Monday, February 9, 2009

Es Cendol = Es Dawet

Who likes to drink Es Cendol? Please raise your hand ;)

I believe everyone who lives in Southeast Asia is familiar with this drink.

Well, I'd been wondering all the time where does Es Cendol originally come from, thus I searched in the internet and....

Ta daaaa...! I found it :)

So, according to Wikipedia, Cendol is a traditional dessert originating from Java, Indonesia, but is also popular in Malaysia, Singapore, and Southern Thailand (where it is called "lorkchorng singapore" ลอดข่องสิงคโปร์). The dessert's basic ingredients consist of shaved ice, coconut milk, starch noodles with green food coloring (usually sourced from the pandan leaf), and palm sugar. Red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, and creamed corn are optional additions. Cendol has become a quintessential part of cuisine among the multi-racial population in Southeast Asia and is often sold by vendors at roadsides, hawker centres and food courts.

In the Javanese language, cendol refers to the jelly-like part of the beverage, while the combination of cendol, palm sugar and coconut milk is called dawet.


A stall of Es Cendol on the street in Jakarta.

Some vendors will even add Jackfruit (Nangka) in their palm sugar syrup. I like if there's jackfruit in my cendol because it added a nice aroma and chrunciness :)

cendol 2

Rp. 3.500 per glass
(currency rate: 1 USD = Rp. 11. 700
1 RM = Rp. 3.400
1 SGD = Rp. 7.800
)

68 comments:

  1. morning!! ;p
    yes..cendol is a fav of mine too! here we hv options of addin glutinous rice, "tapai" - a type of fermented tuber or red beans, etc.. but the es cendol I had at Sari Ratu tasted different compared to our msia cendol. ?

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  2. thenomadgourmand: Good morning!!! :D
    Ah... here, if you add more stuff like tapai, red beans, cin cau, kolangkaling, etc, then we called it not es cendol anymore but es campur and I think the one that you had in Sari Ratu is es campur ;)

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  3. so glad you found my blog, i love new readers, and your blog intrigues me. soynut butter is SOOO good. i hope you can manange to get your hands on some. its very different from peanut butter but has a very addicting flavor once you try it, you want to keep having it more and more. lately i like it more than peanut butter. anyways, hope you continue to read :)

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  4. elise: Hi Elise, welcome to my blog! I hope that I can find the soybutter here in Jakarta because it sounds interesting to give it a try, not only the taste but I guess also healtier than peanutbutter, right? :)

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  5. My fav !!!! Es Cendol with nangka !!! I always had 2 whenever I am in Indo ....

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  6. email2me: Es cendol with nangka is the best, right? *high five*

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  7. i love cendol, but here most of the stalls go lazy by using packet coconut milk. it cost about S$1.50 to S$2 average from hawkers here. in hotels, it might cost S$6.80 and above, hahah.

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  8. mistipurple: Euwww... the taste of packet coconut milk is not nice at all, not fresh(contains preservative) and it got another aroma/flavour than the real fresh coconut milk.

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  9. Yours served in glass whereas ours served in bowl.

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  10. It look so good......
    wau!
    cendol it actually from java.......
    all this time I thought from india.
    All this because in Malaysia cendol business most dominated by indian.

    keep up your good work.

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  11. cariso: Ah... true! I wasn't really aware of it, thanks for pointing it out :)

    pisang goreng: Hahaha... from India? seriously? Never crossed my mind... I was just confused whether it's from Malaysia or Indonesia.
    Thank you, pisang goreng! :)

    foodbin: Hi foodbin, welcome to my blog! Lemak and sweet... perfect, no? Hehehe...

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  12. Love the photos! Like the edit you did to make 3 shots look "polaroid" style.

    The Es Cendol looks great! (never tried it before) Thick and sweet, right? Yum.

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  13. eattraveleat: Thank you for your compliment *big grin*
    Make sure to try it when you are visiting any of the Southeast Asia country, coz' big chance that you'll love it! ;)

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  14. I can't find such cheap chendol here.

