Though unfortunate to find Pauw’s Kopitiam closed during my first visit the day before, it’s just a matter of time to face the inevitable. The next morning I found myself right at the entrance of this lively kopitiam, ready for another peranakan cuisine adventure.
It was quite surprising to see this modern counterpart of Tung Tau. Sleek, clean, modern, and livelier. Just an inch away from the main road and there, a nice neighborhood with green surroundings with the kopitiam just around the corner. To make it more memorable, a cloudy morning full of cool breeze.
I always pick a kaya toast whenever I am in any kopitiam, but this time I decided to be a bit adventurous by having this intriguing Milo toast. Although Pauw’s Kopitiam boasts its vast selection of dishes from just a ‘mere’ toast up to porridge, variety of rice dishes, noodles, and even dim sum but I preferred to keep it simple for now and just let another day give another opportunity for me to taste the rest.
Well, to start with a toast was actually a good decision. We know that Tung Tau has taken its pride with its ‘cadet bread’ but here Pauw’s Kopitiam provides decent thick bread that fits well with any fillings or condiments. Aside from that, you can get to choose between regular bread or wheat.
While the kaya toast tasted just right, the great impression came from Pauw’s Kopitiam creativity in devising the Milo toast. Simply just pour a hefty amount of Milo upon the toast evenly and then add condensed milk onto it. The toast however, doesn’t come in two slices which is understandable due to the heavy seasoning. The result nonetheless was sublime. The thickness of Milo powder and how they just glued inside your mouth on your every bite, you’ll sense them refusing your attempt to wash the goodness away. The condensed milk made it more than just a dream. It blended well with the powders and as we know it, it’s the toast’s best friend. The Milo toast is a must-pick when you’re here but if Bangka’s too far from you, then you can actually make it for yourself back at home!
On the downside though, this appeared-to-be pristine neighborhood is just a facade where many trucks apparently use this road as a shortcut to the nearby harbor thus making everything noisy and sometimes you get to smell the CO fumes. Lucky that overall the traffic in Bangka Belitung is actually far from jammed, even motorcycles are your least worry here. Your concerns are probably about how to maintain your speed and to deal with mining trucks or any heavy equipment you might encounter.
To compensate it all, Pauw’s Kopitiam clearly provides a comfortable solution. A choice of hot beverages from tea, milk, coffee, juice, and also worth mentioning, the iced drinks are there also. Due to the nature of peranakan style breakfast combined with the cold morning, I guess my choice back then for a standard milk coffee and teh tarik were actually conservative but then again you’d say, what more can you ask?
Though Sungailiat is probably just an inch away on the map and takes about 40-60 minutes drive from Pangkal Pinang, a small detour to Pauw’s Kopitiam once in a while is a guaranteed regret-free. I don’t know when my next time will be but it’s already paved here clearly inside my mind but a sure fire come back.
Halal-ness to be confirmed
Some menu suitable for vegetarians
Address & Phone Number: Jl. LL RE Martadinata no. 8, Sungailiat – Bangka // (0717) 92508
Opening Hours: Daily 6 am – 2 pm, to be opened again at 5 pm – 9 pm.
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Facebook: Pauw’s Kopitiam
Atmosphere: Arguably the most contemporary kopitiam I found in Bangka. Quite crowded with customers since early morning.
Ambiance: Unfortunately resides by a busy street under the facade of green countryside.
Service: Precise and swift.
Pricing: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 for two.