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Cendol (Ruijin Er Lu)
    • ADDRESS:
      煎蕊饮品店
      39 Ruijin Er Lu,
      near Nanchang Lu
      瑞金二路39号, 近南昌路
    • PHONE:
      135 2407 4539
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Huangpu
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Middle Huaihai Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11.30am-9.30pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards, WeChat, Alipay accepted
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Small and colorful street shop specializing in cendol, a Malaysian iced dessert that contains green rice flour jelly, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup over shaved ice. Cendol serves exactly that, with various added ingredients such as durian ice cream, corn, etc. Cheap, delicious and very, very refreshing.
    Photos by BRANDON MCGHEE
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    • I love Southeast Asia, and one thing I can’t get over with from my Indonesia trip is cendol, a rice jelly made from pandan leaf. Cendol just opened one month ago and I decided to bring my Malaysian friend with me. I’m glad I did because the owner is actually from Malaysia and had a good talk with us. He said he wanted to open Cendol for being the first cendol place in Shanghai. I thank him for that.

      The dessert is named after city and you can choose to make it into drinks or shaved ice. You can also make your own by choosing the toppings you want. I got Sabah shaved ice, which is red bean, tapioca pearls, cendol and ice cream on top. You can choose vanilla or durian flavor ice cream, and I went with vanilla. It was great! Cendol is freshly made and palm sugar with coconut milk tasted so good with the shaved ice. Ice cream was surprisingly good with a very chewy texture and you could see vanilla beans in it.  The owner was nice and offered a big scoop of durian ice cream for us to taste, and it’s….. strong. The place is tiny but very vibrant and cute. All desserts are around 30 RMB and it’s pretty reasonable for what they offer.

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