Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Cendol Pak Akob @ Section 16, Shah Alam

nope, he ain't waiting for a bus

Stall owners often find the weirdest places to trade and this particular stall is quite unique, since it is located in front of a mosque (just a few doors away from an Indian temple and school) and right next to a bus stand. In fact, due to the lack of space on the sidewalk, you end up sitting at the bus stand to drink down your cendol or like this man, to eat your plate of rojak. Famous in Shah Alam, Cendol Pak Akob is where everyone stops to quench their thirst with the cendol and rojak.

cool down with cendol mixed with kacang merah

I must admit I've only tasted the rojak once pretty long ago and if I remember correctly, it wasn't exceptional tasting. Just ordinary run of the mill stuff given a fiery dash of peanut sauce to fill up your tummy. What I like is his cendol (RM1.20) - those cool jade green slivers resembling worms drizzled with gula melaka syrup and drank down with coconut milk. Here, the shaved ice that top the bowls of cendol are pretty fine, hence they melt down quickly to cool the coconut milk.

cendol with tapai - delish combo (RM1.70)

The stall also serves one of my all time favourite combinations - tapai (fermented rice) with cendol. While the tapai here is quite light tasting (not very pungent), it still makes a fantastic duo when eaten together. As and when you place your order, they will unwrap the small banana leaf packets filled with the fermented rice and put it in your bowl. If you are looking for a very filling meal - add pulut with your tapai cendol for RM2.20.

no way you can miss this at the side of the road. I like the mix of English and Malay words on the signboard.

Parking is available around the bus stop and cars quickly come and go after they have indulged in their meal. Since Fridays is peak time for the mosque, you won't find the stall opened as they take off for that day.

Cendol Pak Akob
Persiaran Selangor
Section 16
Shah Alam

(Halal. Open from lunch onwards. Stall is in front of Jamek Tun Uda mosque and opposite flats. If you want to place orders or check how to get there, call 014-2393125. To get to the stall, from the Federal Highway, if you are driving from PJ to Klang, take the left turn towards Kawasan Perindustrian Shah Alam. Go straight and make a three o'clock turn at the roundabout, go straight pass UMW/Toyota's assembling plants. At the next roundabout, go 12 o'clock and you will see the cendol stall on your right. Make a U turn and park at the stall.)

*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.

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Precious Pea said...

Ahhh....i always have a soft spot for cendol. Best local dessert in the country don't you think? I love my cendol with pulut too! And woulnd't mind some durian. Hehe.

Julian Si said...

Thanks for the tip!

Cendol and rojak goes hand in hand ... My 2 faves besides the famed PENANG ROAD cendol is...

Sri Hartamas opp Bulldog

and, Subang's opposite Shell kiosk

Gong xi fa cai!

KY said...

I was just telling my friends about this place a couple days ago, love the tapai!

Ciki said...

Mmmmm.. tapai... (eyes glazed over with love, like Homer Simpson... ) hehehe

very few places have this. I ate my first bowl of tapai cendol in kota bahru. have been hooked ever since.

thule a.k.a leo said...

hmmm... used to come to this area a lot 5 years back.
For those with sweet tooth.. cendol is just like godsent stuff.. lol! anyway, normally I'll go to Uptown (in front of Brother Peter), Damansara Kim (opposite TTDI) or Subang (near the upcoming One Subang)... nearer and taste just as good.. have you tried those?

LianneK said...

I´ve tasted Tapai donkey years ago but can´t imagine how it would fare with cendol. Very unique combo.

boo_licious said...

precious pea - awww, it tastes so sinful with the durian. A must whenever I visit Melaka.

Julian - thxs for the tips!

KY - ah, what a coincidence. I was craving this the other day. Weird how I end up eating other kinds of food during CNY since everything else is closed.

ciki - u try tapai with ice cream, it is so damn good! Had it for the first time at a wedding dinner and ever since I was hooked. The best ever tapai is homemade ones; the taste is tremendously strong.

leo - seen the Uptown fella b4 but didn't stop to eat. I like the Subang one too and also the Section 17 one.

Lianne - hiya, it will be slightly pungent with the cool and sweet dessert. Nice combo I reckon, as it cuts thru the sweetness.

J2Kfm said...

never heard of cendol with tapai though. must be an acquired taste?
but cendol pulut n durian cendol are normal.

boo_licious said...

j2kfm - yes, very much an acquired taste but pretty good still.

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