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Singapore Coffeeshop Lingos

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Thought I would do this sometime… Think most of us are quite curious about what some coffeeshop lingos when we hear the coffee boys or ladies shout our orders in a different language in a neighbourhood coffeeshop. Here is a list that I’ve came across and compiled for your reference! 😉

 COMMONLY USED LINGOS:

  1. Kopi – Coffee
  2. Teh – Tea
  3. Kopi O/Teh O – No evaporated and condensed milk.
  4. Kopi C/Teh C – With evaporated milk added. Usually the sweetness from the usual condensed milk is replaced by sugar.
  5. Kosong (Means ’empty’ in Melayu) – Refers to nothing added to the beverage say kopi, teh, milio, horlicks, etc.
  6. Siew Dai (Less Sugar) – Usually they will put half the usual amount of sweetness. Usually used with the name of the beverage in front; Kopi Siew Dai, Teh C Siew Dai, etc.
  7. Kar Dai (More Sugar) – Usually one more teaspoon of sugar or condensed milk added.
  8. Nai Long – Condensed milk with hot water. This was the milk replacement for our grandparents when they do not have access to fresh milk in the old days.
  9. Diao Heu (Means ‘fishing’ in Hokkien) – Refers Chinese tea bag with hot water. Usually Oolong tea.
  10. Tak Kiu (Means ‘play soccer’ in Hokkien) – Refers Milo drink. Can be used with O, Siew Dai or Kar Dai. Lingo came about from the soccer image on milo tins.
  11. Sua (Pronounced as ‘Swa’) – Refers to double order. So if you have 2 people ordering the same thing, use it behind the beverage name. For eg., Kopi Sua, Teh Sua.
  12. Dinosaur – Not in the usual coffeeshop but usually at muslim and indian eateries where pratas and mee gorengs are sold. Used for Milo and Horlicks only and it refers to having more milo or horlicks powder sprinkled on top of the iced milo or horlicks. Super sinful…

UNCOMMONLY USED LINGOS (BUT CATCHING ON):

  1. Clementi (Name of a town in SG) – Refers to Ice Lemon Tea. Lingo came about cos it sounds like it.
  2. Tio Huay Sio (Means ‘caught fire’ in Hokkien) – Refers to Hot Chrysanthemum drink. Dunno how this term came about though…
  3. Si Geena (Means ‘dreadful kids’) – Refers to Ribena drink. According to a friend, the term came about probably due to advertisement with kids jumping around in it… Geez…

Will update more if I come across more of these lingos. Stay tune! 🙂

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泉记熟食Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee @ 105 Hougang Avenue 1

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Tried this stall a few times already and I think they should be featured. Reason is they observe the basic rules of frying hokkien mee or char kway teow… which is they double fry the kway teow or noodles. That means they fry the first round, keep the whole lot aside then fry again for the individual plates. Secondly, they make the belachan chilli themselves… and it’s not your regular dark red sambal belchan… it’s the traditional light coloured type. Blends very well to the taste of the noodles! I like! Thirdly, for a Grade A(Super clean and hygenic) stall, the noodles taste really good.

The stall is on the right, hidden in between a small walkway... very very bad location... but the food is good!
$3.00 a plate... portioning is pretty good... presentation not nice but taste is really good.
Very nice belachan chilli... mix it up in your noodles, it'll bring up the taste! Love it!

Rating: 4.5/5. Would have been a 5 but the couple doesn’t smile at all… Been there 3-4 times… but same face… ;P

Taste: Very good. It’s the broth that makes the difference. Broth fry together with the egg and noodles, then mix with the specially made chilli, heaven! They have Char Kway Teow also but not as good as this. That’s why specialty stalls still the best.

Portion: Slightly above average.

Price: $3, $4 or $5.

RTE: Yup! Many times already!

Location: 105 Hougang Avenue 1, #02-37. Come out from lift, turn left.

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Sims Place Market Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

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Chanced upon this old couple selling Fried Kway Teow & Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee while I was at Sim Place Market the other day. This place is at Blk 49 Sims Place, unit #01-26 and it’s my regular haunt. Loads of good food here and I will feature them one by one whenever I can.

The stall is very clean although it’s only Grade B… but I prefer Grade B stalls cos usually taste better than Grade A ones.. haha… So I ordered a plate of Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee for $3 a plate.

Serves a lot of regulars which spark my curiosity to try this stall
Quite a big plate
Close up...

Rating: 4/5

Taste: Sambal is very nicely fried. They use the thinner version of the Chor Bee Hoon which I like cos it absorbs the prawn broth nicely. Not very salty but just nice. You can tell they have been putting a lot of work in the broth for frying. If only it is fried a little longer with a little more broth, I believe the taste will be a lot better.

Portion: For $3, the portion is good. Ingredients are substantial and most importantly, there were 3 medium sized prawns and they are whole prawns unlike some other stalls they halved their prawns and prolly give you only 3 halves.

RTE: Definitely. Must support the old couple lah. They are like 60+ already still doing hawker. Will try the Char Kway Teow soon and put here. 🙂