Thursday, March 03, 2005
Bukit Merah Cuppa
Every morning I pass by Bukit Merah hawker center & grab my cuppa along the way.
Mind you, it ain't gourmet coffee from the likes of Starbucks or Coffee Bean.
It's way better - coffee's cheap & strong & my local barrista can take any order I throw at him.
My favourite? Kopi si kosong - coffee with non-sweetened evaporated milk & no sugar.
When this caffeine whore first patronized the stall, I was both impressed & amused by the adeptness and meticulousness displayed by the uncle.
Unlike coffee shops that prepare a few gallons of coffee in a big metal dispenser and ultra-efficiently fill each cup under the tap, this stall retains the use of traditional methods of brewing.
His 2 essential tools of the trade: a kettle with a straight long spout & coffee strainers made of cloth.
With a deft jerk of the kettle, our dear uncle, focused & well-experienced, painstakingly fills each cup to the brim while mentally ticking off orders en masse.
"Kopi si siew tai!"
Have a cuppa today, it's only 60 cents after all.
Posted by This is Ed at 9:31 AM