Collab between Tenderfresh and Kimly
The massive eatery at Blk 380 Clementi Ave 5, a short walk from Clementi MRT station, opened today (Dec 28) just in time for the start of Phase 3 after a brief renovation delay. It seats about 204 pax, with safe distancing, at its indoor and al-fresco areas. The kopitiam is a partnership between the folks behind homegrown chain Tenderfresh and coffee shop operator Kimly.
The kopitiam is modelled after the Tenderfresh’s hipsterish Tenderbest Makcik Market at Bedok Point. Instead of gaudy plastic furniture, customers dine on wooden tables and industrial metal chairs.
Not just a kopitiam for aunties and uncles
The al-fresco area is decorated with millennial-approved strings of fairy lights.
Filling a market niche for halal hawker fare
Kedai Kopi’s space was acquired by Kimly’s subsidiary, which teamed up with Tenderfresh — a company with experience in running halal concepts — to cater to the Muslim market. Tenderfresh’s founder Jimmy Soh (pictured), 62, reckons that his latest venture is an “opportunity” to address a growing demand for wallet-friendly halal hawker food. “We have gotten a lot of feedback from our Muslim friends, especially during the Circuit Breaker period, about how there were not much options for them to dine out in their neighbourhoods. Most halal stalls were serving similar food,” he tells
8days.sg. The kopitiam’s stalls are in the process of applying for their halal certification.
Nine stalls here
There are nine stalls at Kedai Kopi, each offering a different concept. Six of ’em are operated by
Tenderfresh. There’s its namesake stall, which serves Western fare like roasted spring chicken, and its mod zi char eatery Hawkerman Street Kitchen, which has typically non-halal dishes that are now pork and lard-free, like hokkien mee and char kway teow. It also operates 380 Nasi Lemak, a hawker offshoot of the defunct West Coast nasi lemak restaurant Nasi Coco, and Mee Bagus, a new concept selling bak chor mee-style mie ayam (which replaces pork with chicken). There’s Banana Grill, which specialises in barbecued seafood served on banana leaves. Here’s what to expect for the stalls, below:
Mee Bagus is the halal version of
Gimee Face, a new pork bak chor mee chain that’s co-owned by Tenderfresh’s COO Kelvin Chua and Bakerzin founder Daniel Tay. The menu and food presentation are almost identical, except that pork is swapped for chicken, and the noodles are not served with vinegar (a condiment that Tenderfresh COO Kelvin says is not as popular with his Muslim customers).
Mee Bagus, $3.50
Mie ayam-style noodles with mee pok, minced chicken and chicken meatballs, tossed in a house-made chicken oil dressing.
Kedai Kopi drinks stall
Occupying almost one whole side of the kopitiam is Kedai Kopi, the coffee shop’s drinks stall that serves classic beverages like coffee and tea, plus breakfast toast sets with onsen eggs in chilled soy broth (instead of the usual soft-boiled eggs).
Ohayo Set, $2
Ohayo Set ($2) comes with your choice of a hot drink and onsen egg, and you can add a la carte toast in four flavours like Kaya & Butter, and Peanut Butter ($0.90 each).
Bandung Grenade, $3.90
This cute drink comes in a
Yakult-shaped bottle, which contains a grape Yakult and bandung (milk-infused rose syrup) concoction.
Milo Tower, $12
Instead of beer, Kedai Kopi has
Milo, Teh or Kopi Towers ($12 each), where you get two litres of your drink of choice to share with your kakis.
Mr Teh Tarik
Popular prata chain Mr Teh Tarik is a tenant here. It serves its well-known repertoire of pratas (from $1.10 for a plain prata), Indian rojak, nasi biryani and roti john (see below).
Ham & Cheese Big John, $9.50
Istimewa Nasi Padang
Another tenant is Istimewa Nasi Padang, which sells nasi padang sets from $5. It’s currently run by second-gen owners, husband-and-wife Abdul Hadi bin Kamarolzaman, 43, and Noor Afiza bte Mohd Ali, 42 (pictured with their daughter, who helps out at the stall). The couple also has another outlet at Bukit Merah, and a flagship eatery at 28 Hoy Fatt Road that was opened by Abdul’s father 35 years ago.
Nasi Ambeng, $35 for two pax/ $55 for four pax
Istimewa Nasi Padang also serves fancy nasi ambeng with 11 side dishes. This includes beef rendang, beef lung, house-made
bergedil, salted fish and house-made serundeng (spicy shredded coconut).
Rounding up Kedai Kopi’s three external tenanted stalls is Joy Satay, which is owned by young hawker Wilson Lim, 27, who also has a stall called Le Satay at a
Taman Jurong kopitiam.
Satay, $0.70 a stick
While Le Satay sells pork satay, Joy Satay sells only
beef, mutton and chicken skewers ($0.70 a stick), along with a la carte Ketupat ($0.80 each), BBQ Prawn ($2 a stick) and Rojak (from $3 a plate) with cuttlefish, youtiao and century eggs.
If you like rice, this is the stall for you. It has 14 kinds of rice sets including
Salted Egg Chicken Rice ($5.50), which you can order along with sides like Sambal Stingray (from $13 for regular), Curry Fish Head ($24) and Furong Omelette ($6).
Banana Leaf Seafood Fried Rice, $9.90 (feeds two)
But its signature is the Seafood Fried Rice, which is served on a banana leaf.
Sambal Stingray, $13 (Regular)/ $19 (Large)
380 Nasi Lemak
Named after the HDB block which Kedai Kopi is located in, this stall specialises in nasi lemak sets from
$3.50 for a har jeong gai Shrimp Paste Chicken Set.
Mak Spicy Chicken Cutlet Set, $3.70
Does Mak Spicy sounds familiar when rolled off your tongue? This dish is inspired by a particular fast food chain’s popular burger with a spicy fried chicken patty.
Hawkerman Street Kitchen
Hawkerman has a small menu comprising just five dishes:
Hokkien Mee (from $4), Char Kway Teow (from $4.50), Crispy Oyster Omelette (from $4.50), Lala Hokkien Mee ($6.50) and Black/White Fried Carrot Cake ($3-$5).
Hokkien Mee, $4 (regular)/ $7 (large)
Like all Tenderfresh eateries, this stall offers an extensive chicken selection, including
Fresh Fried Broiler (from $2.80 for one piece). It also serves a Lamb Chop (from $11.90) and Fish & Chips ($8.90). There’s also roast chicken (see below).
Roasted Whole Spring Chicken, $14.90
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