There always been a contradictory debate on where to find the best cendol in Penang. I find it difficult to define the word “best” as there are too many options around and also each of us has our own taste and preference. Sometimes the best to me might not be the best for others. For those who are members of my “Penang Food Directory” group in Facebook, you might notice there was a debate going on asking for Penang’s best cendol. Until now there is no conclusion for it.
As to me, a bowl of good cendol depends on the cendol slices and also the mixture of the syrup. There is one cendol shop that I keep going back after so many years is the New Cendol House shop located at Sri Rambai, Bukit Mertajam. I started to blog about this place since 2008.
The building of this place is still the same compared to 2008 but the price of the cendol has since increased. It used to be RM1.50 per bowl and now it costs RM1.80 per bowl.
Cendol – RM1.80, the mixture inclusive of cendol, red bean, sweet corn, ice blended with brown sugar syrup and coconut milk.
One thing good about the cendol here is the texture of the cendol was soft and fresh. The cendol had the scent of pandan leaves. Another highlight was the syrup did not contain artificial flavoring/coloring. Instead it used brown sugar which was more healthy.
Laksa – RM3.00, a bowl of laksa inclusive of fish slices, mint leaves, lettuce onion slices and laksa noodle. A good bowl of laksa is never complete without a spoonful of shrimp paste.
The taste of the laksa was very thick and the aroma of the fish was also very strong. The spiciness level was moderate. With the addition of shrimp paste, the taste of the laksa tasted even better. For those who prefer more spiciness, you may request for additional bird’s eye chili slices.
Nasi Lemak – RM1.20, besides the laksa here, the nasi lemak was also one of the delicious food here. The taste of rice was rich with coconut milk flavor while the sambal was cooked with anchovies. The nasi lemak was served together with 1/2 of an hard-boiled egg.
Overall, the taste of cendol here still remains the same as it is 4 years back. There are plentiful of parking slots available surrounding the shop lot. The price of the food here considered reasonable even it was hiked from 2 years back but the taste of the food was acceptability good.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 11:30am – 7:00pm (7 days a week)
Address: 17, Jalan Tembikai, Bukit Mertajam, 14000 Penang
GPS: 5° 36′ 44.74″ N, 100° 44′ 54.04″ E
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