Hot days in January…when its 2.00pm you will start to feel the heat. It will burns right through your tongue. Then you drive on the busy traffic with blazing sun and hitting the dust. Suddenly not far away you can see an auntie is grinding a large ice cube. That’s it… a famous local cuisine / desserts. A Cendol.
What is a Cendol actually? Before they made an ice cream.. there is a cendol. Ice cream is an upgraded version. Want to DIY a cendol? Here are the recipe:
1. Grinded ice or some say shaved ice (my english is poor lol)
2. Coconut Milk (but you can always try a cow milk, but coconut milk taste better with the good aroma)
3. Gula Melaka, or in plain english it is an extract of a sap from the flower bud of a coconut tree.(can try a brown sugar,its similar but not the same)
4 A Cendol – a sago pudding, similar to a cooked spaghetti and chopped part by part.
That’s it! just put it all together. Other creative fellow will add some fruit, glutinous rice, beans or corn. The percentage of sweetness depends on the Gula Melaka mixture. Creamy and sweet.. sounds bad for our organs huh?
Bukit Cendol…err Bukit Cina Cendol is proven good although the place is surrounded with 600 to 700 years old grave yard date back on Admiral Zeng He visit to Melaka and the Melaka Sultan marriage with Princess Han Li Poh from Ming Dynasty. The best thing about this old cemetery are it is the place for people jogging in the evening, having a tai chi practice, dating with girl friend and eating good cendol. Does all this happen in grave yard or cemetery at your places? Please leave an answer lol.
Despite a cendol, the bukit cina stall also have a good rojak lah. A rojak and a cendol. A combination for happy sleeping.
Well for those who want to visit Bukit Cina, the largest Chinese burial ground outside China.It is easily accessible from Melaka Town about 3 kilometer from Melaka Sentral and 2 Kilomtere from Banda Hilir. Along Jalan Putri Hang Li Poh and Jalan Bukit Cina. This cemetery covers over 3 hills and holds more than 12,000 graves dating back to the Ming Dynasty. At the foot hill you can find the oldest Well in Melaka – Well of Hang Li Po and next of it is Sam Po Kong Temple. A walking distance from the temple you will find the Cendol Stall.