Penang is known for its cendol and ais kacang but I recently learnt about Ais Tingkap, a rose coloured drink with coconut flesh and basil seeds (biji selasih). The Ais Tingkap stall is located in Tamil Street, beside Chowrasta Market.
While it may look like a simple drink, preparation involves a number of steps. The guy fills the glass with shaved ice, sugar syrup, getah anggur, rose essence and basil seeds. Then he sprays a mixture of Indian herbs, adds coconut water, coconut flesh and tops the glass with more shaved ice.
The end result? A very refreshing and aromatic thirst quencher with a bit of texture from the basil seed and coconut flesh. Think of it as a very complex (and delicious) version of syrup air. Very cooling considering how hot and humid Penang can get. I gulped down two glasses of Ais Tingkap in 15 minutes.
Besides Ais Tingkap, you can also order ais kacang and cendol from this stall.
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Ais Tingkap (Window Sherbet)
Lebuh Tamil, Penang
Beside Chowrasta Market
GPS Coordinates: N 5 25.075 E 100 19.884
Business hours: 12noon to 8pm
(Closed on Sundays)