Penang Famous Cendol

Penang cendol is another Malaysian classic to add to your must-try Penang food bucket list!

A simple dessert of shaved ice, coconut milk, gula melaka, beans, and cendol; the dessert was popularized by Penang Road Cendol, a famous stall-turned-chain.

However, there are plenty of other Cendol stalls to get your fix; so read on as we list out amazing cendol on both the island and mainland!

Table Of Contents:

  1. Cendol Asli Pak Haji
  2. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
  3. Penang Road Famous Chendol
  4. Cendol Pulut At Jalan Chowrasta
  5. Ais Tingkap
  6. Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Cendol At Tan Jetty
  7. Relau 88 Laksa And Ice Kacang
  8. Kulim Best Cendol
  9. Cendol Casa Prima

9 Best Cendol In Penang

1. Cendol Asli Pak Haji

Just 2 minutes’ walk from Miami, a nice beach in Penang is Cendol Asli Pak Haji – a cendol stall that’s a hit among patrons.

Manned by the friendly Pak Haji himself, the Cendol Durian Pulut is a crowd puller with customers flocking to the roadside stall on most weekends.

Striking a perfect balance between sweet palm sugar and creamy coconut milk, there’s robust flavor in every scoop.

Cendol Asli Pak Haji Stall Penang
Cendol Asli Pak Haji Stall – photo is from their official Facebook page

The humble stall serves cendol in plastic drink cups with straws. Not exactly traditional, but very convenient.

You can try to bring your own tumbler and straw to avoid unnecessary plastic waste!

Cendol Pulut & Cendol Durian By Cendol Asli Pak Haji In Penang
Cendol Pulut & Cendol Durian By Cendol Asli Pak Haji In Penang – photo is from their official Facebook page

Many flavors are available at RM4-8 except for the original which costs RM3:

  • asli (i.e. original)
  • cempedak/ nangka (i.e. jackfruit)
  • mangga (i.e. mango)
  • jagung (i.e. corn)
  • kacang (i.e. beans/ nuts)
  • keladi (i.e. yam)
  • durian (All-year-round with frozen durians used off-season)

Location: Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm

Contact: +6018-409 0286

2. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Founded in 1936 by Mr. Tan Teck Fuang and currently managed by the sixth generation, Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul is now a widespread chain across Malaysia:

Penang Road Famous Chendol
Penang Road Famous Chendol – Photo by Travelswithsun

And perhaps the most touristy of all the cendol stalls on this list too!

Their cendol stands out with a bold Gula Melaka flavor and creamy rich santan that makes each bowl divine!

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul Is One Of The Penang Famous Food
Cendul From The Original Stall That Started Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul – photo credits to gengen.eataroundtheworld (Instagram)

If you can’t find it, just ask a local for the Penang famous cendol near KOMTAR! It is approximately a 5-minute walk to reach the stall from KOMTAR!

The queues are long and are often inevitable, but at only RM4.20 per bowl, it’s well worth the wait.

While you’re there, you can try their other signature menu items, assam laksa and rojak! Or something different like duck egg char koay teow from their other stall a few steps away!

Location: 4 2, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:30am to 7pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7:30pm

Contact: +604-262 6002

3. Penang Road Famous Chendol

You definitely didn’t read the name wrong!

Located along the same alley as their rival, you’ll find this stall on the left of the entrance.

Good Business At Penang Road Famous Chendol
Good Business At Penang Road Famous Chendol – photo credits to hf_lamda (Instagram)

Anyways, even if you accidentally choose this stall, you won’t be missing out as the cendol here is just as good. Some say it’s even better! With its bold gula melaka flavor!

The best part is there won’t be a long queue!

Location: 25, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 6pm

Contact: +011-230 28788

4. Cendol Pulut At Jalan Chowrasta

Around the corner from the building that houses Pasar Chowrasta (Chowrasta market):

This 20-year-old business that’s still going strong selling their cendol with pulut (i.e. glutinous rice) and fresh coconut milk!

The Cendol Pulut Stall At Jalan Chowrasta
The Cendol Pulut Stall At Jalan Chowrasta – photo credits to bajumurahdirectsupp (Instagram)

Add on kidney beans and green noodle jelly, each bowl is satisfyingly delicious.

They have other drinks for sale too. Like air sirap (sweet syrup added to water), air soya (soya milk) or air kelapa (coconut water) – all under RM3!

Note: Takeaways are in a cup and costs slightly more than dining in

Location: 1, Jalan Chowrasta, George Town, 10450 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 7pm

5. Ais Tingkap

At the other side of the Chowrasta market, is a family business that has been running for a few generations selling chilled drinks!

Ais Tingkap On Penang Road, A Penang Family Legacy
Ais Tingkap On Penang Road, A Penang Family Legacy – photo credits to encik_ude (Instagram)

Their signature pink beverage, the Ais Sarbat(RM2.50/cup), is a concoction of rose-flavored syrup, getah anggur, basil seeds, and coconut seeds, alongside other secret ingredients.

