November 6, 2012 by irmahadikusuma
I was tempted to add this write up onto my earlier post on the famous Annie’s peanut ice kachang. I was twiddling my thumbs for a while but in the end decided that Annie’s chendol is so good that it deserves its own entry (if not accolades!).
In theory, a good bowl of chendol should contain the followings : a good amount of chendol (what else?), coconut milk, gula melaka and ice. The chendol, should be brightly colored to the extend that it almost glows in the dark. The size should be perfect in such a way that it is large enough to provide a bite but yet small enough not to choke you as you slurp a spoonful. The texture of the chendol pieces is also crucial in forming a perfect bowl of chendol – they should not be too hard nor too soft, nor should it be overly slimy that they slide down your spoon whenever you scoop them off the bowl. The coconut milk should not be too overpowering, nor should it be too sweet or too salty. The gula melaka, should be of a shade of brown that perfectly compliments the bright green chendol and the clean darlie-teeth-white coconut milk. The pandan like taste should be evident enough that you can smell it whenever you scoop a spoonful, just before that spoon reaches your mouth. The ice should not melt faster than the rate you clean your bowl for it to dilute the taste of the coconut milk & gula melaka.
In all counts, Annie’s chendol exceeds my expectation of a good bowl of chendol. What makes Annie’s chendol special, is that green-ish paste that provides an interesting dimension flavor-wise and texture-wise. Just like its highly rated cousin, the ice kachang, Annie’s chendol is full of that mountain of snow-like ice shavings. Instead of overflowing the bowl with gula melaka, providing a good contrast to the nice bright green mountain of ice shaving is the red bean paste that tops the chendol. I must say, the red bean paste is a delight and definitely adds another good texture to the chendol.
If you are there to quench your thirst with the ice kachang, and happen to be wearing rubber waisted pants or shorts or skirt, we definitely recommend you to have another bowl of chendol! PS : The below is the dabao-ed version of the ice chendol that perfectly complimented our home-made curry chicken picnic.
Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang
Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
#02-36 Tanjong Pagar Market and Food Centre
Mon – Fri 10.30am – 7.30pm
Sat 10.30am – 6pm
Sun 10.30 – 5pm
(Come early or you may leave with empty stomach)