Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul - Penang
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
Location: No. 27-29 Lebuh Keng Kwee, Penang
Contact: (+60) 4-261 8002
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-7.00pm. Sat-Sun 10.00am-7.30pm
Penang Chendol. For those not familiar with this popular Asian dessert - It is basically a mixture of gula melaka, coconut milk, chendol (the pandan infused green 'noodles'), shaved ice and red beans. The workers at this cart make the chendol incredibly fast. Probably within less than 10 seconds it was served. I hate to be a party pooper, but overall I found this to be a pretty lackluster version of chendol. The aspect I found most lacking was the flavour and aroma of good quality gula melaka (palm sugar). Instead, I found it to be quite bland, and nothing out of the ordinary. Although I found the quality lacking, this desset is certainly a perfect remedy for the blistering heat of Penang.
Price: RM2.00. 6/10
Conclusion - There is something about eating in a dirty alley that constantly appeals to me. But I must say, on this occasion I felt a little deflated. The cart owner has built up an incredible reputation over the many years, but perhaps the standard of chendol has subsequently dropped. Personally, I didn't find there to be anything outstanding or special about this chendol, compared with other chendol's I've eaten in Singapore and other countries. The reputation exceeds the reality, for me.
Food - 6/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 7/10