Tea that is dubbed 'the best of the best'

Thong Kee Cafe is a household name in Bentong.
HER dream was to come up with a cup of milk tea that is an all-time favourite among the young and old.
Chong Siew Len even visualised families heading to her coffeeshop for the signature drink.
Experimenting with different concoctions to get feedback from an elderly customer who is a connoisseur in tea and coffee, Chong remembers vividly the countless blank expressions on his face after taking his first sip.
But she never gave up her pursuit for that perfect cup of tea.

“One day, the sifu looked up after a few sips and declared yat kar yat (one plus one in Cantonese which means the best of the best), recalled Chong when StarMetro visited her coffeeshop in Bentong town recently.
She named the drink yat kar yat and that became the shop’s signature drink since 30 years ago.
Chong and her husband, Wong Mun Thong, started Thong Kee Coffeeshop in Kampung Baru Chamang in Bentong in 1988.
They shifted to Bentong town 15 years later.
Today, the Wong family have four Thong Kee Cafe outlets; the main one in Bentong town, followed by one in Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur and two in Petaling Jaya.
They also recalled a Hainanese friend teaching them how to choose good coffeebeans and mixed different beans to come up with a good cup of coffee.
Thong Kee is also famous for its bread – steamed or toasted bread with kaya and butter.
Food and beverage business is increasingly competitive nowadays, and the day-to-day running of the business is more demanding.
“It is about having an unwavering passion for making a good cup of beverage.
“You really have to use your mind and heart in order to do a good job,” she explained.
The elder Wong also pointed out that nothing is too small that can be ignored when making a good drink.
Aesthetic value aside, he said the quality of the cup and temperature of the water also makes a difference.
The couple, aged 60, are now based at the Bentong outlet.
Four of their children have also joined the family business so far.
Kentson Wong, 25, who has a degree in Information Technology, said he grew up in the coffeeshop in Bentong which he described as very much a part of him.
He is in charge of the outlet in Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya.
In fact, Kentson said the cafe was part of his family and their passion for it comes naturally.
“I am also doing my best to create a family environment for our team (in Aman Suria). We are all young people working and staying together.”
Business is also about being in the right place and right time.
Thong Kee is riding high on the popularity of Bentong as a favourite tourist destination in recent years.
Wong said there were customers from the Klang Valley who got to know about Thong Kee when holidaying in Bentong.
They, he added, went on to patronise the cafe’s outlets in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.
According to him, many of their customers were regulars who also recommended new customers to the outlet.
Thong Kee, which has been customer-centric from the start of their entrepreneurial journey, is on the right track.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2017/05/25/tea-that-is-dubbed-the-best-of-the-best-famous-bentong-coffeeshops-signature-drink-a-product-of-many/#UXjIaGpv0BTuUOjV.99
Thong Kee Cafe is a household name in Bentong.
HER dream was to come up with a cup of milk tea that is an all-time favourite among the young and old.
Chong Siew Len even visualised families heading to her coffeeshop for the signature drink.
Experimenting with different concoctions to get feedback from an elderly customer who is a connoisseur in tea and coffee, Chong remembers vividly the countless blank expressions on his face after taking his first sip.
But she never gave up her pursuit for that perfect cup of tea.

“One day, the sifu looked up after a few sips and declared yat kar yat (one plus one in Cantonese which means the best of the best), recalled Chong when StarMetro visited her coffeeshop in Bentong town recently.
She named the drink yat kar yat and that became the shop’s signature drink since 30 years ago.
Chong and her husband, Wong Mun Thong, started Thong Kee Coffeeshop in Kampung Baru Chamang in Bentong in 1988.
They shifted to Bentong town 15 years later.
Today, the Wong family have four Thong Kee Cafe outlets; the main one in Bentong town, followed by one in Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur and two in Petaling Jaya.
They also recalled a Hainanese friend teaching them how to choose good coffeebeans and mixed different beans to come up with a good cup of coffee.
Thong Kee is also famous for its bread – steamed or toasted bread with kaya and butter.
Food and beverage business is increasingly competitive nowadays, and the day-to-day running of the business is more demanding.
“It is about having an unwavering passion for making a good cup of beverage.
“You really have to use your mind and heart in order to do a good job,” she explained.
The elder Wong also pointed out that nothing is too small that can be ignored when making a good drink.
Aesthetic value aside, he said the quality of the cup and temperature of the water also makes a difference.
The couple, aged 60, are now based at the Bentong outlet.
Four of their children have also joined the family business so far.
Kentson Wong, 25, who has a degree in Information Technology, said he grew up in the coffeeshop in Bentong which he described as very much a part of him.
He is in charge of the outlet in Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya.
In fact, Kentson said the cafe was part of his family and their passion for it comes naturally.
“I am also doing my best to create a family environment for our team (in Aman Suria). We are all young people working and staying together.”
Business is also about being in the right place and right time.
Thong Kee is riding high on the popularity of Bentong as a favourite tourist destination in recent years.
Wong said there were customers from the Klang Valley who got to know about Thong Kee when holidaying in Bentong.
They, he added, went on to patronise the cafe’s outlets in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.
According to him, many of their customers were regulars who also recommended new customers to the outlet.
Thong Kee, which has been customer-centric from the start of their entrepreneurial journey, is on the right track.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2017/05/25/tea-that-is-dubbed-the-best-of-the-best-famous-bentong-coffeeshops-signature-drink-a-product-of-many/#UXjIaGpv0BTuUOjV.99

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