Porcelain saucer

The ‘kopitiam’ (coffee shop) was a male-dominated meeting place where bachelors congregated for breakfast consisting of toast, eggs and a beverage. It has become an important feature of Singapore’s landscape since the 1950s.This is a porcelain saucer typically used for serving hot coffee and tea, often drunk with sugar and condensed milk. Customers would cool their beverage by pouring it into the saucer and drinking from it. Porcelain cups and saucers bearing floral motif prints or logos of the tea and coffee suppliers were distributed by the beverage companies together with coffee powder and tea leaves.

Date/Period
Late 20th century
Region
Singapore and Malaysia
Dimension
Object size: H2.7 x Diameter 15.2 cm
Accession No.
2006-01563
Material
porcelain
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Folklife Collection