Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ansari Cendol on 11.9.2011; Bismillah Cendol on 11.12.2011; Penang Road Famous TeochewChendul on17.10.2010

Taiping has two very popular cendol stall. Bismillah Cendol and Ansari Famous Cendol. Both of them are located very near to each other on Barrack’s Road.
The Ansari cendol is reportedly as the oldest cendol family in town. They have been in business for nearly 70 years.The founder Abdul Kader who came from Chennai in India, opened one of the earliest cendol stalls in Taiping near Bismillah Restaurant in the early 1940s. It was later known as Bismillah Cendol or Taiping Cendol. Later, his son-in-law, Ansari Abdul Rahman took over the business, renamed and relocated it to its current premises. The outlet is being manned by Ansari's son-in-law, Sikkander.
This cendol trader trekked into the 21st Century. Before the Second World War, a bowl of cendol costs between one and three sen. 40 sen per bowl in the year of 1960. They have a small little corner of a shop-lot just to cater for their customers. Their business hour is from 10.30a.m -6p.m. No fixed off days.
A visit to the town of Taiping is never complete without a taste of the famous Taiping cendol. After a satisfying lunch on 11.9.2011, our next destination was Ansari Famous Cendol. It is a good dessert to cool down from the afternoon heat.
RM1.10 for a plain bowl. RM1.20 for a bowl with cendol and red beans. RM1.50 for a bowl with cendol and pulut. RM1.60 for a bowl with cendol, red bean and pulut. A perfect sweet treat on a sunny day. In a hot weather like our country, this is something not to be missed.
The food in the above photo is pulut (glutinous rice). The specialty cendol in Taiping is cendol with red bean and pulut beras.
A bowl of cendol with coconut milk, brown sugar syrup, red beans and glutinous rice. Typical Indian type of cendol. Too bad the cendol strands are too soft for our liking.
They also sell Pasembor, an Indian Rojak. It only costs RM2.60. Really cheap, right? Even though our stomachs were full, we still had a try.   
The pasembor is from the stall next to Ansari cendol. The pasembor tastes average and good to go with the cendol.
The price list. Super cheap. This Cendol stall may have been known by Taiping local people.If you are not sure about the location of the stall, feel free to ask any of the locals for Bismillah or Ansari Cendol and you will be directed there.


Bismillah Cendol is one of the popular cendol at Taiping. It is located nearby Taiping hospital on Jalan Barrack. is slightly better, as it is more creamy and not too sweet.
Cendol is a sweet dessert made up of starch noodles, coconut milk, palm sugar and shaved ice. This one comes with red beans too.
Business is very good here. Luckily we still manage to find a table to sit on 11.12.2011 after heavy lunch. There are also a pasembor stall in the shop and a laksa cart just outside.
The strips of cendol is fragrant with distinctive pure pandan flavour. The cendol is made fresh at the back of the stall. Overall, it is not as good as Penang’s Teochew cendol. Dad and mom prefer cendol with more gula Melaka taste. 
Cendol is actually made from rice flour with pandan(screwpine) leaves green colour and fragrance.
A machine which used to cook the cendol. An episode of Ho Chiak (8TV) aired years ago.They too introduced this place.
The price list. Very resonable price. Even though the cendol in Taiping is not as good as cendol in Penang, but we still enjoy our food journey. The cendol here can be considered historical food stall in Taiping.    

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Penang Road Famous cendol has opened its branch in Komtar Walk. Another option places for customer to get a taste of their cendol not only morning but night as well.   
This cendol shop is located near the Komtar pedestrian crossing bridge.
We made our visit to Komtar walk to enjoy the famous Teochew cendo on 17.10.2010. It was our second visit.
We love the ambiance and interior design of old kopitiam style.
Talk about cendol in Penang, the Penang Road famous Teow Chew cendol roadside stall will come to dad and mom's mind. Recently, the stall owner has purchased a shoplot just a short walk down the lane, where you can have your cendol in an air-conditioned comfort.
Due to their popularity, they have expanded their business and there are several locations in the island currently. The branches in Penang are Komtar Walk, Prangin Mall and Sunshine Farlim, Air Itam.
RM2.50 a bowl. The price here is slightly more expensive as we are paying for the environment. Definitely dissapointed. The taste is a bit different from the stall in Penang road. We love the sweet, refreshing cendol with gula melaka from Penang Road stall.   
Girls, we have become big fans of this dessert called cendol. During our food journey, the first dessert we crave for is always cendol. The food journey above will be our memories for life. Dad and mom still could remember the laughter through the whole journey.

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