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Kopitiam is not just a restaurant, it is a culture, it's a connection from home to Oxford 
 

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Kopitiam is a type of coffee shop mostly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand patronised for meals and beverages, and traditionally operated by the Chinese community of these countries. The word kopi is an Indonesian and Malay term for coffee and tiam is the Hokkien/Hakka term for shop. Menus typically feature simple offerings: a variety of foods based on egg, toast, kaya, plus coffee, tea Horlicks and Milo。 The sights and sounds that we are used to seeing in our neighbourhood coffee shops are part and parcel of the Malaysian experience. To a great extent, our memories and perceptions of the kopitiam are what make us Malaysian

Teh tarik -Malaysia's' national drink', is something that connect people from different races, cultures and religions

Teh tarik, or "pulled tea" in Malay, is commonly drunk in Southeast Asia, but it's the unofficial national drink of Malaysia, where it was invented. It's a relatively simple mixture of strong black tea, condensed milk and ample sugar, and if you wander through any Malaysian city at any time of day, you'll spot locals of all backgrounds crowded around plastic tables outdoors, sipping mugs of the mocha-coloured drink while chatting about anything and everything.

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"Coffee shop talk" is a phrase used to describe gossip because it is often a familiar sight at kopi tiams where a group of workers or senior citizens would linger over cups of coffee and exchange news and comments on various topics.  Topic could be " big" like national politics, office politics, global warming, or "small" like TV dramas, sports and food.

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“A simple, no frills place”

The one thing about coffee shops is that you can meet friends there while having really good food at reasonable prices. And you don’t need to dress up. It’s a simple, no frills place, but you get food that’s even better than some five-star restaurants. 

People who work in coffee shops are friendly too, especially if you visit the same place frequent enough. Where else can you find people who readily call you “lengzai” and “lenglui” (Cantonese for “handsome guy” and “pretty girl”).

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I hope you enjoy kopitiam , like we do... 

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