The best thing to have in Taiping at 35degrees@Ansari Famous Cendol, Taiping

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I was in town running some errands at midday. The dry season was here to stay, not just in Klang Valley but also in the land with the highest rainfall in Malaysia! No doubt, when it is the raining season in Taiping, it pours and pours like Niagara falls, but when its hot…you could easily fry an egg in the open from the rays of sunshine.

Although my car air-conditioning was at its full blast, the heat was at its peak, and I was dehydrated. Somehow rather, my subconscience guided me here after a few turns…and huh??? I am at Ansari Famous Cendol!

Oh well, I found an empty space conveniently located just in front of the shop. It was meant to be-lah!

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The entire place was packed with races of all kinds, busy chitterchattering away. After placing my order, I sat down with an old malay man and had a fun talk about how delicious the cendol was.

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There you go. The perfect thing to have at 35 degrees. Even better if you are currently perspiring.

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The awesome thing about this cendol is that I grew up with it. Coming back here each time to have a bowl, just brings along the whole nostalgic feel. I believe it is also the same expression to the rest of the Taiping-ites who come here for cendol.

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Even my mom could not resist the temptation of Ansari’s cendol since the weather was hot and dry. One pack to go, A-neh!

Hold your horses…your jaw is gonna drop when I tell you the cost of each bowl.

RM 1.60….say wha—–t?

That is what I love about Taiping food. My birth place’s food. Taiping rawks!

Address:
Ansari Famous Cendol
92, Jalan Barrack,
34000 Taiping, Perak
Tel: 012 633 3641

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New tries during CNY@Home

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I just learnt a little bit more about my cousin today. I never knew that he was a big time coffee drinker until he offered to bring over his Nespresso machine when I grumbled having caffeine withdrawals.

The pellets were flown in specially from Singapore, with the cost of about RM2 plus per pellet. I went with “Arpeggio”, with the “ooomph” intensity of 9 out of 12. I wonder why out of 12 rather than the usual 10.

The machine was a little noisy, but it did a fairly good job making my withdrawal symptoms immediately disappear upon my first sip. The aroma was fragrant and the flavour was dense, thick and slightly cocoa-ish. The taste was a million times better than the Nespresso machine in office using the flat-version of pellets which taste utterly bad and sour.

I’d still prefer the ground beans french press way which gives similar quality to this and with a fraction of the price of the pellets. But of course, this spells convenience with just a drop into the hole, and the machine does everything else.

Thanks for the new try!

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My gf, LY’s mom offered us to try out her roasted “happy seeds” from the “hoi sam” tree. Outwardly, it looked like a chestnut, but elongated. The colour inside was yellowish like a gigantic version of a ginko. The taste was an acquired one to me…a mixture of ginko+chestnut+chickpeas. At the end of eating one, I was not sure what to make out of it. It definitely did not make me happier haha. But…it was fun to get to try something new from a tree grown in her backyard.

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Mom’s ginko barley foochuk dessert is the BEST. You can taste the love in every bite of ginkos. I used to help her break the ginkos’ shells, peel off those skins and take out their ‘heart’ which make them bitter. The amount of time, work and effort..oh gosh..it’s madness.

To express my biggest thanskgiving, I ate 3 bowlfuls until my tummy bloated up. It was a happy bloating indeed!

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Cute magnets from Taiwan! They are too adorable! Happy Chinese New Year everyone 🙂

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