A Fusion of Nostalgia and Modern Delights in Ang Mo Kio
Some remain rustic and nostalgic, while others sport a snazzier ambience with vibrant and modern fixtures.
In the case of Lian Wah Kopitiam at Ang Mo Kio, the 77-year-old brand has managed to find the sweet spot for both styles.
After operating for 45 years at Ang Mo Kio, the coffee shop reopened on May 7 sporting a new look that marries classic kopitiam fixtures, such as plastic chairs and white tiled walls, with some modern touches, including a flashy sign illuminated by light bulbs, brightly coloured tiles and wooden trimmings.
The most interesting addition to the kopitiam is the introduction of craft beer taps. Operated by Get Some, a beer bistro located in Clementi, there will be 10 different brews on tap from local and international breweries.
Beers range from light lager to bold IPA and dark stouts, which means there's a beer to suit every taste and preference. The craft beers will be rotated to ensure there is always something new for diners to try.
Besides the thirst-quenching craft beer, the coffee shop also features a myriad of food vendors.
Tuck into classic coffee-shop favourites such as economic bee hoon from 133 Bee Hoon and Nasi Lemak, decadent roast meats from Hong Mon Roasted Delights, and economical rice from Jiawei Mixed Vegetable Rice and Porridge, where customers can scoop out their own porridge.
Hotpot fans will also want to try out 8889 Chicken Pot, which serves a unique and hearty herbal-style chicken hotpot that uses fresh kampung chicken as the main ingredient.
Some established brands have also set up shop at the Ang Mo Kio kopitiam, including Heng Heng Herbal Soup, known for its nourishing broths, and Five Star Dim Sum, which serves affordable, restaurant-quality dim sum.
Lian Wah Kopitiam
133 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3