There are many Chinese translations for chendol / cendol / chendul and i honestly thought the above, 煎蕊, was by far the best i have seen with insightful explanation on the words' relevance to the popular dessert.
Notwithstanding the above, i have always maintained that active advertising, nice decoration etc can only do so much to a dining establishment. It's the taste of the food that really matters eventually.
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul (yes, that's the name of the shop) seemed to attract a lot of curiosity from passersby and i guess it was appropriate to fulfill our dessert there after a filling meal at Bornga Korean BBQ next door.
Teochew Chendol Original
Compared the above picture with the first photograph at the beginning of this post and you would roughly guess i wasn't too pleased with over-watery chendol.
Established in 1936 with a history spanning almost eighty years, it would be unfair to judge a dessert based on its appearance.
Slurping the contents as if i was drinking a bowl of soup, i must admit it was a mess-free indulgence and honestly a very balanced tasting chendol that had elements from two of my favourite chendol stalls in Singapore. Gula Melaka was slightly tastier in Jin Jin while the green chendol (the green stuff) was marginally better at Changi Village.
This wasn't on the chef recommendations and i could not quite remember why we decided to buy this. Guess it was always nice to eat something deep fried to accompany a cold dessert.
The popiah was definitely nothing to scream about.
It was surprisingly the laksa dip that had a lasting impression on us. The taste was assam-like and the popiah tasted more flavourful with that uniquely sourness once it was soaked in the dip!
Lot No MF-19A,
Level 3 Johor Bahru City Square,
106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook
Teochew Chendol Original - RM 5.90
Fried Popiah - RM 8.90
[Subject to GST]
The Teochew Durian Chendol that the Great Kon totally enjoyed had a much better appearance with a small mound of ice shavings!