Cendol Padang Kilat @ Pasir Pinji, IpohJuly 9, 2010 | 9,227 views
For more than 30 years, this Indian uncle (K.Idrus) has been selling his brand of traditional Cendol with manually-shaved ice on Jalan Bunga Raya in Pasir Pinji in Ipoh ….
I have a confession to make. I seldom go for roadside cendol in Ipoh due to several reasons. One being my ignorance as to which stall in Ipoh serves the BEST or most renowned Cendol, and secondly the compromised hygiene issue.
Yup, as much as a Motormouth that I claim to be, sometimes the sight of blatant disregard to hygiene matters when a peddler is manning his stall is plain repulsive. We are not only talking about stained utensils, sloppily rinsed chopsticks, or greasy table tops here. But let’s not neglect the raging issue of personal hygiene (stained aprons, dandruff on shirts, long and grimy finger nails etc), and general up-keeping of one’s stall.
Anyway, when I was Googling about for other blogposts on this particular stall; aptly named Cendol Pasir Pinji near to Padang Kilat on Jalan Bunga Raya in Ipoh, I found this post. Then only I realized that the nails embedded into the underside of the wooden block used to shave the blocks of ice might have been rusted after all!
A bowl of refreshing Cendol with plentiful of red beans, and crunchy shaved ice chips.
Oh well, after a lip-smacking noodle fest at Ang Ang Mee Hailam Parit in Pasir Puteh, we adjourned to this stall for a palate cleanser in the form of Cendol; a perennial favourite when it comes to desserts in Malaysia. The other obvious contender being Ais Kacang (ABC) of course, but seldom do we find roadside ABC here in Ipoh.
That, or I could be living under a huge-a$$ rock all this while. Enlighten me, people ……
He performed his magic, running his stall with much passion and gusto. Everything served at his stall screamed homemade; from the wriggly worm-like strands made from rice/tapioca flour flavoured with ‘pandan’/screwpine leaves extract, the cloyingly sweet brown sugar syrup, and even the roasted pulut/glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves.
No matter how harsh the weather may be, sitting down under the shady trees and slurping on his creation never failed to satisfy. The cendol was short, stubby and of uneven shapes and sizes. Which was a plus, by the way; an indication that he did not source the faint green noodles from other suppliers. The kidney beans came in abundance, and the ice chips might not be as snowy fine like the ones produced from modern shavers, but lent a crunchy bite to every spoonful.
For RM0.50/USD0.15 extra you can request for the addition of ‘pulut’ or roasted glutinous rice. As pathetic as this may sound, I never had Cendol Pulut in Ipoh before. There were occasions when we relished Cendol Pulut from Bismillah and Ansari in Taiping, and prior to that, even a random backlane stall in Tapah. But never Ipoh. Geez …. and I called myself Motormouth From IPOH.
(*ran away and hid in shame …..)
The Cendol from K.Idrus can be a little too sweet, so you can (or should) ask for him to hold back on the brown sugar syrup. Notice the uneven shapes of the cendol?
No kidding. That would be your table, ladies and gentlemen !!!!
All in all, aside from doubts about rusty nails, and the slightly tooth-numbing concoction, the Cendol was a pleasant change from its usually over-processed counterparts; especially those served in restaurants.
By the way, this uncle named his stall “Cendol 1 Malaysia”, as cliched as that may sound. But everyone in Ipoh fondly calls this the Cendol Pasir Pinji, or Cendol Padang Kilat. So there …. let’s not get all worked up over names, shall we?
K.Idrus Indian Cendol Stall @ Jalan Bunga Raya,
Pasir Pinji, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Directions : Travelling on Jalan Bunga Raya from Jalan Pasir Pinji, you will see this stall on your LEFT before you reach Padang Kilat (a vast field) also on your LEFT. You will pass by Klinik Kesihatan Pasir Pinji (a government health clinic) on your LEFT before you see this cendol stall.
Business hours : From about 12pm until his supply of the day runs out.
Near to the Ais Sagu Pasir Pinji (Sek Lau Zhi) and the Pasir Pinji Yong Liew shop.