This Malaysian dessert place is so good and there isn't anything else like it in Shanghai. They serve cendol, which is shaved ice with coconut milk, green rice flour jelly, and palm sugar, plus toppings like grass jelly or red bean. This spot uses actual palm sugar, which makes a huge difference. Their menu is one page, including pictures. The staff are super nice. They have a few table games and a large painting of a tropical bird on the wall. Very rare.
Next time you want ice cream or milk tea, consider Cendol instead. Get the Penang shaved ice, maybe add some ximi and the 10rmb Durian ice cream. This shop is doing something unique and that's tough in Shanghai so show some love and keep the cendol around.
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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