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  15. I like cendol but I usually can't finish one on my own coz it's too sweet for me (I don't have a sweet tooth). But the one u had in the glass looks delicious :)

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  16. little inbox: Cendol is expensive in your area? It should not because the ingredients are quite cheap. You know what? In fact, you can make your own cendol because it's not difficult at all, long time ago my mom used to make cendol by her own :)

    noobcook: Ah.. actually the sweetness depends on how much the palm sugar is put into the glass since the cendol and coconut milk are not sweet at all, so you can ask to the vendor how sweet you want your cendol tasted :)

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  17. I like Cendol! But hard to find a good one here in Singapore.

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  18. tigerfish: Oh... not good but it's easy to find it in the hawker centre, right?

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  19. They only have cendol in Penang, no jackfruit. Sounds interesting adding some.

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  20. OH MY GOD, cendol is my favourite thing to drink in Indonesia... yumyumyum!

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  21. slurp slurp!! i love cendol too. In Malaysia, we like to had it especially with a lot of brown sugar!!

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  22. Penang is famous for its cendol too (but without the jackfruit). Hope I have a chance to try out Es Cendol in future. Btw what does "dawet" mean?

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  23. I've never heard of that! What does it taste like??

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  24. I'm pretty sure these are sold at some restaurants here but I haven't tried one yet.

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  25. I've never had this before but it looks good.

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  26. I have had the pleasure of trying this! So good!!!

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  27. Mmmmmmm I love cendol. You're making me want to hop on a plane and head out there to get the real thing.

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  28. Me me love es cendol. While I was in Sidoarjo, they had different style of es dawet. Slimmer shape and they used cocopandan syrup.

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  29. You have such an intriguing and interesting blog...love spending time here! :)

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  30. ck lam: You gotta try the cendol with jackfruit, it’s really good :D

    jesse: Really? Yay! *high five*

    Jackson: Isn’t the brown sugar so perfect for cendol? ;)

    food for tots: The name of the green starch noodle is cendol, and the dawet is the term for the combination of cendol, palm sugar and coconut milk :)

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  31. how to eat a cupcake: It’s a sweet drink. The cendol (starch noodles with green food coloring – pandan leaves) has a little chewy texture without any taste, as for the coconut milk, usually it’s a bit salty then the palm sugar syrup gives the sweet taste to the drink.

    Jessica@foodmayhem: Yes, I think so too, or it probably can be found in Asian stores.

    pam: It’s a common drink in Southeast Asia :)

    mo diva: Hi Mo Diva, thanks for dropping by my blog! You tried this drink before? Cool! :)

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  32. norecipes: hahaha… sounds great if you can make it ;)

    Indonesia-eats: Whoaaa… cendol with cocopandan syrup? That’s new to me… sounds kinda like es cincau ijo with cocopandan syrup :)

    andrea: Thank you so much for your compliments, Andrea. Hope that you enjoy reading my blog :)

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  33. I love your blog! Cendol reminds me of halo halo from the Philippines - it looks similar. So refreshing and delicious - and thanks for the really interesting information!

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  34. megan: Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by my blog and also for your compliment.
    Halo-halo? really? sounds cute. Probably it's the same thing as cendol but different name :)

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  35. This looks really good, I've never had it before but would like to try!

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  36. sara: Is there any Asian restaurant/stores near to your place? If yes, then you can give it a try and I hope you like it :)

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  37. that looks DELICIOUS! I've never heard of Es Cendol--I need to try and find something like this in Atlanta ;)

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  38. tavolini: It is DELICIOUS! Hehehe.. Hopefully, there's cendol in Atlanta *crossing fingers*

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  39. cendol with a straw? rare in malaysia..but looks nevertheless awesome on a hot day of sun!

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  40. here we call it gula melaka. so, there's gula jawa as well, eh? interesting. i wonder if they taste the same. palm sugar?

