Melaka isn’t just about visiting the historical sites but is also a good destination for trying some of their local food specialities. The same also goes for their local desserts, which include the famous cendol! And given the erratic weather these days, it’s time to beat the heat at these 8 Cendol Places in Melaka.
Here’s a popular cendol spot in Melaka that needs no introduction. Purists might baulk at the idea of enjoying cendol in a plastic container instead of a traditional bowl. But if you can get past that, there are plenty of assorted cendols to try here. Think of them as a contemporary take on the old-fashioned cendols, where they include toppings like longan, mango, sea coconut or even fruit cocktail. What’s unique about their cendol is their soft and smooth shaved ice, almost reminiscent of a bingsu-like texture.
Address: 26, Jalan Kampung Hulu, 75200 Melaka.
This well-reviewed Restoran Baba Ang serves plenty of great and yes, authentic Nyonya dishes, namely Ayam Buah Keluak and Ikan Cili Garam. Then, there’s their cendol — a favourite among many customers, particularly the added sweet and fragrant Gula Melaka syrup. Not to mention it doesn’t taste overly sweet but just nice enough to finish off your robust Nyonya meal.
Address: 310, Jalan Parameswara, 75000 Melaka.
3) Jonker 88
Amidst the popular tourist-friendly destination of Jonker Walk lies, well, an equally popular restaurant called Jonker 88. A good place to stop by for indulging their bestselling Baba Laksa or Asam Laksa. And of course, don’t forget to cool down with their must-have Baba Cendol, thanks to the aromatic sweetness of Gula Melaka syrup. Their Baba Durian Cendol is just as good, which complements well with the rest of the ingredients.
Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
4) Cendol Jam Besar
Apparently, this otherwise simple-looking cendol stall has been operating for decades. Since 1952, to be exact, making Cendol Jam Besar (or Clock Tower Cendol) among the oldest cendol stalls in Melaka. You can easily spot the stall since it’s located just opposite the historical Red Clock Tower a.k.a. Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower. Expect reasonably-priced cendols, where they offer assorted varieties from Cendol Biasa to Cendol Jagung, Cendol Durian Pulut and Cendol Durian + Ice Cream.
Address: 8, Jalan Laksamana 1, Bandar Hilir, 75200 Melaka.
Most people are here for the famous Nyonya-style dumpling a.k.a. Nyonya chang. Their dumplings are made fresh on a daily basis, all packed with assorted savoury fillings in the butterfly pea glutinous rice wrapped with pandan leaves. But let’s not forget about their cendol too. Nothing fancy, just good ol’ finely shaved ice in coconut milk, complete with a few drizzle of Gula Melaka goodness, pandan cendol strands and red beans. And if you are a fan of durian, their Durian Cendol comes highly recommended too.
Address: 52, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
Bibik House Chendol only sells two types of cendols and that includes Nyonya Cendol and Durian Cendol. The basic version alone is good enough for what it is and it helps that the amount of Gula Melaka syrup elevates the overall flavour. Not to forget their smooth shaved ice and homemade cendol strands, where the latter is uniquely served in a separate small plastic container.
Address: 121, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.
The Kappan House’s cendol is one of the must-try items on the menu. And frankly, it’s easy to see why. They only insist on using natural pandan leaves to make the cendol strands. Other essential ingredients like red beans and coconut milk are respectively soft and milky, which goes well with a bowl of shaved ice drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup. Best of all, their cendol isn’t too sweet and reasonably priced too.
Address: 20, Jalan Tukang Besi, 75200 Melaka.
8) Christina Ee
Christina Ee is where you can shop for their famous handmade pineapple tarts. But that’s not all they are known for. Christina Ee’s range of cendols is equally must-tries, beginning with their Traditional Nyonya Cendol. They only use fresh coconut milk and pure Gula Melaka syrup. Even their cendol strands are deliciously homemade and they eschew canned red beans in favour of home-cooked varieties. Alternatively, there’s the Nyonya Durian Cendol, topped with fresh durian chunk.
Address: 29, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka.
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