31 Oct '12, 8am
Any guesses for what the ‘C’ in Teh- C mean? #Kopi #Teh #FoodFacts #Kopitiam #SGFood
Text and image by Sheere Ng @ Makansutra “Teh-C, Kopi-C, Kopi Ka Dai, Teh Peng, Kopi Suahhh…” – These are ordering code words that is music to the true blue, hard core Singaporean kopitiam lizards. To the novice, ill-informed expats, travellers or tourists, it might as well be Sanskrit. To the initiated, those are sounds that pre-empt a good local beverage. While locals know what to expect when they order Kopi Ka Dai (sweeter coffee), not many people know how these terms came about. The most intriguing amongst them may be Kopi-C or Teh-C. Teh-C What does C mean? It was brought to our attention that a couple of years back, a local newspaper reported that C refers to Carnation, which is a brand of canned evaporated milk most commonly used by coffeeshops here. Since Kopi-C is essentially a combination of coffee and evaporated milk, it seems logical. But, coffeeshops also use ...