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If you ever visit or have visited Singapore, you may be mystified by our mishmash of English, Chinese, Malay and a number of dialects, or what is more commonly known as Singlish mb.

Here's an attempt to demystify at least part of it.

Once you step into the heartlands of Singapore, you will discover food is everywhere! Topping the list of eating places is the ubiquitous coffeeshop. Ordering drinks at a coffeeshop is a very Singaporean experience. In this geeklist, I will attempt to explain how to order a drink without embarrassing yourself.

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Kopitiam

Before you can order a drink, you have to first locate a coffeeshop. These are more commonly known as "kopitiam". As you may expect, "kopi" means coffee and "tiam" means shop. When you leave the city centre and enter the heartlands of Singapore, you will find kopitiams are commonplace.

The term "Kopitiam" is not to be confused with the brand Kopitiam, though the latter's business is somewhat related to the traditional type of kopitiams.

Kopitiam coffee is a direct contrast to high-street coffee. It is certainly much cheaper; You can enjoy your cuppa at around S$1. It is probably sweeter than what most non-locals are used to, but you can get around this easily (to be covered below). In my humble opinion, kopitiam coffee is the most cost-effective coffee to be had in Singapore. mb

At a kopitiam, after finding a seat, if there are no drinks on your table, you will almost certainly be approached by the drinks stall assistant, more commonly known as the kopi kia (if male) or kopi auntie (if female). If not, you can wave to the uncle or auntie sauntering from table to table, delivering drinks and collecting money. He/she will hop over to take your order.

Kopi auntie: Lim simi?
(What do you want to drink?)

The rest of this geeklist answers that question for you.

Possible Origins
Hokkien/hakka word 店, which means shop and read tiam. Hokkien is a local dialect, used mostly by the elderly or in the army. Hakka is another local dialect, somewhat less common than hokkien. Kopi to be covered in next geeklist item.
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The Basics

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Kopi = coffee + sugar + condensed milk

One of the most common orders is plain vanilla "kopi", or coffee. Despite its name, kopi is anything but plain! When you order kopi, you will get coffee with sugar and condensed milk.

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 咖啡, which means coffee.

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Teh = tea + sugar + condensed milk

Tea is also available at kopitiams. The term to use here is "teh". When you order teh, you will get tea with sugar and condensed milk.

Possible Origins
Hokkien word 茶, which means tea.

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It is important to note that the above are the default when your order is simply kopi or teh. Variations are discussed in the next few items.
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Strength of Brew

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Kopi Gao = stronger coffee (less water) + sugar + condensed milk
Teh Gao = stronger tea (less water) + sugar + condensed milk

If you like your coffee or tea strong, then you need to add "gao" to your order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien word 厚, which means thick.

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Kopi Po = weaker coffee (more water) + sugar + condensed milk
Teh Po = weaker tea (more water) + sugar + condensed milk

If instead you like your coffee or tea weak, then you need to add "po" to your order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien word 薄, which means thin.

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Kopi Dit Loh = concentrated coffee + sugar + condensed milk
Teh Dit Loh = concentrated tea + sugar + condensed milk

If you like your coffee or tea really really strong, then you need to add "dit loh" to your order. Kopitiams usually make concentrated coffee and tea, and dilute it only when orders are received. Ordering with "dit loh" implies you would like the concentrated stuff. surprise

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 直下. 直 means direct or straight, and 下 means to add.

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Sweetness

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Kopi Siew Dai = coffee + sugar + reduced condensed milk
Teh Siew Dai = tea + sugar + reduced condensed milk

If you would like to reduce the amount of condensed milk, then you need to add "siew dai" to your order.

Possible Origins
Cantonese words 少底, which means less base. "Siew" means less and "dai" refers to the bottom of the drink before stirring, i.e. the condensed milk.

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Kopi O = coffee + sugar
Teh O = tea + sugar

If you would like to skip the condensed milk altogether, then you need to add "o" to your order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien word 烏, which actually means raven. The black colour of the raven is similar to the colour of black coffee, and is therefore used to mean the lack of condensed milk.

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Kopi O Kosong = coffee
Teh O Kosong = tea

If you would like to skip the condensed milk and sugar altogether, then you need to add "o kosong" to your order.

Possible Origins
Malay word kosong, which actually means zero or nothing.

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The above types of orders are more popular amongst the health conscious and the elderly.

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Kopi Kah Dai = coffee + sugar + additional condensed milk
Teh Kah Dai = tea + sugar + additional condensed milk

If you have a sweet tooth like me and would like to additional condensed milk instead, then you need to add "kah dai" to your order.

