Back in the early days of November 2012, I was staring lazily at my laptop and aimlessly tweeted my sweet craving for a dessert so uniquely Penang. CENDOL! Fast forward to few days after, the photo of cendol I posted on twitter gained 2,251 thumbs up, 322 shares and 94 comments from the followers of Penang State Tourism as its admin posted it on their George Town Penang facebook account. Of course, it’s not my photo but the people’s fondness for cendol that’s incredibly amazing! It felt so good I wasn’t alone craving for cendol! We’re almost an army! hahaha!
Truth be told, I enjoyed that tiny bowl of cendol inside a comfy restaurant along Jalan Penang and it’s not the same cendol everyone was raving about! Nonetheless, the taste and the flavor of this traditional Malaysian dessert was all there. And it’s more satisfyingly good that it looks on my photo.
Another chance to sample cendol came and I got to taste the version of a more popular local restaurant that’s deliciously served with vanilla ice cream. All my worries were melted with every heavenly scoop!
“The dessert’s basic ingredients are coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar. Other ingredients such as red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, creamed corn, might also be included.” -sourced via Wiki
Big deal! After almost 3 years of working and living with my wife and son in Penang, we finally tasted the ultimately famous cendol from a hawker stall tucked in one corner of Penang Road that local and foreign tourists and travelers crave for!
So how was our very first Jalan Penang Cendol experience? Apparently, Tina and Gabby liked it while I was left craving for another serving! The fusion of coconut milk and palm sugar was too perfect for my palate! It’s so refreshingly sweet!
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a pleasure-seeking tourist, a visit to George Town is incomplete without immersing your tastebuds to a heaping spoonful of cendol!
Burp! Until my next bowl!