Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai – Late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew’s Favorite Coffeeshop

Last trip back to Penang was pretty a fruitful trip for food hunting. I was craving for old school gourmet coffee. Hokkien lang call it KOPI O! In KL all the mamak coffee are very diluted and more milk taste than the coffee. No matter how bad Penang’s kopi O, it still pawns the KL ones.

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See how much coffee powder people put and those coffee drips from the filter? Penang folks said if the coffee drip doesn’t stick on the cup/glass it is consider diluted. Must TEOW AU (stick on the cup). I go and pick up the coffee filter and i think that easily come close to 500 grams in weight.

I was having a chit chat with Uncle Liew from Hong Yap Trading where Big Boys Oven held their class. Truly a Penang person I really respect him. Both of us can really talk when coming to food. I ask him about those famous kopitiam (coffeeshop) my grandfather’s time. They are so good where they roast their coffee beans at the back and in front where you can order a cup of fresh brewed kopi O. But most of them were closed due to the booming modernize cafe like Old Town White Coffee and mamak stalls.

Uncle reminds me of a place where I intended to visit in my hit list. This place is very run down and located in a pre war building.

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Located a stone throw away from the Campbell Street and Penang Road T Junction, the kopitiam is called Kong Thai Lai Coffeeshop. Uncle Liew told me after all those kopitiam closed, only left this shop serve the best Kopi O and also there are a history behind this kopitiam.

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Myself, Sidney and CK Lam pay them a visit for a sip of the coffee. They are about to close shop when we reach there around 3.45pm. There are no nice deco, no music and just plain furnitures in the shop. From the picture above you may notice why all the wooden tables and all of sudden a round table in the center. This is of the collectible which this owner refuse to sell to the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew (The Founder of Honda Malaysia).

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Late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew’s Regular Seat and Table according to the kopitiam owner

Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew was a regular here and his favorite table were the first table when you enter the shop. He has his personalized own cup there from the story told by Uncle Liew but we didn’t request for it when we were there since people about to close shop.


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The marble table which the owner refuse to sell to late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew

We were sitting on that table and waiting for ideas/tips/imaginations on how to get idea of getting rich. But end up nothing. hahaha ….. all we got is each of us a glass of Kopi O Peng (Ice Black Coffee).

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The Kopi O Peng (RM0.90 each)

For a non coffee drinker like Sidney, he even say this coffee taste really good. The aroma from the coffee beans were pretty strong when you sip the cold coffee. Without a doubt it is notable as one of the best Kopi O in Penang.

This kopitiam only serve toast bread with butter kaya mix and 1/2 boiled eggs. Nothing else besides this. No other hawker stall can be seen. This is what we call old school cafe! With the coffee alone, they can survive so long.

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Out Kaya Butter Toast and a cold glass of Kopi O Penang KOW! (KOW means extra strong)

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Old Clay Coffee Cups

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Manual Bread Toaster. This need skill!

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Mahjong Game Game To Kill Time or relax after a long day work

Place: Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai

Location : Hutton Lane near the T junction between Campbell Street and Penang Road
GPS Coordinate : N5 25.155 E100 19.887
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Business Hour : 7am to 4pm
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Food Type: Kaya Butter Toast
Price: RM0.90
Payment Terms : Cash
Cleanliness Votes : 2/5
Drink Votes : 4/5
Air Conditioned :No
Smoking and non smoking zone : No
Tax : None
Recommended Foods : Kaya Butter Toast and 1/2 Boiled Eggs

Recommended Drinks : Gourmet Coffee


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16 thoughts on “Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai – Late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew’s Favorite Coffeeshop

  1. ck lam

    Maybe we need to sit and drink there everyday like what our late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew did inorder to get ideals on how to be a millionaire. We spend one day only, tak cukup la…haha

    1. email2me Post author

      Hahaha ….. you scare ghost ka ….. if he really was there, must ask him how to dream a car brand out. Don’t know know Honda’s motto is “THE POWER OF DREAM”

    1. email2me Post author

      We are not to the standard to play with all these folks. They are so PRO! When you dump your first card out, they already know what card you are holding. =.=||

  2. lingzie

    i can’t take local kopi O…cos will get headache and become very ‘blur’. think the coffee too strong! lol
    but this one…must try!!


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