Sunday, June 15, 2014

Finally Trying Butter Kopi in Singapore

Butter Kopi

Yes, that's butter floating in a cup of local Singaporean coffee. I'd heard of this peculiar thing a few years ago, but it didn't seem to be very common from what I could see. We finally came across it this morning here at Tong Ah (the new spot at 35 Keong Siak Road across the street, not the old location at the intersection), and I was glad to finally get a chance to try it.

It tasted more of coffee than of butter, and if you think about it, it's really not that hard to make. One could in fact simply just take some of the butter from the accompanying kaya toast and put it in. If I read the history correctly, this was done many years ago when butter was a prized item, so having it as a topping for your coffee was a bit of a luxury. Interesting.


Unknown said...

There is a new thing called Bulletproof Coffee (don't ask me why) where you add butter and coconut oil to your morning cuppa, then whiz it up in a blender. The added fat is supposed to supercharge your brain. Also it's supposed to keep you from being hungry for several hours, so some people use it as a breakfast substitute and claim to have lost a lot weight that way.

Unknown said...

isn't singapore coffee roasted with margarine (I don't think it is butter...also I think they roast with sugar)? There is an old school coffee roaster on Ballestier Road and the beans there look glossy and they gummed up my coffee grinder. Maybe in this case they simply used too much margarine?