Aunty Koh is so famous now that it’s almost impossible to get a chance to taste her cendol anymore. I wouldn’t want to risk driving all the way to her stall just to be told she has sold out, or having to wait for her stall to open up.
I had to look for an alternative which is equally as good. Well, I am glad to say that I found one. The best thing is I don’t have to worry about it running out and it’s open almost daily too.
He calls himself mamak Thamby Abdullah, and he has been selling his icy desserts here for years. Basically there’s only two types of desserts being sold here: ABC and cendol. Special additional toppings include durian flavored jelly and pulut. Price wise it’s definitely reasonable based on the portion size and quality.
His ais kacang is absolutely wonderful with a myriad of colourful toppings. Everything was really fresh and overall, the ABC does not taste just cloyingly sweet and artificial. There are plenty of other flavors and texture going on in each sip: the refreshingly cooling grass jelly, earthy red beans, chewy tapioca pearls, buttery sweet corn and the nuttiness from the crunchy peanuts. All of these accompanied by a rich and aromatic coconut milk.
The durian cendol here is also worth a try. The way he makes it is quite special because besides just adding durian sauce, he’d add some store-bought durian jellies (which actually taste great) into the cendol for a unique treat. It might not look very appetizing but I can assure you, it’s very good.
Depending on the number of customers, you might need to wait a bit longer than usual because it’s a one man show. He used to have a helper who would do the dishes and clean the tables, but now he has to do everything by himself. Despite all that he still managed to maintain a friendly service so we didn’t mind the wait at all.
After tasting so many ABC in Melaka, this by far is the best for me. Not to mention it’s authentic, cheap and not prepared in some hippy cafe at some touristy area. I hope he keeps the standard, continues to operate at regular hours and not turn into another Aunty Koh.ABC & Cendol Mamak Thamby Abdullah
Jalan Thamby Abdullah, Bandar Hilir
Business hours: Daily 1.30pm – 6pm (Fri 2pm-6pm) Off days not fixed