Cendol is perhaps one of the easiest food to look for in KL, this cheap and icy treat is essentially everywhere. A good one though, is like a diamond in the rough. One cendol I had recently that satisfied my picky taste buds is Sulaiman’s cendol. Surprisingly, it is located in Pudu – hidden from the street view at an unassuming corner of this Chinese enclave. If you don’t look hard enough, you will probably miss it.
The easiest way to look for Sulaiman’s cendol is to get yourself to M.S.S Maju, a mamak-like restaurant that also sells mee rebus and rojak. His pushcart stall is just right next to it.
Prices are so cheap that you wouldn’t even hesitate to order two bowls for yourself. At RM1.40 each, this might even be one of the cheapest cendol in KL. But best of all, it’s delicious as well!
Uncle Sulaiman certainly does not stinge on the toppings and you get to slurp on the squiggly fresh cendol in every mouthful. Kidney beans (not the small red beans) are given and they were soft and not mushy. The level of sweetness and richness also hit the spot, as the ratio of coconut milk to palm sugar is just nice for us.
ABC is also worth trying and it comes with a satisfying amount of peanuts, grass jelly cubes and multi-colored pearls. For RM2.20, I don’t think there’s anything you can complain about it. In fact, you might not even get a cup of iced coffee at some coffee shops for that kind of price, yet you can enjoy a bowl of ais kacang here.
Uncle Sulaiman works super fast and it doesn’t take more than a mere few minutes before your order is served. If you feel like it, you can even talk to him in Cantonese because he can converse rather well in it. Not to mention, he’s friendly and very approachable too.
We also tried the Rojak @ RM4.50 out of curiosity and it was only decent at most. Not recommended unless you are really itching to eat something along with your cendol and ABC.
next to M.S.S Maju Restaurant (behind Market Hall)
off Jalan Pudu, 55100 KL
Business hours: Daily (8.30am to 5pm)