Kluang Cafe: Kafe Kaki Lima (五脚基) Cakes & Baguettes
Jalan Dato Teoh Siew Khor, in Kluang town centre, is not known to many people, but by mentioning the lane of "Kluang Street Art", most locals will point you in the right direction. Along this artful lane with numerous murals, there are a handful of small cafes with alfresco settings. Kaki Lima cafe is one of them, serving nice coffees and light bites.
Enjoying a cup of coffee at Kaki Lima along the art alley is a unique experience and a good getaway from busy city life. The best time to sit outside the cafe in the afternoon is after around 2:30pm, when the sun moves behind the rows of shophouses. Weekdays are best for spending some quiet time at the cafe than on weekends.
Kaki Lima has a wide range of beverages on its menu. For food, they have "sandwiches", which are mostly baguettes with different kinds of stuffing and roasted toasts. They have "cake(s) of the day", which changes frequently, if not daily.
Kaki Lima's caffe rose latte has a beautiful latte art of a rose on the silky foam — and sprinkled with some dried tea leaves. The frothed-milk coffee has a pleasant rose aroma and seriously delicious — not bitter and not overly sweetened.
The chicken baguette, served in a vintage metal plate. looks pretty simple with slices of chicken ham, cheese, tomatoes and some kind of creamy sauce. The baguette has a crispy outer crust and is soft inside. To my surprise, it is yummylicious! I want to try more.
One of their cakes of the day, the tiramisu, a coffee-flavoured Italian dessert, has a thick layer of whipped creamy custard oozing down the sides of the coffee cake and topped with cocoa powder — almost like eating "mocha coffee". Surprisingly, the tiramisu is not too sweet despite its appearance and tastes lighter than expected.
Two visits to Kaki Lima and with great satisfactions, I will make sure to visit the cafe again whenever I go to Kluang.
Kafe Kaki Lima
17E, Jalan Dato Teoh Siew Khor, Kampung Masjid Lama, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
10am to 6pm | Closed on Monday