When the weather is hot, our body is automatically programmed to look for something cold and refreshing, don’t you think so? Well, that was what happened on the afternoon right after lunch at Ishin. Yen decided that since we’re along Old Klang Road, we should hunt for the Famous James Cendol from Sitiawan. After making a few wrong turns, we found out that there’s actually a new road that leads from the junction off Old Klang Road directly to the cendol place! Watch out for the junction once you see Esso and BHP petrol stations, it’s just next to BHP.
Cool and refreshing Cendol
To be technically correct, cendol refers to the green wiggly stuff that you can see in the bowl above. However, the term has evolved to mean a dessert that has coconut milk and palm sugar (gula Melaka) in it, usually with shaved ice. In Sitiawan, their version of cendol, supposedly made famous by James, has kidney beans and glutinous rice (pulut) in it as well. Fortunately, with James Cendol becoming more famous, we don’t have to travel all the way to Sitiawan for a taste of his cendol. The stall off Old Klang Road is pretty spacious and had a nice breeze even in the hot afternoon.
Grating old coconuts
Over here, James Cendol uses only natural ingredients for the preparation of their cendol. To get the coconut milk, there’s an old-fashioned machine to grate the old coconuts for their flesh. The grated coconut is then placed inside a piece of cloth and compressed to extract the coconut milk the traditional way. None of those canned coconut milk is used here. Also, the cendol is made from natural pandan leaves instead of green coloring, thereby creating a color that is not artificial.
Slathering it with coconut milk
All of us ordered the original James cendol complete with pulut and red bean. Eating icy cold cendol in the middle of the hot afternoon was indeed a blessing. The combination of everything in the bowl created a symphony of tastes and textures to the palate – the sweetness from the palm sugar, the slightly salty flavor from the coconut milk, the soft cendol, the slightly crunchy red beans and the chewy glutinous rice – they all made the dessert that much appealing. Oh, did I mention that this was all served in a cute coconut shell? Nothing goes to waste!
The location of James Cendol just next to the Badminton and Futsal centre makes it an ideal after-sports dessert especially after sweating it out. It may not be the best cendol for everyone, but I will at least have peace of mind knowing what I’m eating is made from all natural ingredients. 🙂
James with the Sultan of Perak
James Cendol off Old Klang Road, KL
James Cendol (next to Lee Chong Wei’s Sports Arena)
21 Jalan Sri Sentosa 2a,
Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact No.: +6012-225 3564
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/jamescendol