Monday, June 13, 2022

Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee, Amoy Street Food Centre

Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee, toast & coffee

I've heard of Ah Seng (#02-95 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road) for a while. It's mostly repeating gushing over their charcoal grilled toasts and pretty much nothing else because everyone doesn't know what else to write.

Tried it - no big deal. The tiny charcoal grill in the corner isn't big; the stall didn't have the space nor ventilation to accommodate anything larger so service can be slow. Nothing particularly outstanding came out of the charcoal grilled bread. Their green kaya was unexpectedly coconut-y. Coffee tasted like the ones you can get at Han's. Will probably not come back for coffee.

Further thoughts? I didn't think a commercial chain like Ya Kun or Toast Box is inferior to a "traditional" shop like Ah Seng. There's no discernible difference in the flavour of their toast. Both Ya Kun/Toast Box generally has more butter and kaya. Speaking of butter, I didn't understand why the proprietors at the stall needed to justify their cost because they used butter instead of Planta and that their charcoal was $76 a bag. They sounded defensive for some reasons. I was just there to get coffee and toast and it's not like I was complaining about the prices.

Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee, Amoy Street Food Centre

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