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Restoran Xin Segar Coffee Shop · Amazing Kaya Butter Toast & Six Six Ice Coffee · Mutiara Rini


Our JB plan was simple - go nice makan (eat), and in between go to nice cafe to chill out before makan again 😬 Kim was raving about this frothy coffee place in Taman Mutiara Rini in Skudai but I couldn't really make out what exactly she said as I was in the back seat of the car. I just assumed it would be a nice Instagram opportunity that would make any influencer proud jealous.

Restaurant name: Restoran Xin Segar 新食客美食阁

Address: 1, Jalan Jasa 64, Rini Hills, 81300 Skudai, Johor

Tel: +6016 712 7993 (Bosh)

Hours: 6:30am - 1:30pm (Mon off)


There were passing thunderstorms today and it was still drizzling heavily when we got here.

My first thought, "Is this the place Kim is talking about?" 🤔


Then, Kim led us into this sleepy kopitiam (in a quiet corner of Taman Mutiara Rini).

I thought to myself, "What is going on.... ?" 😞

We settled around a round table with stackable red plastic chairs. Spartan, almost brutal 😬


I ordered my usual kopi C kosong with kosong (zero) expectations.

Kim had her favourite ice coffee and Janet had teh O.

I enjoyed my kopi C kosong. The mild Robusta bitterness was moderated and smoothed out by just the right proportion of evaporated milk.


The auntie brought a couple of obligatory kaya and butter toasts to go with the coffee.
One bite. 


The toast bread was the lightest, airiest, crispiest that I have ever tasted. No kidding. It had absolutely zero chewiness. The toast just melted into the smooth, buttery savoury sweet blend of kaya and butter.

Now, I suddenly sat up and paid attention.

Immediately ordered another set 😄


Next came the kaya and butter croissant toast.

Again, the folks at Restoran Xin Segar Coffee Shop toasted this generic croissant till it was crisp, flaky, light, airy, and sans the grease (which I dislike in average croissants). 

Savoury buttery pastry was perfect with kaya and butter.


The friendly lady boss Mdm Ah Soon hand makes her own kaya. Each batch needs four hours of hand beating and slow, low heat to produce. The kaya was smooth, light, not overly sweet, and had eggy, pandan fragrance. Mdm Ah Soon doesn't sell her kaya in tubs as she could only make enough for her own toasts and croissants.


Mdm Ah Soon is supported by her son Bosh.


Bosh has introduced trendy coffee into the old traditional, humble, neighbourhood kopitiam.

Kim and Bosh suggested that I try their signature Six Six Ice which is kopi and kopi C blend with froth. I was extremely hesitant to try as I am not supposed to drink caffeine as it gives my heart palpitations. And, I had a couple of cups already before I got here 😬 🤭

But, the unexpected delights that I had so far at Xin Segar Coffee Shop really made me extremely curious.

So, I gave in to the temptation.
It was another mind blowing moment.



The Six Six Ice kopi's bitter sweetness was smooth, yet not overly sweet unlike ice coffee I tried in other places. And, the most memorable thing about this Six Six Ice was the smoothness of the whole concoction. The evaporated milk in the coffee was whipped into a fresh whipped cream, so light, so fluffy, airy and silky.



Not quite an Instagram opportunity but this grimy, gritty, neighbourhood kopitiam in an off beat location has the best kaya butter toasts and, at last, a frothy ice coffee that I like.

Written by Tony Boey on 30 Jun 2022

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