Singapore’s Killiney Kopitiam opens in first US location, draws long lines
Californians can now get Singaporean kaya toast for US$5.49 (S$7.45) a pop.
It’s too early to say if kaya toast, soft boiled eggs and kopi will be the new breakfast of Silicon Valley champions, but it’s nice to know that Singapore food lovers all the way in California can now get their fix of Killiney Kopitiam fare.
The first US outpost of the beloved Singapore coffeeshop, whose history dates back to 1919, opened in Palo Alto about two weeks ago. And the cafe has been thronged with long lines, according to local media outlets such as Palo Alto Online.
According to their reports, the cafe, a franchise, is opened by Singaporean Amanda Toh Steckler, who previously lived in Palo Alto.
The Californian Killiney Kopitiam, located in what used to be an office-supply store, serves dishes including laksa, chicken rice, nasi lemak, char kway teow, mee siam and chicken curry, alongside the requisite kaya toast, eggs, coffee and tea.
But it also has menu items like “Garlic noodles: Egg noodles stir fried with garlic, butter and parmesan cheese” (US$9.99) and "Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry: Seasonal vegetable medley wok tossed in garlic sauce, served with jasmine rice” (US$10.99).
Kaya toast costs US$5.49, a kopi o kosong is US$3.49 and a laksa will set you back US$13.99.
Customers are encouraged to place their coffee orders the Singaporean way, with an illustrated chart explaining "kopi o", "kopi o kosong", "kopi o siew dai", and so on.
A post on website The Hungry Onion said that due to a high volume of orders, waiting time was up to 70 minutes.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the cafe is open only for takeaways.
According to Killiney Kopitiam’s official website, there are also Killiney locations in Australia, China, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.