Kopitiam is a food chain consisting of different food and beverage stalls at the different outlets.
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Don't leave home without your Kopitiam Card....
In our inflationary environment, having a food court chain that rewards its members with a 10% discount on their meals are a rarity. I had the good luck to have 2 Kopitiam outlets in my town central ( Yew Tee) within steps away from each other... Why the good luck ? Cause when the 2nd outlet opens after taking over another lackluster chain, most residents received a complimentary Kopitiam membership card with a dollar value for a free cuppa. I know it's just a dollar...but better than having to buy a card right?
So, what's good at Kopitiam? Well, basically, nothing earth-shattering...just stuff that you might call daily sustenance. My particular favourite have to be the Nasi Lemak at Yew Tee MRT branch. At just $2.70 (after 10% discount from the $3/set), it has to be one of the best budget nasi lemak set around. I know there are $2.20-$2.50 set (at Lor 5 Toa Payoh or Commonwealth Food centre) but the taste, quantity and quality at the mentioned location leave much to be desired.
When ate at the outlet (Yew Tee MRT, ground level) and not packed home, the fresh aromatic coconut rice, crispy chicken wing, sugared peanuts+ ikan bilis, are superb with the sambal . Try it, trust me.
Other "notable" stalls would be those serving Hokkien Mee stall (Closed as of May 2013), Drinks/ Desserts and Traditional Boiled soups. The Indian food stall lacked the passion and taste most would expect in proper Indian fare.
How about the rest of the food stalls? Well....try it. Daily sustenance stuff...no surprises, no "wow" stuff...no worries about long queue...
Membership Has Its Privileges
It is a very auntie thing to have a Kopitiam card I know but it is ever so handy. I go quite often to the big 24-hr food court near SAM.
The roast duck stall used to be my favourite but it has changed ownership and is now rubbish. Never mind that the prices have been hiked up, but the greasy, over-cooked duck is totally inedible.
Instead, try the new Thai stall, which is good value for money. The cook is authentically Thai! The Tom Yum Chicken set is the best thing on their menu.
This Kopitiam is open 24 hours, which makes it a good late night option when most other places have closed for the day.
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Sub-par Food Court (At Least At The Outlet At Greenwich)
Greenwich V’s Kopitiam is by far the worst food court that I’ve eaten at. Some stalls are acceptable, such as the chicken rice and noodles stall, however the standard of the food served by the korean food stall and the economical rice was shocking.
I ordered kimchi noodles from the Korean stall. For close to $7, I was given a bowl of noodles from what I think was a Nongshim ramyun packet. The worst thing was, somehow the cook managed to mess up instant noodles and the ramyun soup was so diluted, it just tasted like flavoured savoury water.
As for the economical rice store, some parts of my rice were undercooked and inedible. The sweet and sour pork too, was dry and rock-hard. I gave up after trying to eat half the plate. I’ve eaten at other Kopitiams before and the food was nowhere as bad. I’m not sure if the cooks were having a bad day when I ate there, but what I do know is that I wouldn’t be patronising these two stalls at the Greenwich V Kopitiam again.
Different cuisines all in one place
Whenever I'm on a budget but still want to enjoy a filling meal, I turn to Kopitiam. Kopitiam foodcourts can be found almost everywhere and have a special Kopitiam card that customers can use to pay for their food. It is similar to an Ez-link card, whereby you load money in beforehand. What's more, when you use the Kopitiam card to pay, you get 10% off your bill!
The food at Kopitiam is quite decent. For the amount you are paying, the quality and portion you get is very reasonable. Most stalls also have an open concept, allowing people to watch their food being prepared.
Another good thing about Kopitiam, or food courts in general, is that you and your friends will not have to compromise on what type of food you want to eat that day. With the wide range of stalls at Kopitiam, a group of friends can all order different kinds of food but still dine together in the one place!
Great Low-Cost Eatery---during Off-Peak Hours
There's nothing I dislike more about shopping than having to carry the store's membership card to enjoy their discount. With so many retail shops offering their membership benefits, the problem shoppers face is carrying too many cards which in turn add weight to their handbags. What makes this membership card scheme worse is when the shops make it a prepaid card, meaning you can only enjoy discounts when you topup the card using cash. Sooner or later, someone like me is going to lose the card, together with the deposited cash, which makes me question whether I end up saving more money or losing more money.
Kopitiam is just one food court that implements a prepaid card scheme. First you have to pay for the membership, by spending enough to qualify for it, or by paying directly for it. Then after the usual rounds of topping up and spending the card value, after some years, you have to topup the card again to renew it. It is rather annoying.
Having aired out my gripes about prepaid cards, I have to admit that Kopitiam does have quality food stalls, albeit at a rather high price. During peak hours, the food court is always packed. If you're lucky enough to find seats, you end up having to share your table with others. The benefits of eating comfortably at an air-conditioned environment is lost, because the environment has become warm due to the crowd. During dinner time at shopping malls, my family has long given up looking for seats at Kopitiam. We resign to our fate by dining at Subway instead. If someone insists on eating Kopitiam food, we do a takeaway because it's more comfortable eating at home.
