Malaysia Kopitiam was established in the year 2000. The word 'kopitiam' which is a local word means coffee shop. Leslie and Penny Phoon are the owners of Malaysia Kopitiam. Originally, from Ipoh, Perak, Leslie and Penny have traversed the globe from Ipoh to Melbourne to Washington DC to fulfill their ambitions of operating a successful Malaysian restaurant abroad. Penny is the main chef.
Many argue that the surest way to find out if a Malaysian restaurant is authentic is to benchmark its Po Piah, Satay and Roti Canai against Penang hawker stall standards. By Penang standards, Malaysian Kopitiam does fairly well.