Your one-stop infographic for ordering coffee in Singapore.
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“Kopi” in Malay means “Coffee”
My personal favourite is Kopi C. A coffee made with carnation milk instead of condensed milk. The carnation milk is a brand of tinned evaporated milk which is less thick and sweet compared to evaporated milk.
|Kopi-0||Black Coffee with Sugar||Long Black with Sugar Added|
|Kopi||Black Coffee with Condensed Milk||None – The condensed milk is very sweet|
|Kopi C||Black Coffee with Evaporated Milk and sugar||None|
|Kopi Kosong||Black Coffee without sugar or milk||Long Black – no added sugar|
|Kopi Gah Dai||Black Coffee with extra condensed milk||None – very sweet!|
|Kopi Siew Dai||Coffee with Condensed Milk but less sugar||None|
|Kopi O Siew Dai||Black Coffee with less sugar||Long Black – about half a teaspoon to a teaspoon of sugar|
|Kopi Po||Coffee with Condensed Milk but weaker (they add more water)||None|
|Kopi O Po||Black Coffee with Sugar but weaker (they add more water)||Americano with sugar and hot water added|
|Kopi Gau||Strong Coffee with Condensed Milk||None|
|Kopi O Gau||Strong Black Coffee with Sugar||Like a triple expresso with sugar|
|Kopi Di Lo||Coffee Extra Thick||None|
|Kopi Sua||Double Order of Same Coffee||None|
|Kopi Peng||Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk||None|
|Kopi O Peng||Iced Black Coffee with sugar||Iced Americano|
|Kopi Gau Peng||Strong Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk||None|
|Kopi O Gau Peng||Strong Black Coffee with Sugar||Iced Triple Expresso with Sugar|
|Kopi Kosong Peng||Iced black coffee without sugar||Iced Americano without Sugar|
|Kopi Gau Kosong Peng||Iced Strong Black coffee without Sugar or milk||Iced triple expresso without sugar|
- O – Black with Sugar (pronounced as a short version of “Awe”). From Hokkien dialect.
- C – With Evaporated Milk; like a latte – a lot more milk than regular coffee (pronounced “See”). Means “Fresh” in Hainanese dialect.
- Kosong – Without Sugar or Milk. “Kosong” in Malay Language means “Empty”
- Gah Dai – With Extra Condensed Milk (pronounced as Ga – Die). From Hock Chew (fu-zhou) dialect.
- Xiu Dai – With Less Sugar (pronounced as Seeyou-Die). From Hock Chew (fu-zhou) dialect.
- Po – Thinner/Weaker. From Hokkien dialect.
- Gau – Stronger (pronounced a mix between “gow” and “cow”). From Hokkien dialect.
- Di Lo – In Hokkien Dialect means “Pour All The Way”
- Sua – In Chinese Hokkien Dialect means “Follow”
- Peng – Iced. From Hokkien dialect
If you want thinner iced black coffee with sugar, you’ll say: Coffee + Black + Thinner + Ice = Kopi O Po Peng
The above works for tea as well. Replace Kopi (Coffee) with Teh (Tea).
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A fantastic infographic by Farkhansalleh-d4eejlo
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Another very cool infographic by Vanessa Poh
Do check out the Forest Collective uniquely Singaporean Kopi temporary tattoos: