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aventinus Apr 14, 2008 12:52 PM

Is there any place around to get Singapore-style cendol that's close to as good as the real thing?

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    WBGuy RE: aventinus Apr 14, 2008 01:38 PM

    Simpang Asia or Indo Cafe, both in West LA, have Indonesian style cendol which I like better than Singaporean style (though I'm very biased in my opinion).

    They have other shaved ice desserts in addition to cendol.

    Simpang Asia
    10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    Indo Cafe
    10430 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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      aventinus RE: WBGuy Aug 23, 2008 07:46 PM

      I had the cendol at Simpang Asia. Thanks, very tasty. It wasn't the stuff you eat with a spoon that I remember from Singapore/Malaysia, but rather a drink, somewhat like falouda. It had good, exotic flavor (especially palm sugar) and texture.

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        WBGuy RE: aventinus Aug 24, 2008 11:31 AM

        Cendol in Indonesia is a drink.

        You want stuff you eat with a spoon, ask for Es Campur, or Es Teler, they come with different toppings. Thankfully none of them include beans. Bleh.

        You should try out Korean bingsu. Esp the coffee bingsu at Koffea.

        610 S Berendo St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

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      aventinus RE: aventinus Apr 14, 2008 03:48 PM

      Thanks. What I miss is all the accessories in Singapore--agar agar, beans, grass jelly, durian, etc. It can be totally decadent.

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        mungus RE: aventinus Apr 15, 2008 01:37 PM

        I don't know what how Indonesian style compares, but I've seen cendol on the menu at Ramayani on Westwood.

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          bulavinaka RE: aventinus Aug 26, 2008 10:45 PM

          Singapore's Banana Leaf in the Farmer's Market off Fairfax has a pretty good cendol as well as ice kachang (ais kacang). IMHO, the most of their menu is pedestrian but a good intro to Singaporean/Malaysian food for those who've never had it before...

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