Julie’s Kopitiam – finally!
Eventually, we (or Mrs Foodie did at least!) make it to Julie’s Kopitiam. I’ve been wanting to go for ages but with work, life, and it being one of THE places to be in Shawlands, has meant that this visit took longer than wanted. It is always very busy and they don’t do reservations. If you do turn up when it’s busy Julie or her staff will take your details and give you a time to come back and you can head to one of the nearby cafes or pubs to wait.
I met up with What Claire Did for some food and gossip.
If you went to the original Cafe Strange Brew you’ll know that it’s a compact setting. Inside Julie has stripped the walls bare with some pieces of decoration, Oriental Style lampshades, Formica style tables for an all round chill place to sit in.
What to have? I was struggling. So many things that I’d like. I sweetcorn fritters, maybe next time… this time was for mooli!
Lots of tasty drinks on the menu, however, it was a sunny evening and the slushie machine was churning away in the corner singing “order me!” With a lemongrass and lychee flavour, this hit the spot.
Refreshing and moreish, I could probably have drunk a few of these!
First dish out was Nasi Lemak which seemingly is a common Malaysian breakfast. Rice, cucumber, peanuts, pickle, sambal (a hot sauce generally made with shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic and chilli 😍 ) plus a boiled egg. Simple ingredients with lots of flavour. The sambal was 👌 not too spicy but it packed a flavoursome punch.
Next plate to arrive, fried mooli with XO sauce. The fried mooli was just like eating fried halloumi, but without the squeak! Spongy and perfect for the XO sauce. XO sauce is another chilli/fish sauce concoction. I’ve had it paired with turnip, a good sauce to give plainer veggies a bit of oomph. You can get XO sauce ready-made in Seewoo and other supermarkets. It’s a bit like Asian Sriracha sauce – a good kick to add to food. I’ll be ordering this again for sure.
Two mains arrived, sambal fried hake and prawn Nasi goreng.
Green beans, garlic and more of that excellent sambal. I’m a big fan of spiced fish. The meat of fish seems to be made to soak up the spices of curried flavours. The sambal soaked itself into the hake – get some rice to soak up the sambal sauce too if you order one.
👍 from Mrs Foodie. A very enjoyable evening. Toilet not checked on this visit.
+ lots of flavour
+ Dishes which you might not find anywhere else in the southside
+ chilled vibe
+ Asian slushy!
+ friendly staff
+ Handy for public transport
– too much mango sauce for me
– you will probably need to wait for a table