Monday, June 20, 2011

Cendol Sulaiman @ Restaurant MSS Maju, Off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

"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.

rojak sotong
                                       rojak sotong

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 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.

pudu market collage1
pudu market collage2
pudu market collage3

Cendol Sulaiman
In front of Restaurant MSS Maju
Off Jalan Pudu
Kuala Lumpur

(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.


Michelle Chin said...

Pudu market has really good siew yoke!

boo_licious said...

Michelle - it looked very good. Must get some the next time. Thanks for the recommendations.

Ciki said...

was just here with Cumi 2 weeks ago! the coconut water is superb too.. Like i said.. too many posts la.. no time to blog :P

the old man looks so distinguished with his white goatee hor..? love it! When we were there, the son did the serving, but good old dad did make an appearance too;)

Baby Sumo said...

The little girl eating her meehoon is so cute.

boo_licious said...

cumi & ciki - ooooh, great minds think alike. Didn't get to try the coconut water as we were too busy slurping down the cendol. Hope you blog soon, would love to see your pictures.

Baby Sumo - she is, isn't she? She's so serious slurping down each strand.

女飞侠 said...

haiyohhhhh~ lookkkssss so good! i must find the way to get it.

Ellen Whyte said...

Lovely pics but those dishes are not my thing.

Kenny Mah said...

Ooh. Love the scenes of the market as well... and I'm up for some green worms, any time! :D

foodbin said...

like the photo of the well carved/seasoned wooden chopping board.

女飞侠 said...

i went just now! gagagaga....bungkus some rojak sotong (and extra sotong), cendolssss back. yum yummmmm.....

boo_licious said...

女飞侠 - Cool stuff! You went to check it out. Am glad you like it. *does happy dance*

Au&Target - too bad, it's a great cooler for this hot weather.

Life for Beginners - green worms rawks!

foodbin - I know! Just shows how much wood is scraped throughout the years from it.

Seoul Walker said...

U made me craving for M'sia foods again^^ yup, will go to kl once in a while when i go back M'sia visit my family^^

boo_licious said...

Seoul Walker - hope u get to satisfy your Msian food cravings soon.

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