Gula Melaka (palm sugar) and coconut milk is a match made in heaven. Add to it strands of green-pea pandan vermicelli and shaved ice, and you have a delectably refreshing dessert. The more coconut milk added, the thicker the concoction and the creamier the flavour – much preferred. Roadside cendol stalls can still be found but the old-fashion way of shaving ice on a wooden ice shaver is gone.
Try these (expect to pay 20 sen more for takeaway):
Cendol Meru Special (017-5635637)
Jalan Bukit Meru (in front of the mosque), 10.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Basic – RM1.40; with pulut (sweetcorn) or kidney beans – RM1.70; with pulut & kidney beans – RM2. These prices are for takeaway.
Jaya Cendol (016-5502558)
Menglembu in front of Maybank; 10.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m. everyday.
Regular – RM1.60; with pulut – RM1.90; with pulut & kidney beans – RM2; with sweet corn – RM1.90; and the Cendol Special – RM2.20.
C.T. Corner (CT stands for cendol tulen)
Along Jalan Raja Musa Aziz across from Kamdar, 10.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.; Friday closed between 12.30-2.30 p.m.
The friendly owner S.M. Shahul Hameed, sells his cendol for RM1.40. Extra if kidney beans, pulut or sweet corn is added. RM1.80 with one addition; RM2.20 for two; and RM2.60 for three.
Ais Cendol Kacang Sedap
Across from Maybank Ipoh Garden.
A little bit more lemak. RM1.40 for a regular bowl and RM1.60 with pulut
Restoran Ansari Famous Cendol
92 Jalan Barrack, Taiping.
There’s always a crowd at Taiping’s famous cendol shop. Biasa – RM1.10; RM1.20 with kidney beans; RM1.50 with pulut; with both – RM1.80.
Cendol Istimewa Murugan
Located at car park of Tesco Extra (formerly Makro), Bercham.
Open daily between 1.00-5.00 p.m. RM2.50 a bowl with pulut/sweetcorn/kidney beans. Takeaway RM2.50 -RM3.00 depending on ingredients ordered.