Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ice Cendol in Seremban

Occasionally, I'd crave for some Indonesian dessert like dawet. Dawet is a dark green pulpy jelly made from glutinous rice and served with coconut milk and palm sugar and can be bought almost in every local Indonesian restaurant or wet market in town. It's very common for us to eat dawet with shaved ice as dessert or snack in Indonesia back then. Apparently, Malaysia and Singapore also have this similar dessert but it is under a different name. Over here, dawet means cendol and it is a widely popular local dessert too. Actually, in Indonesia, cendol itself by definition, would mean a totally different type of traditional dessert. Language problems.

Malaysian cendol. 
This one is from Hajji Shariff's.

Anyway, in Seremban, where I live now, I still could find this dawet-type cold dessert sold in a cendol street stalls in some local wet markets for a mere RM1 per package/bowl. Other alternative to enjoy this dessert is by visiting a cendol restaurant in town. Yes, there is a designated Indian restaurant in Seremban called, Hajji Shariff's Cendol, specializing mainly in selling cold cendol. It's always full house and usually on weekend, by 4pm, they'd call it for a day already. They price their cendol for about RM 2.5 per small bowl.

Hajji Shariff's Cendol Restaurant in Seremban.

My husband introduced this restaurant to me a couple of times and when my family visited me last year, we also brought them there for some "Indonesian vs. Malaysian" cuisine comparisons. For them, Seremban's cendol tasted a bit salty so they didn't quite like it. They prefer our dawet. This restaurant, however, has various styles in serving it. For instance, cendol with glutinous rice, cendol with sweet corn, cendol with red beans or just regular plain cendol.

Eating the regular style of cendol with ice.

Seremban's cendol for me is not too bad as it cures my sweet tooth craving which takes its toll once in a while. Although honestly, in Indonesia, I hardly hit dawet for my favorite dessert. I only ate it when it happened to be around. I never particularly looked for it. For the time being, Indonesian food in a foreign land, it is totally different story for me. Precious. I will particularly look for them.

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