"PUDU for cendol?" said Splashie Boy with raised eyebrows. I nodded my head.
It seemed like an urban legend I had read about. This Indian man that spoke Cantonese and doled out the "green worms" dessert in the most unlikely place, a.k.a. the heartlands of chaotic Pudu.
cendol two ways - with creamed corn and a dollop of pulut (glutinous rice)
Armed with vague directions and a foursquare listing that just didn't pinpoint the place, we walked aimlessly around the market.
In between the crazy maze of stalls, we managed to find time to go snap happy. It's a colourful atmosphere...charged with people of all races and even countries looking for the best fresh deals in town.
There's all kinds of fish (we spot baby sharks and even spotted sting rays), prawns, vegetables, meats that you wish you had a big basket to scoop it all up.
After failing to interpret those directions, we finally did the typical fail-safe method, ask a local where it was and we trooped to the other corner of the market...walked through an alleyway and lo behold, discovered the cendol stall.
super fast service guaranteed
Phew! I was just thinking to myself it'll be wasted early morning trip to Pudu. One can imagine someone snapping off my head in anger if we came out naught with cendol.
It was all systems go at the stall and everything is done at breakneck speed that even a DSLR can only burst as much to capture the gula melaka tinged coconut milk moving around like a Matrix movie...uncle, please slow-mo!
even faster service
The cendol is good...they're generous with the "green worms" ladling large scoops of it. The creamy coconut milk broth has a faint scent of gula melaka. I especially liked how fine the shaved ice is since everything melts quickly.
It's a great refresher that we order another bowl to share. Also sharing the table was the rojak sotong. Not overly sweet with a tinge of chili, the rojak was not the best in town but still pretty decent.
ice ice baby, too cold, too cold...sings the ice shaver
With our tummies well satisfied...it dawned on us how easy it would have been to arrive here from the main road.
I guess the fun is just taking the wrong turn or else I would not have been able to capture these wonderful pictures in the following trio of collages. Splashie Boy also contributed with the Olympus PEN.
In front of Restaurant MSS Maju
Off Jalan Pudu
(Halal. Open from 8.30am -5pm daily. To get here, from Jalan Pudu, turn into an alleyway where it is fronted by green wooden stalls that house the Hakka Mee stalls. Go straight and you will see the cendol stall. For more pictures, see my Flickr set on the Cendol Stall and the Pudu Market.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.