Sunday, August 29, 2010

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol

Penang is famous for its Teochew Chendol and there are a few stalls selling it along the Penang Road. It's hard to determine which is the best so I did some research before I arrived at Penang.

The most famous stall is at Jalan Keng Kwee, off Penang Road. The stall is located at an alleyway beside Joo Hoi Cafe.

This stall is always fully packed from afternoon until late evening. Everyone seems to throng this place continuously. A bowl of Chendol cost RM 1.80 and take away cost a bit more at RM 2. Everyone has to stand and savour their Chendol as there are no chair and table to make them comfortable (and no one seems to mind standing).

The workers here are very efficient and able to come out with the order in a matter of minutes even though there are a lot of orders from all directions.

There is also another "imitation" stall operating right opposite the famous one selling the same product. However, this stall register a lot less customer than the famous stall. I believe the owner should move to another location as there is no point keep competing with the famous stall as he is obviously the big loser on this alleyway. The only advantage this stall has is the availability of chairs and tables for his customers.

The chendol here comprises of green pandan made from rice flour together with red beans, coconut milk and shaved ice topped with palm sugar (gula melaka). It is an excellent thirst quencher under the scorching sun.

The chendol from this stall don't have a thick santan (coconut milk) but is compensated with a lot of palm sugar to make it tastier. They are pretty generous in the amount of the chewy green pandan rice flour and red bean.

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol received recognition from Phua Chu Kang and Rosie. Somehowe the owner and Phua Chu Kang shared something in common, a mole at the right cheek.

6 comments:

dong ho said...

when the store is full packed it simply means it has good yet cheap foods.

Bengbeng said...

to me the imitation store is also ok.. after all how much difference can there be when the basic ingredients are the same

TZ said...

To my surprise when i saw the scene during Chinese New Year... you never want to eat the Cendol :p

aud said...

I first tried the one with PCK, quite good but left me a little disappointed since expectations were high. Then later when the wait was too long so I tried the one opposite - surprise surprise, it tasted better! Esp the ABC. So it was a pleasant surprise :)

SJB said...

Oooooo I want chendol.

M-Knight said...

yeah 1 of the best in Penang....

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