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Sabang - Wheaton

SG8012 Feb 17, 2014 11:40 AM

Hello - Wheaton used to have a fabulous Indonesian restaurant - Sabang, until they closed in 2007 or so. Sabang had a terrific menu, but one of the items that I can't seem to find anywhere is the name of that green glutinous dessert made from rice that was in a pool of palm sugar/coconut milk syrup (I believe). Does anyone remember the name of the dessert? Thanks!

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    ahanna Mar 7, 2014 03:34 PM

    As Indonesian, My guess about that grren glutinous dessert is Es Cendol. If you happen to travel to NY (elmhurst area), you will find this cendol sold at any Indonesian restaurant/shop.

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    1. re: ahanna
      SG8012 Mar 7, 2014 03:40 PM

      Hi - thanks for the reply! In my experience, Es Cendol is typically cold. Is there a version of warm es cendol? This restaurant served the dessert in a palm/brown sugar syrup.

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      The Big Crunch Feb 20, 2014 01:33 PM

      I miss that place :(

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      1. re: The Big Crunch
        DanielK Feb 20, 2014 07:18 PM

        I miss it from 20 years ago. The restaurant that was there under that name it's last 5 years or so was a pale shadow of the original.

      2. TheMatt Feb 17, 2014 03:07 PM

        Perhaps it was a pandan version of bubur sumsum? Bubur sumsum is Indonesian rice pudding:


        and, to me, green often makes me think of pandan (see pandan cake).

        That said, the green could also be avocado-based as well (a la the chocolate avocado smoothie you often see at Indonesian restaurants). Bangkok Golden often does an avocado sticky rice dessert.

        ETA: There are some very green bubur sumsum pandan pics out there:


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        1. re: TheMatt
          SG8012 Feb 21, 2014 02:45 PM

          Thanks so much for the reply!

          That recipe looks delicious and like something i would like to try making! Unfortunately, it isn't quite what they used to serve. It was a bit more glutinous.

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