179 Kopitiam Hot
For the night owls craving for local food during unearthly hours, fret not, for 179 Kopitiam is around to satisfy your hunger. Situated right beside Pioneer MRT, this coffee shop is well known to most students of the nearby Nanyang Technological University and residents of the area. Many stalls in this coffee shop remain open late into the night around 4 AM on a daily basis, while a few even operate 24 hours. 179 Kopitiam possesses stalls serving a large variety of typical Singaporean dishes like fish soup, porridge, char siew noodle, economical rice, fried kuay tiao, chicken rice, and even Halal food like roti prata and putu mayam.
One famous stall is the bee hoon stall, or more commonly referred to as "ah lian bee hoon" due to the demeanor of a female worker there. One can expect a long queue to form at that stall during lunchtime peak hours. The drinks stall also serves traditional half boiled eggs after breakfast hours at anytime of the day. Or night. It is great having a close to 24 hours coffee shop around if you happen to live in or frequent the west side of Singapore. Not only is it convenient if a late-night supper or hunger pang strikes, 179 Kopitiam also serves to bring an eclectic blend of cheap, local food under a small roof.
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I would rather a food court
I live in this area, and this is the only coffee shop around. So naturally I am forced to come here for convenient food. Why I use such words as "forced" is because the food here is neither nice nor worth the money. Take for example, the fish soup. They charge around 4 dollars for it, yet use less ingredients than, say, at a food court where it is probably around the same price.
The food here doesn't even taste nice. I've tasted the roti prata, fish soup, chicken rice, chee cheong fun and others. I would rather go to a food court, because not only is the price similar, they have better tasting food. Oh, and the hygiene. Here, they have pails of dirty plates around, and I often see leftover food around. Also, it gets very crowded. It is also intolerably hot sometimes.
You are probably better off just going to Jurong Point.
Best for Late Night Pangs
As the overview suggests, this eatery's selling point is the fact that it is open till late night, and that the food is affordable. I typically come here after hanging out with my friends who live in the area, and we when we want something more filling (and let's face it, more bang for buck) than 7-11's quick bites.
After having sampled the roti prata, chicken rice, bee hoon (with very crispy and succulent fried chicken, by the way!), I'd have to say that the food there is, in one word, 'meh'. It's not bad, but it's not good either. There's nothing special to rave about excitedly to friends, and nothing to keep patrons coming back for more.
Perhaps I am contradicting myself here, for raving about the fried chicken amongst the 'meh' food, but I believe that just strengthens my case: If the only thing I can honestly praise after eating there a number of times is a side dish, then the hawkers there have seriously got to up their game.
For all I know, though, the quality of the food may have dropped considerably because I only visit it at night, it could be better during the day, but shouldn't quality be constant anyway?