Dr Leslie Tay •
24 Nov 2011 • 249 reviews • 562 followers
How should chendol be taken? With shaved ice or as a drink with crushed ice, like the ones they serve by the road side in Malaysia? In all my years of eating chendol, I have never asked that question. In fact, I did not ask that question until I visited this stall. I have decided, after taking this particular chendol that it should and must be taken in shaved ice without mixing all the ingredients together.
Let me explain why. When you eat chendol as a drink, everything is mixed up and all you get to enjoy is the taste of cold coconut milk with gula melaka. But when eaten without mixing everything up, you actually get to appreciate the different elements of the chendol plus the texture of the finely shaved ice and feel it melt in your mouth. This is particularly delightful when you have really good gula melaka. The lady boss at the stall, Helen is so particular about the gula melaka she uses that she would drive to Malacca to buy the best one there to bring home. She also makes the chendol herself.
The other important element is the freshly squeezed coconut milk and the quality extra large red beans she uses. For me, the most striking thing was the shaved ice and the gula melaka. So good, it has changed my perception of chendol