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MUCH has been said about the famous Banting Cendol stall, which I recently came across while cycling to Jugra with my buddies on a weekend.

While making our way across the busy street in Banting town, I noticed the stall just past the town’s monument. It carried a signboard which read, “Cendol Banting” and it also had the owner’s name on it.

This became my motivation to cycle back to Banting from Jugra on a hot day.

As we made our way to the stall under the scorching sun, I noticed that the person who handled the food was using an ice-shaver.

In this age of mechanisation, it is rare to see someone shaving the ice for a cendol manually rather than using a machine.

These specialised ice-shavers are considered ‘extinct’ in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

77B621A1211C49AC95991CC896F7F6BFSweet relief: The cendol stall was awelcome find after a hot bicycle ride.

Here in Banting, however, things are still being done the old-fashioned way.

A bowl of the cendol costs RM1.50 and if you want to tah pau (take away), the price doubles.

So, how does it fare?

I would say that the Cendol was good and on a scale of 1-to-10, I would give it a 7.

276E119A4FF64CCEB5400721CD17D68FCool dessert: Banting’s famous cendol.

There are also other variants of the Cendol customers can try.

Also on offer for the thirsty traveler are corn and glutinous rice toppings, which, of course, will mean a top-up on the price as well.

Besides the iced-dessert, the stall also sells Rojak at RM3.50. The Rojak is served on a styrofoam plate and I would rate it as below average. In fact, I would have to say it was the most awful Rojak I had ever tasted.

Kamarudin’s Cendol stall is located at the fringe of Banting town (GPS N 02 48 706, E 101 29 832), along the road to Jugra.

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