Exactly as I was told, Sunshine was very popular, indeed. Customers, some whom come in entire 2 or 3-generation families, were already waiting early in the morning before the kopitiam opened for breakfast.
Half an hour into opening time and every table was already taken.
I've been warned that service can be slow during peak hours, but my experience was a good one. Sunshine had additional staff on weekends and some staff started to take orders even while other staff were getting out the tables and chairs. Everything was very orderly and organised. Our orders came fast and even an additional order mid way through our meal came promptly, without fuss.
So how was the food?
The Hainanese kopi was deep, robust and smooth. Clearly nicer than the kopi at the average kopitiam. I love it.
The sambal toast bread looked slightly anaemic in my opinion, though others found it just nice. I personally like my toast browner.
The mildly spicy sambal with anchovies was a little dry and thin for my liking. I like my sambal laid on thick and juicy, spicier and with a more robust anchovy flavour.
I wished the soft boiled eggs that I had were cooked a little longer.
The nasi lemak had simple ingredients and very slight flavours and coconut fragrance. The rice grains were nicely separate (not stuck together in lumps).
So, all the food were lighter in flavour than what my palate is tuned to. This is a personal preference as my companion and the other customers visibly enjoyed Sunshine's somewhat bland (to me) servings.
The chee cheong fun stall here has its fans who spoke well of it. So we ordered a couple to try, one kosong and one with shrimps. The "fun" was thin and very smooth, and the soupy sauce was quite sweet.
While the shrimps were not premium, ocean fresh quality, they were equal to any kopitiam chee cheong fun that I have tried so far.
Seeing that many people ordered the wanton mee, I also ordered one for ourselves. The wanton mee was quite good really, meeting all the criteria for good wanton mee, in my opinion.
The noodles were crunchy, springy and smooth. The soy, sesame and lard based sauce was aromatic giving the noodles their tasty flavours and smoothness.
The char siew and wantons were good.
Sunshine kopitiam is an old brand in Taman Puteri Wangsa. To the local residents, Sunshine has "everything" for breakfast, with something for everyone. The kopi was good and the food was equal to or better than any in the same neighbourhood.
->> Come to Sunshine and experience a Malaysian style kopitiam breakfast. Sunshine is a favourite of local folk and there are lots of popular food choices here like sambal toast, chee cheong fun and nasi lemak.
Restaurant name: Restoran Sunshine 新东升
Address: 20, Jalan Baladau 14, Taman Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram, Johor
GPS: 1.589359,103.807668 / 1°35'21.7"N 103°48'27.6"E
Hours: 07:30am to 5:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat | 07:30am to 12:30pm on Sun | Chee Cheong Fun usually closes by 3.30pm on weekdays | Rest day is Weds
Date visited: 20 Jan 2013
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