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Jonker Dessert 88 @ Jonker Street Malacca

The weekend came and went in just a blink of an eye. How I wish it was longer! I was so busy working on my articles that I didn’t have much time to rest let alone go on my eating adventures out of KL. Anyway, here is a post on one of my recent eating sprees – Durian Cendol @Jonker 88.Jonker 88 is located along the busy Jonker Street, and is very popular among tourists, judging from the long queue outside the shop. They are known for their cendol and durian cendol. I found this place extremely overrated, and would usually get my durian cendol fix from Jeta Grooves.Alas, Jeta Grooves was not open that day, and our second alternative was also closed. Left with no choice, we went to Jonker 88. Both our friends thought it was good, but rif and I found it run of the mill. Unlike Jeta Grooves that gives you real durian flesh, Jonker 88 puts durian syrup in the cendol (RM2.70). There is a big difference between using real durian and syrup in the cendol – syrup makes the cendol taste artificial. Good thing the palm sugar (gula Melaka) was thick and gooey, it made the cendol palatable.Not worth trying, unless you’re at Jonker Street and want something cold to cool you down. Then again, be prepared to queue up and wait for a bowl of mediocrity.

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 5/10
Cendol: 4/10
Verdict: Unless you happen to be there, don’t bother.

88, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka

11 Responses

  1. Sean

    looks are deceiving, eh … cos that cendol looks fabulously rich and creamy…

  2. thule a.k.a leo

    why on Earth that you joined in the craze at the first place??? Jonker Walk or Street is tourist attraction 😛 we as the locals should be able to find better version elsewhere

  3. foodbin

    nothing beats the real thing !

  4. thenomadGourmand

    syrup??? my god..wht will they come with next???

  5. Eka

    your post appear in hamburger today website…here the link http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/12/06-week/

  6. J2Kfm

    yeah, not worthy, but the ambience's good though.
    Jeta Grooves? you should've posted this earlier … aiks. now for another 11 months before the next visit.

  7. eiling lim

    I'm craving for a chendol now. The chendol looks great and the gula melaka certainly looks thick enough!

  8. taufulou

    woah, luckily we didnt we in on the last trip as the shop que looks like they are hving good biz and the ice kacang looks good too..

  9. TY

    Locals will never goes there is a bloody tourist trap.

    There is a shop nearby that serve authentic Nyoya food and nice cendol but is expensive.

  10. Tummy Rumble

    hahahhaa… u didn't like it too.. I found it just ordinary.. anyway, there's this good ice kacang place in kepong.. not sure how to discribe it to you.. i'll put it on google map one day and send it to u.. 🙂

  11. Bangsar-bAbE

    Tummy Rumble – Ooooo….yes, pls do!

    TY – Yup, tourist trap indeed.

    taufulou – Don't bother. =P

    eiling – Looks good, but it didn't taste the same….lol

    J2Kfm – I posted it a while ago…and also in my StarMetro feature article. 😉


    Eka – Thanks for sharing!

    nomad – Durian perfume? Hahaha…

    foodbin – Yup!

    leo – What to do…my friends wanted to try ma…

    Sean – Very deceiving!

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