When I was in Malaysia an Indian friend offer to me a coffee, It tasted really nice and kinda unique. I'm not sure if that coffee was unique from Malaysia or recipe from India. The store where I got those was just a regular hawker around Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

It looked something like this: enter image description here

I would be really happy if you recognize or know what I am describing.

  • Indian Filter Coffee is pretty much the only famous, unique coffee from India. It looks similar but with less milk or cream. Jul 8, 2013 at 19:28
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    That looks like en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_coffee, but although that's found in a lot of europe and all of the middle east I didn't think it went that far east.
    – vwiggins
    Jul 12, 2013 at 14:23
  • +1 for vwiggins guess of Turkish, but I think we'll need more information to make a solid guess. Any details you can add? Like, more specific than "nice and unique"? Or, if you saw it made (with what method) etc ...
    – hunter2
    Jul 19, 2013 at 8:02
  • @user1190992, I think that's pretty close guess. I'll have to find some shops that sells this locally to really find out.
    – Pennf0lio
    Jul 19, 2013 at 21:05
  • @vwiggins, the turkish coffee looks very thick or is just on the picture. Thanks though.
    – Pennf0lio
    Jul 19, 2013 at 21:06

3 Answers 3


There's a very specific coffee culture to singapore and malaysia with a ton of varients.

Lets start with the basics

This is a kopi o

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By default, any drink you order is hot. This is plain black coffee and any coffee order you make at a kopi tiam will likely be a varient on this.

You might note that its somewhat darker than your example I'd assume this means it has some condensed milk added to it. A quick google search suggested two varients.

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kopi 'c' - or coffee with (evaporated) milk

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kopi nai (with condensed milk and sugar) -

The former looks a bit too light, though exact mixes vary. Chances are its one of these.

That said, there's two distinct regional styles of roasting - typical coffee roasting is done with a hint of sugar and margarine, and roasted VERY dark. There's also a style called white coffee that just uses margarine that's supposed to be famous in ipoh.


the coffee which you pointed out is nanyang coffee,its actually traditional coffee in singapore

  • nanyang coffee might be the name of the store. Oct 25, 2015 at 14:11
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    "Nanyang" is "South [China] Sea" in Chinese, and the label is commonly used for all sorts of traditional but Chinese-influenced dishes in Singapore and Malaysia. Oct 26, 2022 at 5:26

This is "kampung coffee", or "kopi-o". The linked site says that it is roasted with margarine and sugar.

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