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James Cendol, Sitiawan

Most locals would tell you to try James Cendol when you’re in Sitiawan. I’m asking you to do the same. I’ve been eating his cendol since I was a kid, when the stall was still in front of Fajar Supermarket (now The Store supermarket). Back then a bowl only cost RM1, and my brother and I would have two bowls each. 6 years ago, the stall relocated to the entrance of the Hindu temple next to The Store. Currently, there are two cendol stalls outside the temple – but you can easily spot James’ stall with the red bow-tie trademark.
Cendol (without pulut)
The secret to a good cendol lies in the palm sugar, coconut milk and green cendol strands – this cendol has it all. Add a dollop of pulut rice and you are soon on your way to cendol heaven. One of the things that make James Cendol so special is his pulut rice. Unlike most pulut rice that tends to be too hard, his version is fragrant and slightly chewy, giving the cendol a nice bite.These days, it is his wife, Devi who mans the stall with their son as James is in Ipoh on a personal business. Auntie still remembers me, and how greedy I was as a kid. Heck, I’m still no different, as I had two bowls of cendol with pulut (RM1.60 a bowl)! There’s nothing like a bowl of rich, refreshing cendol on a hot day, don’t you think? If you want, you can opt for the cendol without pulut rice, which cost RM1.50.
Ambiance: 4/10
Price: 6.5/10
Taste: 7/10
Verdict: Try this if you happen to be in Sitiawan. I just can’t get enough!
James Cendol
In front of Maha Mariamman Temple (next to The Store Supermarket).
Opens 11am-5.30pm.
Days off not fixed.
GPS Coordinates: N04 12 912, E100 41 426

10 Responses

  1. J

    The "uniform" with the red bow tie is so cute! 🙂

  2. thule a.k.a leo

    even if I go to Sitiawan, most probably I'd go for the seafood.. not much time to eat everywhere unless I spend a night there…

  3. Big Boys Oven

    definitely it will kill the thirst!

    Sidney Kan

  4. J2Kfm

    I prefer Penang's version to this though …. But still, this is good enough.

  5. iamthewitch

    Oh I remember this! I think it must have been more than 15 years ago that I had it! Complete with pulut… Really nice and chewy, and extremely cooling on a hot afternoon! You're from Sitiawan girl?

  6. worldwindows

    Cendol my favourite Malaysian dessert! Any variety will do.

  7. Yap

    this looks good.. btw, have you try out ss15's cendol ? it's near taylor's business school. it's heavenly awesome i tell you! =)

  8. Horlic

    Good to have this post for James Cendol in Sitiawan, else many people will be confused which is the right stall to go.

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    Horlic – Yeah…even I get confused sometimes.

    Yap – I have. I've been going there quite often, but the standard jatuh a bit de. =(

    worldwindows – I usually cannot stand cendols with big pieces of ice inside. Kills the experience.

    iamthewitch – Not me, both my parents. But I used to stay there during school holidays. 😉

    J2Kfm – Hehehe…both different la. But both also good. If I were to choose, Penang version is slightly nicer.

    BBO – Yup!

    leo – Spend the night la…then can have breakfast at the market. 😉

    J – It is!!

  10. We were at Sitiawan last Dec when we went back to visit my inlaws’ relatives. MIL brought us to eat @ James Cendol. I used to think Melaka serves the best cendol until I tried James. Only one word for James Cendol – AWESOME!

    We just returned from our 2nd trip last week. For those interested to try it, do note that their competitor (nearer to The Store) is also wearing similar white “uniform” now.

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