The mother of all Malaysian dessert, it is also known as “ABC Ais”. Ais Kachang literally translated means “Iced beans”, but it contains more than that. Ais Kachang is a mixture of shaved ice with red and brown syrup over red beans, jelly, sweet corn, “attap chi” and evaporated milk. Ice cream is an additional ingredient available upon request. Super stuff at RM1.00 - RM1.50 (USD$0.25 - USD$0.60) per bowl.
For the best Ais Kachang in town (in no particular order): Stall in front of corner coffee shop in Swatow Lane (afternoons only).
Cendol is a favourite desert among locals. It is easily identified: green pandan flavoured noodles in white coconut milk with brown sugar. Sweet heavenly stuff - super cheap and ultra good. Costs between RM0.50 - RM1.00 (USD$0.20 - UDS$0.40) per bowl.
For the best cendol in town (in no particular order): Stall at a lane off Penang Road, opposite Police Headquarters Eating outlet at Midlands One-Stop Centre, 1st Floor above Sushi King row of shoplots Lorong Selamat coffee shop
Fruit and vegetable salad consisting of cucumber, pineapple, nutmeg, unripe mango, cuttlefish and jambu air, mixed in a potent sauce of prawn paste, chilli, belacan and crushed ground nuts. A healthy alternative for RM1.00 - RM1.50 (USD$0.25 - USD$0.60) per plate.
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Dessert of fruits and jellies in syrup served hot or cold. Costs between RM0.50 - RM1.00 (USD$0.20 - UDS$0.40) per bowl. Try the Gurney Drive hawker centre in the evenings.
Thin strips of grilled squid taken with sweet and spicy sauce. A fishy delight for RM4.00 - RM6.00 (USD$2.00 - USD$2.40) per serving.
For the best Sotong Bakar in town (in no particular order): Golden Phoenix Restaurant in Gurney Drive
Don't miss the opportunity to savour specialities such as Bubur Cha-Cha, Bee Koh Mai, Gandum, Cheh Thau, Gado-Gado, Mua Chee, Eu Char Koay and Pie Tee.