Kluang Restaurant Receives National Recognition

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KLUANG Rail Coffee’s name is now etched in the Malaysian Book of Records (MBR) as the oldest railway kopitiam in Malaysia.

Restaurant operator Lim Jit Chen said his late grandfather Lim Huan Hee started the family business in 1938.

“Kluang Rail Coffee started as a canteen along Jalan Stesen in Kluang, Johor.

“The railway was the backbone of Malaysia’s transport and communication network at the time.

“Kluang Railway Station, built in 1909, was strategically located near the police station, post office, hospital and government administrative offices.

“It made the canteen extremely convenient, especially since it started serving breakfast as early as 6:30 a.m.,” Jit Chen said.

He said the evolution of Hainanese cuisine was heavily influenced by English and Asian tastes.

“For example, the English have toast with jam for breakfast but during the Second World War jam was expensive.

“So the local breakfast has evolved to feature boiled eggs and toast with butter and kaya, which is an Asian addition,” he added.

Jit Chen said the company will continue to honor its rich heritage, reflected in its service to the community.

“It’s not just about food and drink, but about the experiences and connections created with our customers,” he said.

He added that in 2008 he and his cousin Lim Jit Tong worked to expand the business with the introduction of a more comprehensive local and international menu.

While a new railway station was built at Kampung Masjid Lama, the old station remains a heritage building.

Jit Tong, director of Kluang Rail Coffee Sdn Bhd, said MBR’s recognition would serve as a launchpad for future expansion.

“This recognition is due to the support of the people of Kluang.

“The next chapter will be not only bringing the brand to other parts of the country, but also promoting Kluang as a tourist attraction,” he said.

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