It has literally been years since a restaurant serving Singaporean favorites opened up in Cubao’s Araneta Center. I mentioned in a blog entry from years back that a Singaporean joint once existed at Shopwise (formerly the Fiesta Carnival), where I had my first taste of kaya toast from the Little Red Dot. Sadly, this place closed down around 2013 and a branch of PSBank took its place. It would not be until around late 2019 that another restaurant that offered Asian favorites from Singapore, Malaysia, and beyond would open: Kopi Chan Asian Eatery.
Kopi Chan is part of the restaurants under the aegis of the Red Crab Group—which includes Crustasia, Red Crab Alimango House, and Blackbeard’s Seafood Island. Incidentally, Kopi Chan took over the spot of the former Blackbeard’s Seafood Island at Shopwise in Cubao. During its initial run, Kopi Chan had limited operating hours from around 10 in the morning until late at night. Eventually, the joint announced that it would be operating 24/7; this meant that familiar Asian favorites are now available any time! I usually started my day at Kopi Chan to try out their different specialties early in their 24/7 run – some of which are featured in this entry. Stopping by the joint in the morning and having breakfast for an hour became frequent for me as they had budget Asian meals with free-flowing coffee.
My last trip here was way back in February before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Unfortunately, the announcement of the enhanced community quarantine last March cut Kopi Chan’s operations short—forcing them to close this location and exclusively offer their Asian specialties via food delivery. I have no idea when their operations will resume, but things will never be the same in this new normal.
I was only able to take pictures of the food I tried out, but not the interiors as I find it hard to do so when a lot of diners are present. Originally, I was planning to return there when the quarantine measures are lifted for additional images, but I guess it will no longer be possible so I’ll just settle for these.
Brewed Coffee with Condensed Milk (P100): This comes free with most of their breakfast meals. Not really memorable, as it tasted rather charred – unless you add the condensed milk in.
They were aiming for Vietnamese-style coffee with the use of condensed milk, but methinks it was more akin to the Singaporean “kopi” taste.
Fried Kaya Buns (P88): Basically fried mantou buns with kaya custard. For something that’s a dessert, I found the lack of kaya disappointing.
Rendang Egg (P48/solo): Hard-boiled egg in rendang curry, topped with cilantro. I liked how the rendang curry’s savory taste with hints of coconut made the simple hard-boiled egg more appetizing!
Stir Fried Mixed Mushrooms (P178/solo): Deep-fried shiitake and enoki mushrooms quickly cooked in a five-spice sauce. Highly recommended as a vegan option!
Alternatively, they serve the sauce separately – which makes for more crispy mushrooms.
Nasi Goreng (P138/solo): Kopi Chan’s take on the Malaysian favorite does not disappoint. Fried rice cooked in nutty sambal sauce, with peanuts and bean sprouts and topped with a fried sunny-side-up egg.
Salt and Pepper Squid (top left, P268/solo), Rendang Egg, and Garlic Rice (P78/solo): A pretty substantial breakfast. The squid was flavorful and cooked just right, perfectly jiving with the egg and rice.
Kiksilog (P128): This meal was part of their All-Day Asian Breakfast options. Slices of ngo hiang (kikiam in Filipino) were paired off with vegetable fried rice and gravy egg (similar to the rendang egg, but with gravy usually served with fried chicken.) Very filling for its price!
Beef Rendang with Boiled Egg Nasi Lemak (P245): The most expensive of the Nasi Lemak breakfast specials. Aside from the usual nasi lemak components (rice, sambal, anchovies, peanuts, fried garlic, and cucumber) – the beef rendang was very flavorful, with the coconut and spices standing out!
Meat Loaf with Sunny Side Up Egg Nasi Lemak (P165): Same as the nasi lemak, but the protein is replaced with two slices of luncheon meat. This is the cheapest among the Nasi Lemak breakfast set choices.
Shrimp Paste Pork Ribs with Sunny Side Up Egg Nasi Lemak (P215): The only comment I have with this one would be that the pork ribs were rather tough. Just improve on that and all is well for this one.
Salted Egg Pao (P98): Small steamed buns filled with salted egg (golden lava) custard. This one was a better option for dessert, and the salted egg custard tempered the sweetness down!
Check out Kopi Chan Asian Eatery’s Facebook page and Instagram profile. Until the next review, bon appetit and stay safe!
Kopi Chan Asian Eatery
2831, L/G Shopwise Arcade
Araneta Center, Cubao
Quezon City 1109