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The New Old Coffee Shop
The traditional coffee shop in Malaysia is called Kopitiam (pronounced "ko-pee tee-um"). Here you can find simple food, like toast with kaya (coconut jam), soft-boiled eggs, and noodles. And, of course, coffee and tea. The decor usually consists of round wooden tables and stools with marble tops. Over the past few years, a new breed of kopitiams has emerged. These are franchised imitation cafes, usually found in shopping malls. The decor and menu is the same, but of course the prices are a little higher. One of the most successful franchises is the Old Town Kopitiam (pictured).
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