Singapore chain Killiney Kopitiam has set up shop in the United States. This year, despite the pandemic, a Killiney Kopitiam has appeared in tech-hub Palo Alto, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, the state of California (CA) logged more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. The weekly average as of now is over 3,000 cases daily. So understandably, eateries are only allowed to do takeaways at this time.
Despite that, Killiney Kopitiam saw brisk business upon its opening. According to The Hungry Onion, a food lovers community site, people waited for an average of 70 minutes per person.
Perhaps bolstered by the chance to try something completely foreign or bullied into queuing by homesick Singaporean friends, people swarmed into Killiney Kopitiam. Somebody had Kopi C for the first time instead of a latte and had a life-changing experience. Some Singaporean, after queuing for ages, no doubt balked when told at the check-out counter that their bowl of laksa will be $18.98 USD, thank you very much.
Because we as a people are obsessed about food, the Palo Alto Online’s page on Killiney Kopitiam has been inundated with dire warnings to not change the original recipes.
If you’re curious about what additions the Killiney Koptiam in CA has made to their menu to cater to Americans, consider these. Garlic Noodles at S$13.56, which sounds like Asian spaghetti aglio e olio, is egg noodles stir-fried with butter, garlic and parmensan cheese. For the vegetarians, there’s also Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry at S$14.92, fried in a wok with garlic sauce and served with jasmine rice. Mmm. I hope it includes kai lan. Honestly, as someone who tries to eat as little meat as I can, that would 100% work on me if I wanted to splurge on lunch.
Of course, the old favourites are also available. Namely, char kway teow, nasi lemak, chicken curry, chicken rice and mee siam. Craving for kaya toast and soft boiled eggs? That’ll be S$10.56 please.
My favourite part of the whole thing though, is how Killiney Kopitiam has put up a kopi chart so Americans know how to order the Singaporean way. After all, if we can call a large kopi o kosong in Starbucks a Venti Americano, why not?