Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul isn't lying when it says its famous. This place draws a crowd. From locals who have known about it for years, to the eager tourists who have researched it on Trip Advisor and keep checking to make sure that they're actually at the right stall. All you need to do is look for the crowd and you know you're at the right place.
There are actually two locations, about 20meters down the road from each other. The first is the original stall. a covered card surrounded by plastic buckets that double as both storage and stools. Multicoloured containers sit at the front of the stall, each a different ingredient to be slurped or nibbled as part of a bowl of cendol or ice kacang. Above the stall is a giant mural of a boy eating a bowl of cendol made from multicoloured geometric shapes the reflect the colourful desserts the cart serves up.
Two ladies work behind the cart taking orders and selecting the correct ingredients with precision while dishes are quickly washed in a bucket nearby for the next person to come get their feed.
The namesake of the cart is its cendol. The sweet liquid of coconut and palm sugar is poured over shaved ice and a generous serving of noodles coloured with pandan and red bean. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so. The noodles are soft and can be slurped right down, while the red bean adds more texture and flavour. It's the perfect representation of Malaysian sweets.
The other dish is ice kacang. It's also perfect on a sweaty Penang day. A pile of shaved ice is coloured with pink syrup and topped with a bright assortment of palm seeds, red bean, corn and grass jelly. For the unfamiliar it can be a little daunting, but it's sweet and refreshing and definitely something you have to try at least once in Malaysia.
At the original stall, you'll most likely be eating standing on the street, holding your bowl in one hand, spoon in the other and passing it back to be washed as soon as you're done. If you prefer sitting down while you eat then Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul have actually opened another store a few doors down. Here you'll find tables and chairs and a wider menu that also includes things like Penang laksa, Penang curry and rojak - all must-try dishes while you're on the island.
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul is open from 10:30am-7pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-7:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. A bowl of cendol or ice kacang will set you back about RM3.50. Penang Road Famous Teachew Chendul is located in Georgetown and just a short walk from other popular spots.