Possible Origins
Cantonese words 加底, which means additional base. "Kah" means additional.

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Milk

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Kopi C = coffee + sugar + evaporated milk
Teh C = tea + sugar + evaporated milk

If you prefer evaporated milk over condensed milk, then you need to add "c" to your order.

Possible Origins
Shortening of "Carnation". Carnation is a popular brand of evaporated milk in this part of the world.

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Temperature

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Kopi Peng = iced coffee + sugar + condensed milk
Teh Peng = iced tea + sugar + condensed milk

It's a hot day and you would like your coffee or tea iced. You need to add "peng" to your order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien word 冰, which means ice.

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Kopi Bua Sio = lukewarm coffee + sugar + condensed milk
Teh Bua Sio = lukewarm tea + sugar + condensed milk

You are in a hurry and do not want to spend time sipping a hot drink. You need to add "bua sio" to your order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 半燒, which means lukewarm. "Bua" means half and "sio" means hot.

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Sua

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"Your Order" Sua = Your order x2

Suppose you have a friend who would like the same order as you. You need to add "sua" to your order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien word 續, which means to continue or to follow on.

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Ta Bao

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"Your Order" Ta Bao = Your order, to take away

You are in a big hurry and want to drink your coffee on the go. You need to add "ta bao" to your order.

Possible Origins
Chinese words 打包, which means pack and go.

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Combination

All of the above terms can be combined to arrive at a coffee or tea of your preference.

Examples:

1) Iced coffee with evaporated milk (but less of it)
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Kopi C Siew Dai Peng

2) Lukewarm tea with additional condensed milk
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Teh Kah Dai Bua Sio

3) Two of thicker coffee without milk and sugar, takeaway
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Kopi O Kosong Gao Tabao Sua
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Other Related Drinks

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Tiao Hur = Chinese tea

Your order will be "tiao hur" if you want Chinese tea. Note that Chinese tea is never served with sugar and/or milk and/or iced. There are therefore no variations to the above order.

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 釣魚, which means fishing. The drink comes with a chinese tea bag, and the act of pulling and dunking the tea bag is similar to fishing, hence the name.

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Yuan Yang = Tea + Coffee

Have you tried a mix of tea and coffee before? If you would like to try that, your order will be "yuan yang".

Possible Origins
Chinese words 鴛鴦, which mean male and female mandarin ducks. Mandarin ducks are believed to be monogamous and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. The male and female have very different appearances. Used as a drink's name, it probably implies the perfect blend between two very different drinks.

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Teh Halia = Tea + Ginger

If you would like some ginger in your tea, your order will be "teh halia".

Possible Origins
Malay word halia, which means ginger.

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Teh Tarik = Pulled Tea

At drink stalls owned by Indians, you will be able to order "teh tarik". The tea is pulled or poured between two containers held on each hand. This process is repeated a couple of times. The end result is a cooled tea with a frothy top. It also gives the tea a better flavour.

Possible Origins
Malay word tarik, which means to pull.

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Energy Drinks

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Tak Giu = Milo

If you are looking for a pick-me-up, you may want to order "tak giu" or Milo. Milo is a drink made from chocolate and malt powder, and hot water. Milo is one of the drinks produced by Nestlé and is quite popular in Singapore.

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 踢球, which means football (or soccer to some of you). At one point in time, probably a World Cup year, the Milo tin depicted a guy kicking a football. That image probably stuck with the kopi aunties.

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Milo Dinosaur = Milo + more Milo

If you like your "Milo" drink with additional amounts of Milo powder, then you need to go for the "Milo dinosaur". It contains the drink with a small mountain of Milo powder planted on top. They will even include a spoon for you to enjoy your Milo powder.

Possible Origins
Probably due to the larger size of a dinosaur.

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Milo Godzilla = Milo + more Milo + even more Milo

If you really really really like your Milo powder, then you need to go for the "Milo Godzilla". I am not making this up. It contains the drink with a large mountain of Milo powder planted on top.

Possible Origins
Probably a marketing gimmick that took off and due to the larger size of Godzilla over a dinosaur.

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Dai Kar Ho = Horlicks

Another energy drink, less popular than Milo in Singapore.

Possible Origins
Cantonese words 大家好. "Dai kar" means everyone and "ho" means good or doing well. The slogan of Horlicks is "ho ho ho" and that probably morphed into dai kar ho due to the suggestion that everyone will do well after drinking it.

