As I was walking down Penang Road last weekend, it felt like this cendol stall was calling to me. Even with the myriad of other hawkers crowded on the busy sidewalk - fruits, chestnuts and so on - it was the cendol pulut that stood out.
I had just finished my lunch not fifteen minutes earlier. I'll grab a bowl of this on my way back, I thought. And the thought of that stall haunted me as I marched up and down the street, taking in the sights and sounds of the market.
My family had the same thought in mind, it seems. We gathered around the stall after we had finished the stretch of stores on Penang Road, deciding how many bowls to get. We got three bowls of cendol pulut between us, and grabbed a seat on the pastic stools behind the stall. You can opt between a takeway (in a cup) or having it on the spot, served in a plastic bowl.
The cendol man was quick; within a minute, we were happily digging into our desserts. The cendol was delicious. The balance of ingredients was just right - the cool, icy coconut milk sweetened by gula melaka, interspersed with fluffy chunks of glutinous rice (pulut), green noodle jelly and kidney beans. I'm not a big fan of kidney beans, I'll admit. But for this, I downed most of it!
The location isn't too difficult to find. The stall is located right next to the Pasar Chowrasta building, just opposite the police station. Apparently, the stall has been on this very same spot for the past 15 or so years! I am no great judge of cendol, especially not in the food haven that is Penang Island. But this bowl of icy sweetness really hit the spot.