Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cendul by the Penang Roadside

How often do you see roadside stalls on this little gem of an island, nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient?

The answer is: ALWAYS

But how many stalls do you with a crowd who stands in the middle of the road just to wait for a bowl of shaved ice with brown sugar and green gooey stuffs?

The answer is: ONLY ONE - Teochew Cendul on Penang Road
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Located along the sidewalk next to a coffee shop, you will not miss this aisle which is often spotted with a crowd so big that sometimes you wonder whether they are handing out freebies (I mean, how else can you attract a crowd like this here?)
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I am impressed with the crowd who did not seem to mind standing under the hot sun and constantly being honked by vehicles which made various attempts to steer their master skills through this narrow aisle.
The crowd just sashayed their way with equal skills while enjoying a bowl like this in their hand
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Cendul is supposed to be a commodity item; you can get it practically everywhere in Malaysia for about the same price, with the same ingredients.
So, what makes this so special?

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The answer lies in the brown sugar in the shaved ice.
Observe carefully, every bowl of cendul we get everywhere is laden with brown sugar and the shaved ice, topped with of course, the cendul (the green stuffs) with red beans.
However, this Teochew style cendul actually poured the Gula Melaka into the shaved ice and that made the whole bowl so enticing and irresistible!

No wonder people do not mind standing with the bowl under the hot sun here!

For something cooling and refreshing, you can also opt for a glass of wheatgrass juice to relieve that thirst
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The wheatgrass is a type of plant; whereby the juice is extracted to make this drink with reputed cooling effects
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There are 2 stalls along this aisle, facing each other and if you are not sure which one is the original, just follow the crowd - it's hard to miss
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Check out their website too; their increasing popularity has expanded to our capital where they have their franchise outlet in Giant (Subang)

You don't leave Penang island without tasting the famous Teochew Cendul

13 comments:

  1. yes.... always crowded with people.

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  2. Now they have accomodate a place for their customer to sit just a few steps ahead of their stall.

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  3. the joys of having cendol by the roadside and crowded with ppl makes it even more fun!!

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  4. Eat at road side is fun coz can taste the "NATURE" which is the bas kilang smoke, noisy environment and dusty!

    hahaha .... it has been that way since they started. Is my favorite stall though.

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  5. ah......you make me crave for chendol now. Yum Yum, sweet, lemak & fragrant with coconut milk.

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  6. I always go there for cendol when I'm in Penang. But I don't like standing by the roadside...so crowded! I like to enjoy the cendol in their shop just down the road. :D

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  7. Oh yess - i love this cendol and try never to miss it when i'm in Penang!
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  8. I could say this is the best cendol in town. Two thumbs up !!!

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  9. Wow, looks really good. Gotta try if I ever do drop by in Penang. The problem is when I go Penang I don't know where got good food. Sigh. BUt anyway, I think it's been a while since I last went there.

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  10. i reckon the secret to not just good but GREAT cendol is in the coconut, the gula melaka AND the green cendol! haha... coz even if gula melaka is excellent, if the cendol is not soft and freshly made, or the coconut is not thick enough, also tak boleh lah.. .rite? this one looks great though - if i come to penang, you take me k? :P

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  11. i like to eat this stall cendol...
    really deliciuos~~

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  12. So, open in Subang already? By the way, what's the website?

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  13. yeah, no trip to penang is complete without a visit to this stall...

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