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
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?)
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
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?
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
The wheatgrass is a type of plant; whereby the juice is extracted to make this drink with reputed cooling effects
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
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