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Canned or Packet Drinks

The popular canned and packet drinks, carbonated or not, are also available at kopitiams. You will get a glass of ice to go along with your order too.

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Clementi = Lemon Tea

If you are looking for a can of lemon tea, you can try ordering "Clementi". Most kopitiams do not make their own lemon tea, and when you order lemon tea, it is assumed that you want the canned version.

Possible Origins
Clementi is the name of a local housing estate name. In fact, Clementi is where I call home!

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Clementi rhymes with lemon tea, and perhaps the kopi aunties have difficulty pronouncing the latter.

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See Geena = Ribena

If you are looking for a blackcurrant drink, your order is "See Geena". It comes in packet form and is quite popular amongst parents and children, due to the advertised high vitamin c content.

Possible Origins
Chinese words 死小孩, which translates loosely to brat. "死" means death and "小孩" means kid/child. "See geena" is a phrase some parents may use on their own children if they are naughty. Not sure how it got tied to a drink though! Guesses include the numerous children found in Ribena advertisements, or just simply that it rhymes with Ribena.

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Lai Kor = Coke Light

Most carbonated drinks go by their original names at the kopitiams. An exception is Coke Light. If you want a can of that, the order is "Lai Kor".

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 内褲, which means underwear. It is probably the result of another case of pronunciation difficulties, this time with "light".

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Kap Poh = Kickapoo Joy Juice

Another carbonated drink exception is Kickapoo. If you want a can of that, the order is "kap poh".

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 青蛙, which means frog. Yet another suspected case of pronunciation difficulties.

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Carrot Juice

A particular brand, Pokka's carrot juice is also rather popular in Singapore. If you want a can of that, the order is "xiao bai tu".

Possible Origins
Chinese words 小白兔, which means rabbit. This is probably based on the assumption that rabbits like carrots, and hence carrot juice too. And xiao bai tu is easier to produce than carrot juice for the kopi aunties.

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Other Drinks

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Lao Hor = Tiger Beer

Beer is also available at kopitiams. It is not uncommon to see uncles, probably retirees, sipping beer in the afternoon or even morning. If you look closely, you may even sport some bloodshot eyes. ninja A popular local brand of beer is Tiger Beer. To order that, ask for "lao hor".

Possible Origins
Hokkien words 老虎, which means tiger. The connection is obvious in this case!

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Soya Bean with Chin Chow = Michael Jackson

This is slightly off-topic, but too interesting to leave out. Soya bean milk is another popular drink and it is not normally available in kopitiams. It is instead sold by dedicated stalls at food or hawker centres and are also reasonably common.

Where you can find soya bean milk, you can almost certainly find another local drink by the name of chin chow. Chin chow is a drink that is blackish and contains little strips of black jelly. It is said to be "cooling" on the body, and therefore well-suited for our tropical hot weather.

Somewhere done the line, somebody mixed soya bean milk with the strips
of black jelly and a new drink was borne. I actually do not know the official name of this drink, but everyone calls it "Michael Jackson".

Possible Origins
Michael Jackson's song, Black or White.

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Liu De Hua = Mineral Water or Bottled Water

If you are looking for a mineral or bottled water, your order is "Liu De Hua".

Possible Origins
Chinese words 劉德華, which is the Chinese name of popular Hong Kong singer and actor Andy Lau. Andy Lau songs were white-hot during the 1990s, and one of his most famous songs goes by the title of 忘情水, released in 1994. The official English name of 忘情水 is "Forget Love Potion". 水, read shui, translates directly to water. That is probably at least part of the reason for linking Andy Lau to mineral water. mb

Here's my hypothesis on the other main reason. If you listen to the entire song carefully, paying special attention to the chorus, you will make out Andy going "gei wo yi bei wang qing shui, aaahhhh, huan wo yi sheng bu shang bei". If you ask me, the "aaahhh" bit does sound rather thirst quenching.

Anyway, here is the song in full glory:



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After you make your order, do not be startled by what will happen next. The kopi auntie will shout/yell/holler your order across the kopitiam, so that her colleagues can start preparing the drinks immediately, thereby saving time. Of course, that means everyone in the kopitiam also knows what you have just ordered. The kopi auntie will then saunter at her own pace, perhaps picking up some used cups along the way, to the counter to collect your drink.

The kopitiam can be quite a noisy place, with frequent shouts of drink orders heard. Which is how I found out about most of the drink names above. ninja

Last but not least, here are some videos on the drinks culture of Singapore:



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