Singapore local coffee is a must try when you’re a coffee drinker. You cannot just leave Singapore without trying. It is part of their culture, even how the country have evolved to become to what it is today, they still maintain this kopi tradition.
Despite I work here for many years, I just had the interest last year to learn how to order my coffee in kopitiam or hawker centre like a local. I struggled for years how to translate my order. Let’s face it not all aunties/uncles can understand when you order your coffee in english so that’s where my struggle kicks in. Most of the time, I ended not getting the coffee that I wanted. But sometimes, I got lucky that some stranger is so helpful and do the translation for me.
Fast forward to today (ahem!) I can now order like a local. Here’s the ultimate guide how to order your coffee from kopitiam like a pro. But, before that, you also need to be familiar with few local terms.
|Xiu Dai||Less sugar|
|O||Black with sugar|
|C||Use Evaporated milk & sugar instead of condensed milk|
|Siew Dai||Less sweet|
|Gah Dai||Extra condensed milk|
|Kopi Ta Bao||Takeaway coffee|
Here are the list of local coffee choices and its meaning.
|Kopi||Coffee with condensed milk|
|Kopi Gau||Strong coffee with condensed milk|
|Kopi Peng||Coffee with condensed milk and ice|
|Kopi O Siew Dai||Coffee with less sugar|
|Kopi Siew Dai||Coffee with condensed milk and less sugar|
|Kopi C||Coffee with evaporated milk and sugar
(the C stands for Carnation)
|Kopi O||Coffee with sugar|
|Kopi O Peng||Coffee with sugar and ice|
|Kopi O Gau||Strong black coffee with sugar|
|Kopi O Po||Coffee with sugar but weaker, more water added|
|Kopi Po||A weaker coffee with condensed milk|
|Kopi Kosong||black coffee or long black no sugar and milk|
|Kopi Kosong Peng||black coffee or long black no sugar and milk with ice|
|Kopi Gah Dai||Black coffee with extra condensed milk|
You are now fully equipped to order your next kopi with confidence.
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