We were at another food outlet at Kuchai area the week before and saw there were quite a large crowd dining at Hailam Kopitiam, so, I made a mental note that this would be a potential makan place to explore.
We were greeted and welcomed by uniformed waiters and waitresses as soon as we stepped on the kaki lima belonging to Hailam Kopitiam, and I tell you ah..there were really a large number of waiter and waitresses, we counted 14 of them..
We weren’t sure what to order, so we referred to the ratings / recommendation on the menu ( come to think of it, how trustworthy do you think the self- ratings are at most of the eateries? are these really based on customers’ feedback ? )
We decided to go for Hailam Chicken Chop with mushroom sauce- other variations of the gravy include original, black pepper or rending , Hailam fried mee hoon and otak-otak rolls and for drinks we ordered cincau (RM2.80).
The place was cosy, marble table tops, wooden chairs, wi-fi, the place was about 2/3 full at the time of the visit.
You can view their menu by clicking here http://www.hailamkopitiam.com.my/menu.htm
The otak-otak roll (RM 4.2) didn’t have any star ratings on the menu, but it sounded interesting and we like Otak-otak , so we had to order this. 4 (flat) spring rolls piping hot, just scooped off the frying pan was my guess, arrived at our table . This was oozing with hot oil as we bite into it ..OUUcchh…the skin was too thick and floury and err..what’s this at the centre… it was a spicy-ish paste thingy err.. forgettable …maybe that was why there weren’t any star ratings guarr..
Hailam fried mee hoon (RM 6.80) came with prawns, chicken slices, fishpaste slices and some vegetable, this was pleasant, I especially like the gravy which had a strong fried onion smell…blends well with the mee hoon.
Hailam Chicken Chop ( RM6.60), I had high expectation of this ..didn’t the Hainanese ‘invented’ chicken chop ? firstly let me comment about the chicken, the meat was tough, stringy and tasteless..umm.. and as for the mushroom sauce –..there were a lot of chopped button mushroom in the sauce ( good point), but the sauce itself was kinda tasteless and one dimesional ( bad point). When I ate the chicken with the sauce, all I could taste was the fried batter and the saltiness of the button mushroom.. ..maybe I ordered the wrong sauce and got some tough ‘pencen-ed’ chicken.
Overall, a so-so meal lah…
Hailam Kopitiam Sdn Bhd
No 20, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
Taman Entrepreneurs Park
Tel : 79821563