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Ais Tingkap (Window Sherbet) at Lebuh Tamil, Penang


Ais Tingkap

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.


Getah Anggur

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.


Ais Kacang

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)

6 Responses

  1. Ais Tingkap? 1st time hearing it. So many types of ingredients they put into the drink. But look very refreshing. BTW…What is getah anggur?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      It’s the agar-agar like thing you get in Ling Chi Kang. They call it olibanum gum resin in English.

      Yeah, very refreshing drink! 🙂

  2. Always wanted to try this but ended forgetting about it when I’m in Penang. LOL!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Set a reminder. It’s worth trying! 🙂

  3. ajis

    hey…finally i tried ais tingkap yesterday. awesome (but i wish younger coconut is used). thanks for the recommendation. from now on my must have in penang shall include ais tingkap

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Glad I could help! 😉

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