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Street Scene: Raining Desserts



We are well into rainy season in Penang, and while I previously wrote about how to escape the rain on the island, sometimes it's best to get your feet wet and wait in line with the locals at Lebuh Keng Kwee for a dessert of the colorful sweet ais kacang, or the famous cendol - a mix of white (coconut milk), brown (gula melaka - palm sugar) and green (pandan flavored rice flour in a jelly form).

Don't forget to bring your umbrella...or your red hat...




or your motorcycle helmet...


Or forget it all and get soaked like we did, escape to the the cover of the cendol stall, order an ais kacang, make an excuse that it is still too rainy to go anywhere else, order a cendol, then when the rain stops make another excuse that the puddles are too big, and order one more.  

You can find the Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol stall at the intersection of Penang Road and Keng Kwee Street, right outside of Joo Hooi Cafe. But we prefer the stall directly across the narrow street for ais kacang mixed with the soda drink, Sarsi, and all those extra red beans, sweet corn, and sea coconut.  Yum!

To see the aunties in action making cendol and ais kacang along Keng Kwee Street, watch our "Penang Street Food - Part 1" video.

12 comments:

debi said...

Aaah, Reese,
I so love your "enjoy the moment" ways; they usually end up being the best moments of life. I would be right there with you and have to order one more.
Your posts and videos make my mouth water.
p.s. Send some rain our direction.

seasonwithspice said...

You're welcome to visit Penang anytime and I promise to buy you an ice kacang - rain or shine:)

Christina S. said...

Great post, Reese. I love the ducked heads in the top picture. Isn't it funny how we all do that? I also love getting soaked - as long as I know there's a hot shower somewhere nearby. L.A. saw its first rains of the season last week. It was such a treat. Now the air is clear and golden, California at its best.

Cumuluscloud57 said...

Hey no pics of the rival from across!! I find the items on offer pretty similar in taste. Wonder who was first to ply this trade?

capturingpenang said...

Thanks Christina, I guess the Penang rains finally found their way over there. Mark's parents said it hasn't rained in Minnesota the entire fall.

capturingpenang said...

Haha, we were too comfortable sitting and eating at the rival's stall to get up to take a picture of it. Next time, Stephen.

Not sure who was there first, but the "famous cendol" stall is really taking over the area. They've had the Komtar Walk place for awhile, and now they have rented out another shophouse on Keng Kwee Street where they serve asam laksa.

Krista said...

I've tried the one across this famous cendol and really isn't too bad, you know. Plus point, you get a plastic stool to sit on! Beats standing about, jostling with others. That said, cendol in Penang is always good. The one at Komtar Walk - good too if you just want to lol about a hot day. ;-) Hope you and Mark are doing great. Just got back from Kuching.

seasonwithspice said...

Your hands won't get sticky if you get to sit down with a table - another plus point:) Great hearing from you Krista!

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Tim the Traveler said...

Of the two cendol stalls on Keng Kwee Street, one is favoured by true-blue Penangites and another by out-of-towners. I won't say which is which, but if you visit both stalls, you will see the one favoured by people from outside Penang having photos of outside-Penang movie stars. As a true blue Penangite, I say the cendol of the other stall is better.

Season with Spice said...

We couldn't agree with you more, Tim, thanks

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