All in all, I will recommend Kopitiam as a great low-cost eatery--during off-peak hours.
Galore of local delights
What typifies Singaporeans better than our shared love for food. Kopitiam is the ideal place for a quick and affordable lunch during lunch breaks as well as to satisfy our craving for local delights.
It is also interesting that Kopitiam has different categories of food courts, I would say, that target different segments of the market. The food sold in the Kopitiam of Tampines 1 is significantly more pricey than the ones sold at Tampines Mall, however, the Kopitiam of Tampines 1 is differentiated in the form of better decorations and "better food" such as the delicious and famous Chendol that is not found anywhere else. The membership program makes it even more worthwhile to eat there as discounts are offered for food items.
It's good to have the Kopitiam card
Kopitiam is an air-conditioned food court, can be found in most of the shopping malls in Singapore. I forget how I get the Kopitiam card when it first started, anyway it's free. So, I always bring my family there to have dinner when I have the time.
A few months back, the Kopitiam at Northpoint outlet has started and Kopitiam gave out free cards with some money inside for people living around that area to have tea or coffee at Kopitiam. For people who don't have the card, you can buy it for $2.
The Kopitiam at Northpoint is usually crowded during lunch time and dinner time, but not the outlet at Sun Plaza (Sembawang).
not really cheap but oh well.
There are a few reasons why I like kopitiam.
Firstly, it is convenient. Kopitiam is almost everywhere! I usually go to the one at Tiong Bahru since I live enar there.
Secondly, the prices are affordable. I wouldn't say that it's cheap but consdering that you've got clean tables and chairs (most of the time) and with the airconditioning.. We should learn to complain less.
Thirdly, they have food that would be sold anywhere else. So the food isn't "great"- it's hard to find GREAT food in kopitiams they are just all the same.. but it isn't bad.
My favourite at kopitiams would be the yong tau foo or the banmian stall. Don't get the cai fan. It's so expensive. I got 2 veg and 1 meat without rice for 3 dollars. Cai fan should just be eaten in hawkers and at home. Really.
I'm sure you've been to kopitiam at least once in your life.
Good food, good prices.
If you haven't been to a food court in a shopping centre, and you say that the items from Kopitiam are overpriced, then you are so very wrong. Kopitiam not only offers great local food, it also offers you with air-conditioning. I've been to other food courts, excuse me for being straightforward, but their food sucks (especially the one operated by NTUC at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital). Kopitiam never fails to amaze their patrons with great smelling and great tasting foods.
If you have the Kopitiam card, you'll be in for more than a treat. With the card, you get discounted prices for food you purchase, although topping it up is extremely time-consuming. So, if you don't have your meals at Kopitiam regularly, getting the card isn't quite necessary.
The cleanliness at their outlets are also acceptable, although finding seats prove to be another obstacle to have a good time at Kopitiam outlets!
Overpriced food, Overrated food court chain.
Kopitiam stands out as the oldest food court chain in Singapore. Sadly, however, it is not the best. not by a long shot. Paying $3.50 for a plate of chicken rice which tastes barely average and where the quantity of food definitely does not justify the hole in my pocket makes me avoid the place completely. This is not a one-off example. Other experiences of mine involve paying $4 for a bowl of laksa which ended up tasted like curry noodles as well as forking out $4.50 for a plate of nasi goreng where the rice came soggy and tasteless. Such experience have steeled my determination not to eat at Kopitiam again and also advise my friends and family against dining there.
Get the card
The title says it all. Kopitiam features a huge variety of Singapore cuisines. Sure, it's got a vast selection in terms of Singapore delicacies but in terms of quality and quantity, it depends.
Take Sun Plaza, for instance. The Hainanese Chicken Rice stands out, hands down. The chicken meat is tender and very flavourful. Best of all, the rice is less oily too. However, do expect a queue, which takes about 5-10 minutes. Pretty reasonable, I would say.
Other than the Hainanese Chicken Rice stall, the Korean cuisine is also worth a try. My personal favourite is definitely Saba Fish. Do take note of the fish bone though. Oh and the kimchi!
If you happen to have your meals often at Kopitiam, it's best to get the card. There's a 10% discount. The downside? Topping up of card can get very troublesome and time consuming. The queue can get pretty long. That said, you have been warned.
Seats are readily available. Maybe it's got to do with the location itself.After all, Sun Plaza's pretty quiet compared to other heartland malls.
Decent food for a relatively low price
Among the food court chains in Singapore, Kopitiam stands out as the only chain that has its own stored-value card which you can use in all Kopitiam food courts and offers a discount if you use the stored-value card. Although its a nice trick to attract customers and make them loyal, it will still amount to nothing if the food is not value for money. Quality varies, but usually its acceptable and not over-priced. The drinks, especially canned drinks, can be more expensive than those found in other places though.
Lunch and dinner times are usually very crowded, so I usually go around and 1 hour before or after lunch and dinner times.