Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Chendul (Cendol)

a Penang, Malaysia specialty

Penang, Malaysia, is an island near the Thai border that is known for its incredible variety of delicious street food, food carts, and generations-old, family-run local restaurants. I spent only two nights in this incredible town but had to make the most of every meal.

Malaysia is a very diverse country, and this diversity is reflected in the food, which has its roots in Malay, Chinese, Indian, British, and Middle Eastern cuisine. In short, it is impossible to leave Malaysia hungry.

For dessert on our first night in Malaysia, my girlfriend took me out to get chendul. I had never been to Penang before, but my girlfriend had, so luckily she knew what to do, because you have to be quick when you order chendul! The line may look long, but the guys working at this famous dessert cart can throw a bowl together in, without exaggerating, about a second. As you are ordering, they are already moving at lightening speed mixing up crushed ice, sweet pandan palm flour noodles, red beans, and coconut milk into a bowl. 

These guys were crazy fast, and I only wish I could have recorded the whole thing.

they threw each bowl together in about one second in order to serve all of the customers

Served over ice, chendul is cool, sweet, and perfect for a muggy Malaysian evening.

This street-side chendul cart was opened up back in 1936, and has become one of the most iconic restaurants in all of Penang! The cart is nothing fancy, but it's the incredible food that puts them on the map.

The chendul may be served quickly, but making it is a slow process, and Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul is proud to say that their chendul stews for over four hours before being served, making sure that all of the flavors are mixed perfectly.

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

What to order
If it's your first time trying chendul, you've got to get the original. However, they have a few other flavors which look very interesting too. Durian chendul and white coffee chendul are so quintessentially Malaysian that they are both worth trying as well. Why not order all three?

RM 6.30 ($1.50) for a bowl of original chendul

4 2, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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