Penang cendol is another Malaysian classic to add to your must-try Penang food bucket list!
You might have heard of Penang Road Cendol. A famous Penang cendol stall-turned-restaurant-chain that found success from the simple dessert of shaved ice, coconut milk, gula melaka, beans and cendol!
However, there is not just one place to get the best cendol in Penang! You can find amazing cendol in Georgetown, Bayan Lepas, the mainland and Batu Ferringhi!
Table Of Contents:
- Cendol Asli Pak Haji
- Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
- Penang Road Famous Chendol
- Cendol Pulut At Jalan Chowrasta
- Ais Tingkap
- Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Cendol At Tan Jetty
- Relau 88 Laksa And Ice Kacang
- Kulim Best Cendol
- Cendol Casa Prima
9 Best Cendol In Penang
1. Cendol Asli Pak Haji
Just 2 minutes’ walk from Miami, a nice Penang beach:
This humble stall serves cendol in plastic drink cups with straws. Which is not the traditional way but it’s convenient!
You can try to bring your own tumbler and straw to avoid unnecessary plastic waste!
Many flavors are available (RM4-8) except for the original (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 (seasonal)
2. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
Perhaps the most touristy of all in this list:
As this is the location of the original stall of Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.
Now a widespread local restaurant chain in many states of Malaysia, including Johor, Selangor and Perak!
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!
A bowl of their heavenly cendol costs RM3.50!
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!!
3. Penang Road Famous Chendol
You definitely didn’t read the name wrong!
It may be pure coincidence (most likely not) but this stall shares a similar name to the original Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul just across!
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!
4. Cendol Pulut At Jalan Chowrasta
Around the corner from the building that houses Pasar Chowrasta (Chowrasta market):
Is a 20-year-old business that’s still going strong selling their cendol with pulut (i.e. glutinous rice) and fresh coconut milk!
Takeaways are in a cup and costs slightly more!
They have other drinks for sale too. Like air sirap (sweet syrup added to water), air soya (soya milk) or air kelapa (coconut water)! And all under RM3!
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 Sarbat is their signature pink beverage (RM2.50/cup) with rose flavored syrup, getah anggur, basil seeds and coconut strips! And other secret ingredients!
Aside from ais sarbat, they sell cendol with gula melaka, coconut water and other thirst-quenching drinks!
6. Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Cendol At Tan Jetty
If the clan jetties of Penang are in your agenda:
There is one cendol stall right at the entrance of Tan Jetty. A bowl of this will make the heat much more bearable as you explore the jetties on foot!
They have other cold desserts like ice kacang or tong sui (Chinese sweet soups with glutinous rice balls) if you want some variety!
The char koey teow around here is not bad either!
7. Relau 88 Laksa and Ice Kacang
Other than being one of the best places to have authentic Penang laksa, Relau 88 serves cendol too! As well as deep fried popiah, curry puffs and ice kacang!
Their homemade palm sugar gives the creamy cendol a distinctive flavor unlike other cendol in Penang.
There’s plenty of seating to enjoy your meal at the open-air family restaurant.
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 red beans!
A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness of the gula melaka they use! There’s the option of adding pulut (i.e. black glutinous rice) too!
Customers can sit at the plastic tables and chairs around the stall. Be sure to try their reputable pasembur as well!
9. Cendol Casa Prima
Cendol Casa Prima does not use coconut milk. Instead, they used condensed milk. Which gives the cendol a runny consistency.
You might like it if you don’t like your cendol too sweet! The cendol is cheaper than most because they used ice cubes.
And hence, it’s not surprising to see students from the nearby university here!
Flavors they have:
- coco crunch
- biasa kosong (i.e. original)
- pulut special
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!
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Delicious Penang cendol easily beats a hot day! It pairs particularly well with Penang assam laksa too!
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!
And you don’t have to stick around Georgetown to find a popular stall either!