Friday, 13 November 2015

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang versus Penang Road Famous Chendol.Ais Kachang JK1293

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George Town, Penang has lots of famous eateries and interesting food. The simple cold dessert chendol is one of the most popular ones - it's a life saver when roaming the historic streets and fascinating alleys of Penang's tropical UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lebuh Keng Kwee (off Penang Road) might aptly be called Penang's chendol alley. Two popular street side chendol stalls operate opposite each other here, face-to-face for decades.

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Penang Road Famous Chendol.Ais Kachang (orange bowl)

Both are outstanding chendol stalls with long histories of over 60 years in this business. Each have their own loyal following. Both serve excellent chendol which will wow almost all Singaporeans (because we have nothing close to these in quality).

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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang (blue bowl)

Both have long queues that come in waves as tourists and locals come here in droves. The queue at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang (blue bowl) is more constant.

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But, both stalls serve customers efficiently and the queues are cleared very quickly. So, don't worry about the queues. Just join in the line and you will be served in no time by the friendly stall holders.

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You can enjoy your bowl of chendol standing (it's fun), seated under umbrellas at the stall (more comfortable) or take it inside to Joo Hooi coffee shop and eat it with the many other Penang style food sold here (e.g. Penang rojak, asam laksa, Penang prawn mee, Indian rojak, char kway teow, popiah etc).

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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang (blue bowl)

Alternatively, you can get your chendol at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang's air conditioned outlet just 50 steps further up Lebuh Keng Kwee. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang (blue bowl) has several outlets around Penang including one at Komtar Walk. Penang Road Famous Chendol.Ais Kachang (orange bowl) has only one street side stall (no other outlets).

The perennial question - which chendol is better?

It all boils down to subjective personal taste. So, all of us will have a different answer.

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Penang Road Famous Chendol.Ais Kachang's (orange bowl) chendol consists of generous amount of the green pandan worms, boiled red beans, and shaved ice in a bowl of creamy fresh coconut milk and caramelised palm sugar. Orange bowl's ice is shaved finer which I like as it melts quickly and I don't have to chew hard ice (which is bad for my sensitive teeth). I also like it that orange bowl's coconut milk is lightly salted, giving the sweet dessert a bit of saltiness for balance.

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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang stall's (blue bowl) chendol is almost identical. But blue bowl's ice is shaved a little coarser, so we have to bite some hard gritty ice. Blue bowl's coconut milk is sweetened with more palm sugar, so it is sweeter than orange bowl's. So, blue bowl is appealing especially for people with a sweet tooth.

So which is better, Tony? Give us a straight answer. Come on.

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I tend to like food that has more flavours and have it all well balanced in one dish. So, my personal preference is for orange bowl because it has a gentle complementary saltiness in the sweet coconut milk sweetened with palm sugar.

Aiyah, it's really not a relevant question lah.

Why just have only one chendol when you can have two? Come all the way to Penang already. Both blue bowl and orange bowl chendol are so brilliant. They come in small RM2.50 servings, so most of us can have two bowls easily. Just have one bowl of each and have double the enjoyment lah ;-D

Blue bowl, orange bowl. Which one is you favourite?

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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang (blue bowl)

Restaurant name: Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.Ice Kacang & Penang Road Famous Chendol.Ais Kachang
AddressLebuh Keng Kwee, (off Penang Road), George Town, Penang, Malaysia
GPS5.417240, 100.330615
Hours : Mon – Fri 10:30am - 7:00pm | Sat – Sun 10:00am - 7:30pm

No pork, no lard, no Halal cert

Date: 13 Nov 2015

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1 comment:

I firmly believe that taste is subjective and so, warmly welcome differing viewpoints :-D But, I disapprove negative comments that are anonymous or hide behind fake identities. I feel that that is the same as speaking ill of others behind their backs. I look forward to all your comments :-D Thank you. (Date: 18 Dec 2015)

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