Chaiwalla & Co is Malaysia’s first container cafe, introduced by founder Mr Nazrul Hakim Putra. He has been a sailor in his own ship for thirteen years and decided to open a cafe selling “honest tea”, yet he still loved the containers used on ships and settled with a combination of a container and a cafe. Best of both worlds.
Located along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, next to the parking lot and near famous banana cake at Hiap Joo Bakery (read my review here), this black container is quite easy to locate. Often, the queue at Hiap Joo is too long that many people would grab a drink at Chaiwalla first. What a strategic location.
Apparently, Chaiwalla & Co is eco-friendly as well as they utilised real shipping container and reclaimed wood.
However, when I went there yesterday, Chaiwalla & Co suddenly vanished out of sight as the black and sleek container was not at the usual place anymore. I then realized they have shifted to the other side of the parking lot, next to Maco Vintage cafe and there is no more sitting area for people to chill. I wonder whether this location would be permanent, I believe they’re forced to shift due to lack of parking space.
The interior of the container is mostly wooden, simple and elegant.
The staffs were all very bubbly and cheerful, with smiles lit up on their faces all the time. This should be the spirit of the working generation haha.
Chaiwalla & Co Large Original Thai Milk Tea with Pearls (RM10.30)
This is Chaiwalla & Co’s signature drink, so of course I had to try this first and resisted the temptation to choose from the wide array of base and flavour. Ooh, it was so refreshing under the sweltering hot sun, and the fragrance of the tea was just right. Also, I like the fact that I could still choose my sugar level as I remember authentic Thai milk teas in Thailand are always overly sweet.
The pearls were surprisingly good too, softer and chewier than all the other pearls from ChaTime and GongCha. :O The only complaint that I have is that it’s not cold enough, maybe due to the fact that the weather was scorching hot and melted the ice cubes too quickly. Also, at RM9.30 per cup plus additional RM1 for toppings, it is definitely pricier than the usual bubble tea shops.
Chaiwalla & Co has a wide selection of customizable drinks, where you can choose your base, flavour, toppings and sugar level. I am not a fan of Chai tea but they do serve that if you’re a Chai fan. And if you’re up for some small bites, they have pies and brownies to satisfy your cravings as well. 🙂
Chaiwalla & Co Container Cafe JB
Lot 2810, Tan Hiok Nee Street, 80000 Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 12 735 3572
Mon-Thu: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri-Sat: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am