This drink is unique to Penang and hard to come by elsewhere, so it’s definitely worth the wait!

Ais Tingkap's Signature Air Sarbat In Penang
Ais Tingkap’s Signature Air Sarbat In Penang – photo credits to sya_hida05 (Instagram)

Aside from ais sarbat, they sell cendol with gula melaka, coconut water and other thirst-quenching drinks!

Note: Long queues are normal as they make the drinks in batches.

Location: 2, Lebuh Tamil, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 7pm

Contact: +6016-400 3310

6. Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Cendol At Tan Jetty

If the clan jetties of Penang are on your agenda, there is one cendol stall right at the entrance of Tan Jetty.

A bowl of Cendol at only RM3 makes the heat so much more bearable as you explore the jetties on foot!

Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Stall At Tan Jetty
Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Stall At Tan Jetty – photo credits to hociakshareshare (Instagram)

They have other cold desserts like ice kacang or tong sui (Chinese sweet soups with glutinous rice balls) if you want some variety!

Cendol From The Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Stall At Tan Jetty
Cendol From The Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Stall At Tan Jetty – photo credits to hociakshareshare (Instagram)

The char koey teow around here is not bad either!

Location: Tan Jetty, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:  Daily from 10am to 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 7.30pm

7. Relau 88 Laksa And Ice Kacang

Located away from the touristy hotspots in Penang, Relau 88 is a favorite cendol joint among locals.

Irresitable Cendol At RELAU 88
Irresitable Cendol At RELAU 88 – photo credits to theyummytheory (Instagram)

Their homemade palm sugar gives the creamy cendol a distinctive flavor unlike other cendol in Penang.

Besides, other than serving cendol, Relau 88 is one of the best places to have authentic Penang laksa too! As well as deep-fried popiah, curry puffs, and ice kacang!

And with lush bushes and ornamental plants around, Relau offers a unique dining experience within a botanical garden.

There are plenty of seats to savor your meal at this open-air family restaurant.

Location: Persiaran Paya Terubong 2, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12 to 6pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)

Contact: +6012 – 4422006

8. Kulim Best Cendol

Cendol Penang is not limited to the island alone.

This roadside stall by an old Malay couple at Bukit Mertajam uses fresh coconut milk for their classic rendition of cendol with firm red beans!

Kulim Best Cendol Stall In Penang
Kulim Best Cendol Stall In Penang – photo credits to ruthvictoria_kavi (Instagram)

A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness of the gula melaka they use, and you even have the option of adding pulut (i.e. black glutinous rice) too!

The cendol here trends towards the sweeter side, so go ahead and request for “less sugar” to dial down the calories.

Kulim Best Cendol In Penang
Kulim Best Cendol In Penang – photo credits to ruthvictoria_kavi (Instagram)

Customers can sit at the plastic tables and chairs around the stall.

And be sure to try their reputable pasembur as well!

Location: No 12, Tingkat Tenang, Taman Tenang, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 5:30pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +6012-589 4290

9. Cendol Casa Prima

If you like your cendol with a thinner consistency, then head over to Cendol Casa Prima:

Unlike conventional stalls that use coconut milk, Cendol Casa Prima uses condensed milk, which explains the runnier texture.

Fun Flavors At Cendol Casa Prima
Fun Flavors At Cendol Casa Prima – photo credits to madame_fatiaeusoff (Instagram)

Tucked away under a shaded canopy of trees, the cendol is served in a large ice-cream cup.

Another unique feature is that it’s served with ice cubes instead of shaved ice flakes!

Since the cendol is relatively cheaper, it’s not surprising to see students from the nearby university here!

The varieties here is mind-boggling, offering a refreshing twist to the regular cendol:

  • coco crunch
  • biasa kosong (i.e. original)
  • pulut
  • pulut special
  • jagung
  • kacang
  • nata

Location: 13700 Perai, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)

Contact: +6013-522 3628

Finding Authentic Cendol In Penang

Malaysia has a lot of other sweet treats besides cendol. You can learn more about them from our local guides!

Penang Tour - RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

More about our private tour service, RayTheTour:

  • MPVs and vans for transport
  • Make your own itinerary or leave it to our guides!
  • Flexible times between 8am to 8pm.
  • Pick-up from your hotel or even the airport before the tour.
  • Drop-off back to your hotel after the tour
  • Unlimited stops
  • Chinese-speaking and English-speaking guides
  • We do inter-city tours too! Like Penang to Ipoh and Ipoh to Cameron Highlands!

Further reading:

Conclusion

Delicious Penang cendol easily beats a hot day! It pairs particularly well with Penang assam laksa too! Or Penang nasi kandar for that matter.

Different stalls usually have their own way of preparing the dessert – with or without gula melaka, shaved ice and various toppings like corn and pulut!

There are plenty of great cendol stalls around Penang, and so you don’t have to stick to George Town for a fix during your stay!

Disclaimer: This site contains affiliate links. We may receive a small commission for purchases or bookings made through these links at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Similar Posts