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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.

19 Responses

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

    i still prefer malacca’s 😛

    1. Bangsar Babe

      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. fiseel

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

    1. Bangsar Babe


  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…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      No prob! 🙂

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

    1. Bangsar Babe

      This cendol is quite soft, but maybe you can ask for a small spoon and see?

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

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Can tell him to omit it. 😉

  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 ….

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Jonker Street Cendol not nice wor…try going to Bukit Rambai. 🙂

  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 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Light snack can, light lunch hard la. Unless they eat a bowl of pulut. 😛

  8. ulric

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

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

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I’m glad he’s branching out. Let’s hope quality remains the same. 🙂

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

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Me too, me too! 😀

  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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