SG Kopitiam: New coffee shop at Bukit Merah with famous bak chor mee and more

By Evan Mua April 18, 2024
SG Kopitiam: New coffee shop at Bukit Merah with famous bak chor mee and more
Check out this new makan spot, hawker lovers! Photos: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Looking for a new makan spot in the southwest of Singapore?

Those staying near Bukit Merah will be excited to hear about the new SG Kopitiam, freshly open for business as of Apr 15.

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It’s located at Bukit Merah Central. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

What makes this coffee shop different from your run-of-the-mill kopitiam is the selection of hawkers.

Like many modern coffee shops, SG Kopitiam at Bukit Merah boasts a quality selection of hawker establishments that are specially curated to provide the best food options to those living in the area.

SG Kopitiam’s curation

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This famous bak chor mee has long queues during lunch. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Besides an assortment of branches from popular brands, SG Kopitiam also has a unique option that can’t be found anywhere else in Singapore: The raved-about No. 25 Minced Meat Noodle.

The beloved bak chor mee stall is helmed by a former chef from Burger & Lobster and is known for its robust and flavourful soup.

Popular options include its signature minced meat noodle (S$9) and the kway teow special with signature broth (S$9), if you prefer a silkier alternative to the usual noodles.

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Man Tak Kei is all about tasty Malaysian-style zichar. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

If bak chor mee is not quite your beat and you still want some homely noodles, SG Kopitiam also has 161 Ban Mian and Fei Ma Hakka Yong Tau Foo, another old-school brand that used to be located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza.

The former has usual creature comforts such as dry you mian (S$4.50) but also has a more unique seafood mala sliced noodle (S$5). On the other hand, the latter serves up hearty Hakka-style yong tau foo with a hearty laksa (S$6) option.

For something more indulgent, we recommend getting the seafood from Malaysian-style zichar Man Tak Kei — think steamy, ingredient-loaded lala hotpot (S$38) and addictively aromatic garlic white pepper stew fish head (S$30).

A good variety

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Jin Kimchi is known for its affordable and authentic Korean fare. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Not quite up for the usual Chinese fare? SG Kopitiam also has some diversity in the form of prolific nasi lemak brand Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang and affordable-Korean-food specialist Jin Kimchi Express.

If you’re up for a Korean fix, you can’t go wrong with the comfortingly tangy and lightly spicy signature kimchi stew (S$6).

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Get this if you need a potent dose of heat. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

However, if you need a dose of spice, the new grilled chicken ayam pop sambal with Indomie spicy red curry mi goreng (S$8.90) is just the thing for.

The feisty and umami chilli was a crowd favourite and goes oh-so-well with the rich and chewy Indomie.

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Nostalgic waffles are always a delight. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Oh and the drinks stall, Kopi & Toast, makes very nice and crispy old-school waffles (from S$1.70) that are just positively nostalgic.

With all the choices available, maybe it’s time to check out SG Kopitiam for your next meal if you are working or living in the vicinity?

For more ideas on what to eat, read our stories on the best Greek restaurants in Singapore and the viral Mashi no Mashi wagyu ramen.

Stalls including No. 25 Minced Meat Noodle, Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang, Jin Kimchi Express and Man Tak Kei are on the GrabFood delivery service and offer free delivery (up to S$3 off) with GrabUnlimited.

Do explore the new GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

You can also book a ride to SG Kopitiam at Bukit Merah. 

SG Kopitiam

Block 161 Bukit Merah Central, 01-3749
Nearest MRT: Redhill
Open: Depends on individual stalls

Block 161 Bukit Merah Central, 01-3749
Nearest MRT: Redhill
Open: Depends on individual stalls

Evan Mua


Evan started off writing about food on Instagram, before joining outlets such as Buro and Confirm Good to pursue his passion. His best work usually comes after his first whisky shot in the morning.

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