Saturday, July 19, 2008
One a hot day like this nothing would be better than a bowl of cendol (chen-dul). Cendol is shaved ice topped with creamy coconut milk, noodles brightly coloured by daun pandan (screwpine leaves), red beans and creamed corn. There is also a version of this with glutinous rice ( pulut). This is topped off with a drizzle of palm syrup...or in my case a puddle of palm syrup - it is the best part cendol !
The best cendol are the ones found in hawker stalls and food courts in Malaysia. This was my afternoon snack on most days ! All palm sugars are not created the same. There are several varieties of palm trees such as kitul, palmyra, sugar plan and coconut palm. The variety grown in Malaysia is sugar palm ( Arenga saccharifera). Palm trees have to be around 15 years of age to be able to produce sweet sap from which palm sugar is made. Palm sugar is also known as gula melaka .