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  41. joe: Hahaha... Yes, here people drink es cendol with straw and spoon :D

    nic: I believe that gula jawa (gula merah) is the same as gula melaka since both of them are made from coconut water but then we also have another brown sugar similiar to gula jawa called gula aren which is made from various palms water.

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  42. Again this drink reminds me of an Indian dessert called Falooda, except that its nothing like our Falooda.

    http://food-forthought.blogspot.com/2006/05/weekend-treat-falooda.html

    http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-falooda-indian-dessert-drink

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  43. laveena: I just had a look at the sites that you gave. I guess the similiar part is the "noodle" jelly :)

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  44. I haven't heard of this before, Your certainly are broadening my horizons!

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  45. I love this blog because I always learn so many new and cool things everytime!

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  46. katherine aucoin: hehehe.. I'm glad that I'm broadening your horizons :)

    jeff: Oh.. thank you so much for your compliments *blushing*

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  47. Never heard of this - but it looks quite tempting!!
    You have quite a delicious blog.....we are devouring every word!!
    Thanks for stopping by!!
    Karla & Karrie

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  48. the summer kitchen interiors: Hi Karla and Karrie, welcome to my blog. Hope to see you around :)

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  49. I have never heard of this drink before but I must say it is very interesting. I love your site because it is very informative and exciting. Thanks for stopping by my site.

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  50. marybeth: Hi MaryBeth, welcome to my blog and thank you for your compliments :)

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  51. Me me me! I love the drink but I'm not a big fan of those green things.

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  52. Me me me! I love the drink but I'm not a big fan of those green things.

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  53. Never tried this before!! Looks good though!

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  54. Yummy!all the flavors in the drink sound unique and very tasty:)

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  55. pigpigscorner: Hahaha... *hands in a glass of cendol without the cendol*

    maria: If you like coconut milk and sweet things then this would be a perfect drink for dessert :)

    yasmeen: Yes, you are right, it is very yummy :)

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  56. We have a friend who operates a chain of cendol stalls called Mr Cendol here in Lumut , Perak !selling around RM1.70 a bowl

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  57. Mmmmm, Interesting Info. Love Chendol!

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  58. I will always called for a cendol whenever the opportunity presents. Es Dawet. "Dawet" means ink too?

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  59. backstreetgluttons: That's great! Can indulge cendol and also with good price :)

    pete: Cendol is definitely yummy ;)

    worldwindows: In bahasa, ink is tinta. Uhmmm... I don't think dawet means ink, but for sure, it means the combinantion drink of cendol, coconut milk and gula jawa :)

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  60. **RAISES HER HAND!!**
    love the blog.. btw, let's exchange links:)

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  61. Selba, thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
    Your blog is very interesting and educational about a world of food of which I am not familiar. I am always fascinated with the different country's street food and you do an excellent job of showing us. I like your blog and I'll be back for more.
    Sam

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  62. cumi & ciki: You must be an es cendol lover! Hehehe.. Oh.. and welcome to my blog, cumi & ciki.
    Sure! I just added you in my blogroll list :)

    my carolina kitchen: Hello Sam, welcome to my humble blog :) Thank you for your compliments, it really makes my day.

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  63. I love cendol. It's one of my all-time favorite drinkable desserts. But, here in Ohio, many Americans do not like cendol. A cook with an Indonesian restaurant here once told me that their American patrons would only finish the palm sugary coconut milk. When asked by the waiters, they said they don't like the cendol pieces because they are tasteless, have an odd texture, and look like green worms.

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  64. pizza smizza: green worms?hahaha... but then it's true, cendol does look like small green worms :D Ah... to bad, that they don't like cendol because I think the best part of es cendol is the cendol itself :)

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  65. hi...it looks so yummy.

    i link it from my blog. is it ok?
    let me know if i dont allow to do that...

    here is the link to my blog. http://playfulsingapore.blogspot.com/2009/07/telok-ayer-green.html

    thanks a lot. gbu

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  66. ruth sophia novita: hi Ruth, thanks for stopping by my blog. Sure, you can link this post from your blog, it's my pleasure :)

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