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Singlish 101: Order 'Kopi' In Singapore

Food & Drink

Published on 08 Nov 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Singlish 101: Order 'Kopi' In Singapore

Food & Drink

Published on 08 Nov 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Order your cup of coffee in Singapore, Singapore-style! Find out what are the various names of coffees in Singapore and successfully blend in like a local.

Starbucks – a go-to coffee brand where we all have our universally understood standard orders. In Singapore, there’s a local alternative to Starbucks, and that’s ‘Kopitiam’ (traditional coffee shop). Commonly found in traditional coffee shops, ordering a cup of coffee here may be difficult if you don’t speak the famous ‘Singlish’ language – or for Singaporeans, maybe your ‘Singlish’ skills are not profound enough. Don’t hold up the queue any longer with your stammering and stuttering, and let us help you boost your confidence when ordering local ‘kopi’!

*Black coffee = Regular Coffee without sugar or milk. Similar to Long Black or Americano.

1. Kopi

Black coffee with condensed milk and sugar.

2. Kopi Peng/Bing

Iced coffee. Place your ‘Kopi’ order, then add ‘Peng/Bing’ at the end

3. Kopi Dabao

Takeaway coffee.

4. Kopi Kosong

Black coffee without milk or sugar.

5. Kopi O

Black coffee with sugar.

6. Kopi C

Black coffee with evaporated milk and sugar.

7. Kopi C Kosong

Black coffee with evaporated milk.

8. Kopi Siew Dai

Black coffee with condensed milk, less sugar.

9. Kopi O Siew Dai

Black coffee with less sugar.

10. Kopi Ga Dai

Black coffee with extra condensed milk.

11. Kopi Di Lo

Extra thick coffee.

12. Kopi Gao

Thick coffee (double shot of coffee) with condensed milk.

13. Kopi O Gao

Thick coffee (double shot of coffee) with sugar.

14. Kopi Po

Thin coffee (half shot of coffee) with condensed milk. This has more water than coffee.

15. Kopi O Po

Thin coffee (half shot of coffee) with sugar. This has more water than coffee.

16. Kopi Gu You

Black coffee with condensed milk, sugar and butter.

17. Yuan Yang

Black coffee with milk tea.

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