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.
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.
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.