Apart from fire flies, it seems Kuala Selangor has a chilling secret! It’s in the form of Cendol Bakar – an endearing local dessert, given a fascinating twist by its creators.
If you’re intrigued enough by the name to stop and ask for a bowl, you’ll soon realise that the dessert was named after the man who owns the shop – Encik Bakar.
However, to live up to the word “Bakar” in the dessert’s name, which in English means to burn or roast, the Gula Melaka (palm sugar) used to make the sweet and mellow syrup, is first roasted tenderly to release its deeper, fuller flavours.
• Cendol VIP (RM2.00): nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang
• Cendol VVIP (RM2.50): pulut + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang
• Cendol tapai (RM3.00): pulut + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang
• Cendol durian (RM3.00): durian + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang
• Cendol pulut tapai (RM3.50): pulut + tapai + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang
• Cendol durian pulut (RM3.50): pulut + durian + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang
Obviously the method of roasting the gula Melaka first sets this cendol apart from others – the syrup is rich and mellow but refined in its sweetness. The coconut milk, the perfect companion to the syrup, is rich and creamy while the finely shaven ice gives this dessert a rather luxurious texture.
The tapai and pulut variations were especially delicious and made for a rather filling bowl of dessert.
Cendol Bakar also offers free cendol, a truly heartwarming gesture, to the disabled and poor who carry JKM cards.
Other than cendol, this shop also sells giant curry puffs, otak-otak, chicken wings, mee soto, and a host of other local delights.
So the next time you’re passing through Kuala Selangor, be sure to check out Cendol Bakar before you go on your way.
Route 54 (just off Jalan Teluk Piah Kanan)
Kuala Selangor, Selangor.
GPS: 3.30344, 101.29778
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com