One of the best things to eat in Melaka is Cendol. There are so many stalls selling it so read on to find out which cendol is worth the calories! I recently went on a delicious trip to Melaka and tried cendol from 5 different stalls.
Read on to find out who serves the best!
1) Jonker 88 – Eight Treasures Cendol (THE WINNER!)
Address: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
When it comes to Cendol, Jonker 88 wins the whole thing. They serve so many types of cendol, and being the greedy pig that I am, I got the Eight Treasures one, which has, literally 8 different types of toppings inside. The amount of ice is just right, and the most important part of cendol — the gula melaka, was so thick, gooey and fragrant. It wins. On every bite.
Not only that, they also make really amazing Assam Laksa that I love so much, I could also eat that for all 3 meals.
2) Jonker 88 – Sago Gula Melaka
The less ‘packed’ version of the Eight Treasures, is this simple and elegant little bowl of happiness I love desserts with sago, and with this, Jonker 88 wins once again.
3) The Kappan House
Address: 20, Jalan Tukang Besi, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
It’s not a bad idea to cycle around Melaka on a sunny day in June because you might just give yourself a reason to have cendol! We stumbled upon this quaint little cafe along a row of shophouses, and found out that it’s one of the ‘must- try’ cendol places! Compared to the ones in Jonker 88, this one is closer to the ones I usually have in Singapore (i.e the standard kind). It was nice, but I felt that the gula melaka in this wasn’t saturated enough for my liking. Also, I felt that the flavour was more from the milky coconut layer. Hence, the entire bowl lacked a certain ‘kick’.
4) Bibik House Chendol
Address: 121, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
This place was also highly rated on reviews online, so since it was along Jonker, we tried this on our way back to our hotel. I can’t really describe if I like it or not, because Jonker 88 has set the standards so high. I would best rate it as average. Because of the ice, it tasted less sweet compared to Kappan’s. I don’t understand why they separated out the green agar jelly though, because it’s supposed to be eaten together with everything else in the bowl!
5) East & West Rendezvous (skippable!)
Address: 60, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
When we arrived, the place looked rather empty, but I’d read good reviews of this place, so I thought I have to try it. True enough, the cendol was boring. Yes, boring. The ice layer was way too much, gula melaka barely there (tasted more sweetness than actual flavour). I would give this a miss the next time.
I think in summary, here’s what everyone should do: Start your trip in Malacca with Jonker 88 Cendol and Assam Laksa, eat there once every day, and end your trip at with Jonker 88 Cendol and Assam Laksa. It’s definitely my plan on my next trip there.