I walked across Melaka for a few hours and entertained as I was,I forgot the I haven't eaten lunch yet until around 4pm.After buying pasalubong near the Dutch Square,I tried to find my way to Chinatown which is not difficult to find coz it's adjacent to the Red Square just across the river. I was not sure exactly if it was Chinatown at first.I saw a dragon lantern so I guessed I was in Chinatown (Chinatown or Little India kasi,same building structures parin all troughout and makikita mo.)
You just have to pay attention to the goods sold and the accents outside. I was tweeting the night before for some food suggestioins in Melaka so that the embarrassing experience in Jalan Alor would not be repeated and I remember some of my followers suggesting "cendol". Cendol it is!That was the first thing I looked for not knowing that it's a local version of halo-halo.It was in front of RESTORAN FAMOSA Melaka where I saw a girl preparing cendol.
Nyonya Cendol finally!! ---RM.3.50
RESTORAN FAMOSA INTERIOR
I have a sweet tooth so the Cendol was indeed a delight.I donno if it is unfair to compare it to halo-halo but just so you have a reference.Halo-Halo has more ingredients but that doesn't mean the nyonya cendol doesn't equal our favorite dessert in the Philippines.I like the Cendol is a drink made out of shaved ice,coconut, and pandan.I haven't tried cendol from other places except this one in Melaka but I heard that Melaka'n cendol is kinda different because it always comes with Gula Melaka, which is palm sugar.That makes it taste special. I love palm sugar.:)
And the buko juice was a delight.I saw the label (as the plastic wrapping was still in tact and I notice that it's an export of Thailand.I thought why the #1 coconut exporter that we are don't have these stuff?
Believe it or not,the Cendol,the Chicken rice ball,the tofu soup and the buko juice only cost RM20.That's only 280.00 in Php peso.Good deal!