Our passion for street cuisine is unrivalled among Malaysians. And, considering our tropical climate, there’s a good possibility it’ll be hot and sunny almost every day. When you combine the two realities, you get cendol, which is the ideal way to cool down on a hot day. With that, Glitz is serving sweet treats, icy, with the best cendol spots in KL and Klang Valley!
Let’s talk about the basics if you don’t know what cendol exactly is. Cendol is a delicacy that consists of a bowl of shaved ice topped with coconut milk, palm sugar syrup, and green rice flour jelly.
This famous sweet delicacy is available from a variety of street sellers around Malaysia. Each vendor’s dish is unique, with each one adding its own spin to the dessert. Glutinous rice, corn, red azuki beans, and even durian, which is especially popular when the fruit is in season, are just a few examples.
1. Gerai Minum Weng Kee
|Address||Medan Selera, Jln Othman, Pj Old Town, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor|
|Operating Hours||Wednesday to Monday (8am – 8pm), Tuesday (closed)|
Gerai Minum Weng Kee, notably Aunty Peggy and her bowl of concoctions, are well-known in the peaceful neighbourhood of PJ Old Town and its environs. She sells both ABC and cendol, each of which has its own fan base. Because it has been operating for a long time, it is largely frequented by regulars, demonstrating its high level of quality and consistency.
2. Nyonya Cendol Café
|Address||CC-32, Concourse Floor, Tropicana Gardens Mall No, 2A, Persiaran Surian, Tropicana Indah, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor|
|Operating Hours||Every day (10:30am – 10pm)|
Nyonya Cendol Café’s main dish is painstakingly crafted utilising ingredients created by hand every day, earning it a reputation as one of the greatest cendols in town. Every day, thirsty people flock to their doors for creamy coconut milk and particularly thick and juicy pandan jelly. And, because the café is in a mall, it’s a lot simpler to find than roadside kiosks!
3. Cendol Pak Akob
|Address||Hentian Bas Selangor Gerai No.7,Medan Selera Majlis, Jalan Gembala 19/9, Seksyen 19, 40300 Shah Alam, Selangor|
Cendol Pak Akob is well-known among Shah Alam locals as a fantastic spot to quench their thirst on a particularly hot day, and even years after they’ve set their booth there, it still draws enormous crowds. Not only do they provide traditional cendol, but they also have cendol pulut, cendol kacang, and cendol tapai (fermented rice) if that’s your thing. You may have to sit at the bus stop next to the stand because there aren’t many places to sit and enjoy your lovely frosty treat.
4. Ah Keong ABC & Cendol
|Address||21A, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur|
|Operating Hours||Every day (8:30am – 4pm)|
This cendol vendor is one of the city’s most popular, and a taste of their famous bowl will quickly explain why. Their thick, creamy santan, as well as the luscious green jellies and succulently sweet palm sugar syrup, set them apart from the competition. The fact that this kiosk has been operating for almost a decade proves that delicious cuisine does not go unnoticed! Don’t be shocked if long lines form for their delectable sweets.
5. Rojak & Cendol Mustaffa
|Address||Jalan 17/41, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor|
|Operating Hours||Every day (11am – 5:30pm)|
As you get closer to Petaling Jaya, you’ll come across Rojak & Cendol Mustaffa, a famous and well-known seller in the centre of the city. It may be found on the side of the road along Jalan 17/21 in Section 17. With two food trucks parked side by side, one selling rojak and the other selling cendol, it’s hard to miss. Choose the extra glutinous rice and you will not be disappointed.
6. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
|Address||Leisure Mall, L1-43 &, 44, Jalan Manis 6, Taman Segar, 56100 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur|
|Operating Hours||Every day (10am – 8pm)|
This little roadside business, which started on the streets of Penang, has gone a long way from its days alongside the road. They currently have stores in a slew of big shopping malls around the country, including seven in Selangor and four in KL! This simply goes to demonstrate how successful they have been, as well as how excellent their cendol must be. Try their durian cendol or even their white coffee cendol if you’re feeling brave.
7. Madras Lane Hawkers
|Address||2, Jalan 2, Kampung Cheras Baru, 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur|
|Operating Hours||Friday to Wednesday (8am – 2pm), Thursday (closed)|
The cendol booth in Chinatown’s Madras Lane Hawkers is considered an OG in its own right. Because it has largely functioned by word of mouth, nothing is known about the seller. However, the quality of its cendol is guaranteed, with its green rice flour jelly taking on a significantly lighter colour than many others on the list. This is due to the inclusion of a component known as sayur manis.
8. Cendol Sulaiman
|Address||Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur|
|Operating Hours||Every day (8:30am – 5pm)|
If you like cendol, you must visit Sulaiman’s cendol shop in Pudu. It’s easy to see why it’s been dubbed the most famous cendol. All of the cendol’s separate components are perfectly balanced, with just enough of everything and not too much of nothing.
The mild saltiness of the Santan adds a special touch to Sulaiman’s cendol, making you want to order another bowl. If you want to get fancy, add creamed corn, glutinous rice, or kidney beans, but the original is always excellent.