Let’s face it, Malaysian weather has and always will be unpredictable. It can be either scorching hot or raining cats and dogs. Sure, we get nice cloudy days and normal rain every now and then. But lucky for us, even if we are facing (insanely) hot weather, there are always ice-cold desserts coming to the rescue. Among them, of course, is a good old classic cendol. Here are 8 Cendol Spots To Try in Klang Valley listed in alphabetical order!
1) Best Cendol SS15 @ SS 15, Subang Jaya
Easy-on-the-mouth shaved ice, creamy Gula Melaka-drizzled coconut milk, chewy cendol strands and all the usual ingredients in a bowl. You can enjoy the basic version or for something fulfilling, they also serve Cendol Pulut as well. And while you are at it, don’t forget to pair your ice-cold cendol with a plate of flavourful rojak.
Address: Jalan SS 15/4G, SS 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 7 pm
2) Big Baba @ Taman Desa
This family-owned restaurant serves authentic Peranakan cuisine like Chilli Garam Prawns, Ayam Buah Keluak and Itik Tim (braised duck in salted vegetable soup). Don’t forget to end your meal with a sweet note with their signature Ice Kacang or Cendol, with the latter deserving a thumbs-up for its fuss-free local dessert. Interestingly enough, they serve Gula Melaka on the side. That means you get to drizzle whatever amount of sweetness you want to be all over the cendol.
Address: 34, Jalan 2/109e, Taman Desa Business Park, 58100 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 11 am to 3 pm & 5.30 pm to 9 pm | Tel: 03-7987 7755
3) Cendol & Rojak Taman Bahagia @ Taman Bahagia
Believe it or not, this Cendol & Rojak truck has been operating for more than 30 years in Taman Bahagia and still counting. They basically have two types of cendol you can choose from, including Cendol Jagung + Kacang or Cendol Jagung + Kacang + Pulut. Expect generous portions of green cendol strands and other toppings loaded with the right amount of shaved ice and coconut milk.
Address: Jalan SS 2/5, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 5 pm
4) Durian King TTDI @ Pasar Besar Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Bored with the same old cendol? If you don’t mind paying extra for a bowl, you might want to try their signature Durian Cendol. Yes, it’s actually nothing new. And yet, it’s still worth mentioning here. First, you’ll get all the usual
suspects ingredients here including shaved ice, coconut milk, green cendol strands and thick red beans. But the star of the dessert here is the durian flesh sitting gloriously atop the shaved ice.
Address: 179, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 3 pm to 12 am & Sat 1.30 pm to 12 am | Tel: 016-274 6474
5) Kwong Wah Ice Kacang @ Happy Mansion
Beyond the hip cafe scene in the otherwise 1970s apartment blocks of Happy Mansion lies a good old-fashioned stall that sells ABC and cendol. But let’s talk about the latter, with the owner insisting on using Gula Melaka drizzled all over the shaved ice. Finally, you’ll get a generous topping of red beans and green cendol strands with delicious coconut milk on the side.
Address: No. 5, Block C, Happy Mansion, Ground Floor, Section, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 11 am to 6 pm | Tel: 012-550 0975
6) Nyonya Cendol @ Summit USJ & The Main Place
How often you find a cendol place that offers “money-back guarantee” if you are not satisfied with it? Well, here’s one for you: Nyonya Cendol, which has two outlets at Summit USJ and The Main Place in Subang Jaya. And here’s the thing about their cendol: You can expect a robust and creamy taste of fresh coconut milk while their green cendol strands are longer and thicker. This gives you more bites and a better mouthfeel. And just so you know, the cendol strands themselves are all homemade with no artificial colourings and preservatives whatsoever. The basic version is already good enough, even though you may want to try with additional toppings such as sweet corn and ice cream.
Address: (Summit USJ) LGX25, Lower Ground Floor, The Summit Subang USJ, Persiaran Kewajipan, USJ 1, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor. | (The Main Place) LG-08, Lower Ground Floor, The Main Place, Jalan USJ 21/10, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 10 am to 10 pm | Tel: 012-328 6278
7) Rojak & Cendol Mustaffa @ Seksyen 17
A favourite among many PJ folks, Rojak & Cendol Mustaffa serves nothing more than old-school local dessert. For the latter, expect a bowl of sweet and creamy cendol with all the usual ingredients — green cendol strands, coconut milk, red beans and sweet corn on a bed of shaved ice. Keep in mind they have only a few of chairs available for dine-in so it’s best to order a takeaway instead.
Address: Jalan 17/41, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 5.30 pm | Tel: 016-327 5176
8) Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol @ Pudu
Old but gold. That pretty much sums up this back alley cendol stall, which has been around for over 35 years. Located at Jalan Pasar Baharu in Pudu, you can enjoy an ice-cold bowl of cendol at an amazingly cheap price. The beauty of Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol lies in its simplicity. Nothing fancy. Just pure and simple. And that means you get all the expected ingredients of shaved ice, green cendol strands and coconut milk drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup. If you want to add topping(s), you can either go for their Cendol Kacang, Pulut or Jagung. They also offer Cendol Special, which comes loaded with different toppings.
Address: 13, Jalan Pasar Baharu, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 am to 5 pm