Hai Peng, Kemaman.

So following my Perth reviews, let’s start with something more closer to home. Home as in Malaysia since I’m going to start on places beyond Klang Valley. Hehe.

Cherating Beach

our project in Kuantan has recently commenced and I find myself making more and more day trips there. so far, haven’t found anything very exciting food wise (any recommendations??) and find that things are a tad slower there but it’s all good due to the vicinity of the beaches! Hehe.

Not sure what to do on a Saturday morning, we decided to drive the stretch of beach road, past all those lekor stalls to Chukai in Kemaman for the “famous” coffee. We actually got caught in a procession for the Maulidur Rasul celebration but after a bit of a crawl in the diverted traffic, we finally found ourselves at Kedai Kopi Hai Peng.

The shop was packed with many watching the procession which was going pass the shop. But turnover was relatively quick too so we managed to snag a table to plonk ourselves down. while waiting for the food, kept myself busy looking at all the decorations. reminds me of yut kee, with all the yesteryears’ memorabilia.

the kopi. smooth and smokey, but probably not the best I have had. don’t get me wrong, but i felt like the coffee lacked a certain oomph. the fragrance was so inviting to begin with. and i think so many people swear by it that i have had quite a bit of expectation. still, it was good enough for me to buy the pre-packed sachets home for friends & relatives.

but the ice-blended coffee is something. more intense and aromatic. and comes with ice cream, a love letter (the biscuit, not a real letter!) and even whipped cream!

Pre-packed nasi lemak from the kuih table. the sambal was quite good and went well with the rice.

Pre-packed nasi dagang. The rice was fragrant and creamy. Fish was a bit tough though. The gravy is placed in a separate container at the kuih table. Other kuihs I spotted included the ketayap, seri muka, onde-onde etc…

the roti bakar. The kaya was quite creamy and fragrant. the bread is a tad more doughy and heavier than the fluffy types we’re used to. But i like it, gives the bread a bite somehow.

A twist to the normal roti kahwin is this peanut butter and banana version. To make it truly decadent, a bit of nutella? Haha. But this tasted pretty good, but we had some where the bananas were overripe and ended up being quite messy.

The toasted buns. You can opt to have the conventional butter & kaya or even the peanut butter & banana filling. Crispy crust and pillow soft inside.

The french toast was nothing to shout about honestly. Normal bread was used and instead of honey or maple syrup, some homemade kaya was given with a small pack of butter.

Personally, the food’s not the main driving factor for me to return even if it’s one of the more notable food stops along the east coast drive. I enjoy the drive and the sights more, and the experience of dining with the locals and other eager tourists here. And oh, stuffing my face with chilli keropok and Mok Su’s satar during the drive. Hehe.

Kedai Kopi Hai Peng
3753, Jalan Sulaimani
24000, Kemaman,

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  1. J said

    I love those little white cups. Adds the extra yummy flavour of nostalgia into the coffee. 🙂

    (Love that shot of the sky+beach! Lovely….)

  2. J2Kfm said

    I would imagine it’s the authenticity instead? True, I’ve been to several Hainanese kopitiams around Perak, and found that I’m such an addict to white coffee, other roasted (over-roasted with sugar) coffee tasted bitter, even slightly sour for its own good.

  3. you found the most popular kopitiam in the East Coast!!!

  4. gina said

    I think I had the vietnamese coffee while I was there. The drip coffee. It was quite good.

  5. Kian Seng Ng said

    This is awesome! I gotta try Hai Peng’s Nasi Dagang!

    Good Nasi Dagang comes with Kari Ikan Tongkol (tuna curry), which has a firmer flesh than mackeral or sardines. It is this unique curry and fragrant glutinous rice which makes this a fantastic meal anytime of the day! It’s my all time favorite! Can’t wait to try!

    Great post, epicuriousgirl!

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