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Reviewed 11 March 2021 via mobile

Old coffee shop selling great traditional toast, runny egg and coffee. Taste Is very nostalgic of the time when we were kids. The coffee is aromatic and can smell a few shops away, and the eggs have just the right runniness. And the bread -...you can have it toasted the normal way, or the biscuit crispy version or the steam version. We had the latter two. Really great! They have have nasi lemak or coconut rice served with anchovies, peanuts and chili. The rice is too moist for our liking but the chili makes up for it. Had a good breakfast. Should try if you have not yet done so.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 18 November 2020

Although this traditional coffee shop no longer operates from its iconic Art Deco building, it is now only 1 minute away along the row of shophouses on the opposite side of the road. Coffee here is good at $1.50 for takeaway. It would be good...to sit down for a traditional breakfast of half-boiled eggs, toast and coffee.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

Stepping into this coffee shop, it was as if you were in a time machine, going back to the 70’s or 80’s. It seems to have retained its look from decades ago. As this was one of the few authentic local eating places along that...stretch of road, I personally welcomed it. Social distancing was certainly in place and our temperatures were checked at the entrance. My lunch companion and I were then ushered to a table for two, away from the rest of the tables. The menu was extensive with familiar local dishes. Photos accompanied the menu dishes. Lunch was the Yang Zhou Fried Rice with an Omelette on the side, both simple yet satisfying. My throat did feel a tad greasy though, despite pairing the rice with a cup of traditional tea. But in the end, all was good as I took in the old-school ambience.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 20 July 2020

Homely, cozy old-school local coffeeshop. Delicious zi char and generous portions for the prices. We ordered a soup, a vegetable dish and a claypot tofu and it was too much for two. Will come again!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 17 February 2020

A very traditional breakfast treat. No bacon, no sausages, no hash browns. Just plain bread, grilled over an open flame. Sandwiched with thin slices of butter and liberal helping of coconut jam or kaya jam. Accompanied by a couple of soft boiled eggs. Wash it...all down with a very bitter coffee. Don't think you can get any more Singaporean than this. The place has an old world charm about it. The tables are marble covered. There's packaging material stored in corners. There's a shrine with incense sticks lit in the far corner of the seating area. There's an Indian devotional song playing on the music system in an establishment owned and run by the Malay or Chinese (apologise for the ignorance) family. The service is quick, efficient and bare bones. The girl comes up within a few minutes of you sitting down. Asks you what you want and very quickly your order is served. We ended up ordering a fair bit of breakfast. A normal kaya toast, that was four slices of bread, together, cut into two fingers. A special kaya toast. This was chargrilled over the flames, the black crispy bits scraped off, chargrilled once again, scraped off once again, chargrilled a third time, scraped off and then made into the butter/kaya sandwich. We also ordered the French kaya toast. This was dipped in an egg mix, savoury not sweet, toasted and served without the kaya jam. The soft boiled eggs, two of them, with each plate of toast, was a great sauce to dunk the toast in. The coffee was a bit too bitter for our taste and was left half drunk. The locals were streaming through from the front entrance and the back entrance. They knew what they wanted and didn't need to order. There was parcels (made of some kind of leaves) of Nasi Lemak made and piled onto one of the tables. The locals knew that they needed to get them before they were gone and you could see a fairly large number of them getting these to go and a few of them sitting down to have them as breakfast. The pile had dwindled down to almost the last few by the time we finished our meal and left. A lovely place. Very much off the touristy attractions. Very much local. And very much fantastic quality of food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 16 January 2020 via mobile

Super bad experience here, decided to bring our foreign friend here cause we had really amazing toast here preciously but to our dismay we got asked to get out when we said we wanted to order coffee and toast cause mainly the point was to...have their toast set but we were still deciding if we wanted to eat their 煮炒. Furthermore there were no seats outside and we were left awkwardly outside as tables were all full and the uncle decides to bad mouth about his customers when we were just outside saying how we wanted to waste the space indoors when the truth is we said we were still looking and wanted the coffee menu and obviously other people outside didnt look comfortable to share. He also came out to argue with us and said its our fault for not sitting down, that they own the place so he can shove other customer’s things and let whoever sits down without asking the other person on the table, gonna be awkward if we order so much things to get told to move away again. Saying how we would waste their time just drinking coffee when what I said was I wanted to get the drinks menu and stuff, I was still explaining to my friend who was here for the first time on how everything works here just to get kicked out 🙂. Its disappointing how things turned out this way but I would say tong ah will never be my choice of traditional toast and food location recommendation for any foreign friends who visits this place. No matter how good the food is here, if you wanna experience getting thrown out of the store for asking for a menu or think about what to eat, then visit here 🙂 or else, just dont there are better coffee and food out there.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 29 October 2019 via mobile

A must do in Singapore! Just a 5 min walk from Chinatown Mrt. Continue passed the Potato Head building, it is another 50 meter on the right side. Go there for the Kopi (special coffee), Kaya (sugared coconut mash) toast and soft boiled eggs. It...sounds strange but is really good! The classic french is also good and with lots of butter. Kopi is a special coffee that locals here drink that is "pulled" (google it). If you want your coffee with cream and sugar order a kopi-C. A very busy place in the morning, try to get a table on the street to do a little people watching! The menu set above is about $5.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 8 October 2019

just a 10 minutes walk from our hotel. i went there will my kid for breakfast. not the kind of fancy restaurant but you may have a taste of the local food, which is good.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

Went here with a Chinese friend who lives in Singapore if you want linen table clothes and silver service forget it, if you want first class Chinese food in old China town away from mobs of rowdy tourist's give this place a try (I am...a Aussie) the food was great, the service was prompt and if you shut your eye's you could drift back 50 years, it's not hard to find there is a tube station less then 10 minutes away or less then 3 minutes to the bus or use a taxi, but when it's busy you can walk faster then the cab.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 27 August 2019

Tong Ah is your conventional Tze Char fare, but I feel that they do one dish the best; and that's the Sambal Fried Rice. Not overpoweringly spicy such that the taste is wiped out, and yet not easy on the tongue too per se. Traditional...coffeeshop atmosphere does make you want to linger for longer and eavesdrop on the many conversations that float about the coffeeshop, oddly making the food more palatable. I would say eating at Tong Ah is an experience, not merely just to fill empty bellies.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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