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The Malaysian White CoffeeIn Malaysia, we have a drink called "white coffee." But it's not a latte, nor are the beans white in color!
White coffee originated in the town of Ipoh, Perak many, many years ago. The coffee beans are roasted with margarine (yes, margarine) to give it extra body. For the traditional black coffee, sugar is added during the roasting process. But for White Coffee, the beans are roasted with only margarine. Hence, "white" is taken to mean "pure" (i.e., without the additional ingredient of sugar).
Either way, the coffee is strong and sweet. White coffee is served mixed with sweetened condensed milk, and usually comes in a cup and saucer with a one-tone flowery design.
In K.L. you can get white coffee at any local coffee shop (Kopitiam). You can also buy instant white coffee packets in the supermarket for your caffeine fix at home.