am – 6.00pm.
Closed on Sundays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Sin Kok Thye