James Cendol

Creamy-sweet treat

I stumbled across James Cendol in Bangsar by accident when I had a work meeting near Wisma UOA recently. A group of us settled for a very mediocre lunch at Simply Spice across the road when I saw the man himself, James, manning his cendol stall at the front dining area of the restaurant. Picture of James with Sultan of Perak (check!), red bow tie (check!) and James’ friendly smile (check!) I was certain my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me.

Green cendol strands

I immediately said hi to him and ordered a bowl with pulut rice (RM3). He told me his wife Devi is manning the stall in Sitiawan while he’s in KL expanding his cendol business. The stall in Old Klang Road is actually a franchise so James isn’t based there.

Good cendol wipes my worries away...for 10 minutes

The green cendol strands boasted an almost custard-like texture, while the fresh coconut milk and fragrant palm sugar gave this creamy-sweet dessert an extra advantage from other cendol stalls. And the pulut rice? Fluffy, mildly chewy and fragrant from the addition of pandan leaves in the cooking process.

Cendol at 6.30pm? Possible!

The kidney beans are also a class of their own. Firm without, soft within, and marinated with syrup for a richer flavour. I’m glad James is closer to where I live, because I can now enjoy his cendol anytime I want. The icy cold feeling and creamy layers relieves me from a tough day at work, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. So good!

James...taking a short break. So he took off his hat and bow-tie. :)

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Cendol: 7/10 (halal)
Verdict: One of the best cendol I’ve eaten!

James Cendol
Simply Spice,
2-LG-6 Kompleks Niaga Utama,
Bangsar Utama,
59000, Kuala Lumpur.

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  1. cendol in kl is slightly different from those in malacca and penang, with the added pulut.

    i still prefer malacca’s :P

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      It’s actually cendol from Sitiawan. Different from KL cendol. But yeah, I like the Malacca and Penang version too, but I grew up with James Cendol so it will always have a place in my tummy. Hehe

  2. hmmm this place is near my office!! Must go check it out one day

  3. Glad to know I dont have to go to Sitiawan for James Chendol now! ;)

    Thks for the update… I m curious abt Chendol with pulut…

  4. I had cendol with pulut once then end up had stomachache, so now I’m quite skeptical to try T_T

  5. looks good but i still prefer cendol by itself without the pulut

  6. Good for you..
    so when you think of cendol you think of james .. :)
    Next week I be going to Melaka ..cant wait to taste the jonker street cendol ….

  7. ooo, that looks like a very reasonably priced bowl. i’m thinking that for light eaters, it could almost be a lunch by itself! and it sounds delicious too :D

  8. As u know…James Cendol is also at Sri Petaling…*funky dance*! =)

    Din get to try…their cendol was sold out at 8pm :(

  9. I like my bowl of cendol with nice flavors of gula melaka! ^_^

  10. Try Mr. Cendol the best Fusion Cendol ever. Their original cendol also top notch with thick santan, jelly-like soft cendol, and caramel-like molasses :)
    Heaven meets earth… 10 of 10

    Am gonna jammed in Mr. Cendol Tropicana City Mall tomorrow for lunch with my mek ;)

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