Thursday, July 18, 2013

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe: A Day in the Life of a Kopi-Kia

Want a peek behind the scenes of Good Morning Nanyang Cafe? Good old school coffee/tea, wonderful kaya toast (with a few twists like ciabatta! see older post with the food pics) and perfectly runny eggs - simply soulful breakfasts at a cosy location right in the middle of the city. It's Time Magazine's one of 24 Best Kept Secrets in the World.

See how owner Byron Shoh and his team kick off the day from 7am - I have a photo story (16 pics) on Yahoo Makanation and Makansutra. 

What's not in the photos is our little training session (thanks, Byron, for the experience!). My buddy LeRoy and I had a chance to briefly apprentice one Saturday morning. We got to try our hand at making the coffee and tea, preparing the toast and seeing how eggs and kaya are done.

We had fun learning and trying to "pull" the tea in the big pots. The coffee's a bit heavy, so we just stir to get mixture to an even consistency.

LeRoy can go pro already!

Easy does it...

It's really boiling hot. I'm usually clumsy but luckily no fingers were hurt in the production of these photos.

All that mixing gets you a nice, frothy cup of tea.

There's even some tricks and tips in slicing the thin toast and spreading big gobs of butter and kaya on them. See the photo essay for more.

Of course, this is the best part. Yum yum!

The kaya is truly the highlight here - beautifully eggy, well-textured and fragrant. Made fresh on the spot every day. More than 50 eggs go into each batch!

Try it with various kinds of bread - regulars love the orange peel ciabatta!

Oh they make some really good curry chicken and chicken stew too, for lunch. Must come back for this.

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe is around the side of the Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre at 20 Upper Pickering Street, #01-01, Singapore, Singapore 058284. It's right in front of the new PARKROYAL at Pickering.

Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

It has branches (with different operating days/hours, see Facebook links) at

Pagoda Street:
75 Pagoda Street, Singapore, Singapore 059234

The Grandstand:
#01-34A, 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand, Singapore 287994

Far East Plaza:
14 Scotts Road, #02-23 Far East Plaza, Singapore, Singapore 228213



  1. Woohoo! Way to go Hungrycow! Very pro...maybe you and Cath can prepare us some perfect eggs one day?

    1. Yes! We have the secret recipe! No sous vide machine needed! hahaha!

  2. Thanks for dropping by Catherine, Leroy!

    1. Thanks for coaching us and letting us play masak-masak, Byron!

  3. Thanks for dropping by Catherine, Leroy!

  4. Will definitely visit this coffee place soon!!!

  5. Hi is the kaya supposed to have a scramble egg like texture of smooth like the other kaya toast shops?

    1. Yes, it has that gorgeous texture you just described! I like it better than the smooth variety.

  6. The outlet at Sembawang Shopping Centre has closed. I'll be v angry if it was because SSC up-ed the rent. Now I have no idea where to find my weekend kopi and toast.


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