Chye Seng Foo Coffee Shop, Cheras

May 16, 2019

Fans of hearty comfort in hot bowls will find soulful heaps of rice and noodles to sustain them at this welcoming new Cheras cafe, reputedly adapted from recipes by one of its co-founders’ Grandma, thrust into modern times with a few Japanese twists.

Marinated pork meatballs, crisp to the bite and succulent to the chew, form the highlight of the steamed Japanese rice sweetened with juicy lychees and pineapples, enlivened with crunchy onions and cucumbers, rounded out with a fried egg for flowing creaminess (RM15).
Egg noodles promise a premium firmness, packed with tender chunks of mildly curried chicken, plus the fluttery lightness of bonito flakes, for a satisfying meal that bears both savoury and sweet subtleties (RM15).

Desserts are determinedly more contemporary-cafe than classic-kopitiam, but even Por Por would probably approve of these pretty-on-plate pleasures. The matcha chiffon cake (RM14) is perfect for patrons who prefer less-sugary treats, prepared with pure Shizuoka matcha powder, while the Valrhona chocolate mousse cake (RM18) too is easy to enjoy, not as cloying as some chocolate cakes; both come with a selection of fruits that might comprise kiwi, star fruits, oranges, grapes and blueberries.

The coffee is as capably executed as any within a 15-minute drive; add RM2.50 to use oat milk for the latte (RM12). 

Chye Seng Foo Coffee Shop

268 Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Open Friday-Tuesday, 9am-1030pm.

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