Most residents of Taman Daya would know about these mobile cendol and fresh coconut juice stalls at the junction of Jalan Sagu 9 and Sagu 10. Suppiah had been running the stalls for 19 years at this street corner and his son Mani joined him.
The two stalls open at 9:00am and close at 7:00pm everyday. I was there on a Friday afternoon and there was a constant stream of customers of all races and ages. Most were regulars as they chatted with Suppiah and Mani like old friends.
Some ate the cendol and drank their fresh coconut on plastic stools along the five foot way. Many took away to enjoy the cendol and coconut juice at home.
Suppiah now runs the coconut juice stall.
Suppiah is very swift with that chopper. Three or four quick slashes, and the coconut is ready to serve!
This refreshing fresh young coconut for RM3.
Gentle scraping with the spoon shaved the tender coconut flesh off the inside of the green coconut. Delicious natural flavours, nothing more, nothing less, nothing added. Perfect.
A Chinese regular customer drove by and passed Suppiah a baby milk bottle which the latter promptly filled up with fresh coconut juice. When the customer was paying Suppiah, the latter responded "Free for your baby." It was such a everyday, matter of fact, pure and simple heartwarming gesture.
I asked the customer curiously "Can babies drink this?" as I thought that coconut juice is "too cooling". The gentleman replied that all his three children drank coconut juice since they were a year old. Coconut juice is good for digestion and strengthens the immune system, he added, before quickly getting back into his car with his children inside.
Mani runs the cendol stall. Mani hand shaves the ice block with a traditional ice shaving machine, something very few cendol stalls do nowadays.
Mani ladles in a cupful of syrupy gula Melaka.
Then a scoopful of coconut milk and pandan jelly "worms".
The green pandan jelly "worms" that cendol lovers love.
The take away version has a mix of shaved ice and ice cubes to keep the cup of cendol cold for a longer time. The usual "dine in" version served in a small bowl was similar to those in other cendol stalls.
Ice cold cendol and fresh coconut juice, the perfect combination to chase away the tropical afternoon heat.
Restaurant name: No name mobile street corner cendol and coconut juice stalls
Address: At the junction of Jalan Sagu 9 and Jalan Sagu 10 in Taman Daya, Johor Bahru
Hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm daily
Date visited: 9 Nov 2012