A few days ago a friend and I were driving around SS2 looking for a place for tea break and noticed a new establishment called Hainan Tea (previously Leo’s Cafe). We took a quick glance at the menu and found some interesting stuff so we decided to give it a try. Plus, the outlet looked pretty cool and cozy.
Although it’s still kinda refreshing albeit weird to see Chee Cheong Fun sold in kopitiam, it is not something new for Hainanese ones. You would have probably seen it before at Hainan Tea Station in Lowyat Plaza.
The Hainan Cheong Fun @ RM3.50 had an appetizing golden-brown appearance largely attributed to the mix of sweet sauce and peanut butter. Honestly I was very skeptical about the taste at first but surprisingly (and luckily) it turned out to be quite OK. Don’t expect silky, openable rice rolls though because they were tightly sealed and lumpy.
Hainan Tea with gula melaka @ RM4.80 (recommended) and Hainan Cham @ RM3.90.
BBQ Chicken Cheong Fun @ RM6.90, basically some steamed rice rolls sandwiched with chicken meat. It was pretty bland tasting, which could be improved by simply increasing the BBQ gravy that comes together.
I bet this is something new for most of you, Toasted Hainan Skin. It can be ordered with various toppings like kaya (RM2.70), tuna mayo (RM3.30) and mayo egg. The crunchiness is enjoyable but do note that hints of bitterness are present because they are actually just bread crusts.
Brown Twister with Kaya @ RM3.20, basically a rolled up version of the normal toasts, quite fancy so worth a try. We also had the Hainan Brown Toast 3 Layer @ RM3.80 (no picture, sorry) which comes with generous spread of kaya, butter and peanut butter. For me, there’s nothing not to be liked about it.
Frankly, chicken rice would be the last thing I would order from a kopitiam franchise. But I had no choice since they ran out of curry mutton that day. As expected the Hainan Roasted Chicken Rice @ RM7.50 wasn’t great, mainly due to the low grade of rice used. The roast chicken was quite salty too.
Overall Hainan Tea is one of the better newcomers in this franchise kopitiam madness that seems to be still going strong. The variety of toasts and drinks here is good, taste nice as well so I am definitely keeping it as a yam cha place.
Since Murni mamak is only a few doors away, Hainan Tea has cleverly sneaked in Ribena Lychee into their drinks menu. The reason they do this should be very clear hehe. As for serious meals they are still not quite there yet if judging from the chicken rice alone. But I am eager to try their nasi lemak rendang and curry mutton in my future visits.
No 61-9, Ground Floor,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
GPS Coordinates: N3 07.243 E101 37.294