The newly opened Chang Jiang White Coffee Cafe off Jalan Gopeng brings us back to the olden days. Marbled table tops, giant mirrors and old fashioned panel windows reminisce the typical kopitiam, but at the same time, the cafe is demurely fashionable with Tiffany blue chairs and pink window frames.
The cafe is more than appearance of looking old as there is indeed history with Chang Jiang White Coffee – whereby the Kong family came from China 3 generations ago, landed in Ipoh and started off their business with wantan mee and white coffee.
The old machines that once roasted coffee are displayed at the cafe garden, now serving as only memorabilia as coffee is no longer manually roasted and the task has been overtaken by modern machines.
This particular registration form caught my attention as it says “Republic of China Overseas Chinese Registration Form” – Republic of China (Taiwan) being where I am from. The registration form was issued in the 1920’s so that’s almost a century old.
This was how business was done in the old days – where rice was purchased by merchants that hold a license.
I had two coffees – the white coffee with milk ( RM 4.20) had a strong scent of charcoal while the white coffee (kosong) (RM 3.50) had an even more powerful charred scent and strangely had a subtle herbal flavor.
Chang Jiang Signature Noodles (RM 8.90) was a feast with substantial toppings on wantan mee including tenderly braised chicken feet, egg, tofu, vegetable, minced chicken with a sprinkle of deep-fried onions.
The meal was simple, given that it’s just really wantan mee and coffee, yet not so simple because of the variety and the abundance of the ingredients used.
Other items on the menu include snacks such as kaya toast, half-boiled eggs, braised eggs and a rice dish that uses similar toppings as the signature noodles. Food ranges from RM 5 to RM 9, while drinks and coffee range from RM 3.50 to RM 5.80.
More Info : Pork Free
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Address: 7, Jalan Windsor, 30250, Ipoh, Perak
Business hour: Daily 9a.m. – 6p.m.
Getting there : Start on Jalan Gopeng, with Impiana Hotel on your right hand side. The trees on the main road are numbered, when you see a tree numbered with 22, turn left and that is where Chang Jiang Coffee is.