It’s always ‘summer’ and rainy in countries near the equator of the Earth. Even if you walk for five minutes under the gigantic fire ball burning up in the sky, surely you’re gonna break a sweat, or maybe bath a sweat already! By reading my introductory phase, I believe you can get a glimpse of how hot it could be all day, everyday! But somehow I’m grateful that the temperature in my country still doesn’t exceed over 40 degree Celsius which I know some people would rather stay at home if the environment is scorching hot.
Oh no, I babbled too much about the weather. But of course it is relatable with my topic today. What do you do if the weather outside is blazing hot that it makes you perspire non-stop? Put it this way, you’re NOT in a car where you can maximise the air conditioner neither you’re on a motorcycle to feel the breeze as you ride it. You walk alone. You find a spot to catch a breath.
Like all human, we’re gonna buy ourselves a few cold canned drinks at a convenient store to quench the thirst away, to calm our body with cold drinks that go down the oesophagus. Rather than getting yourself a bottle of Pepsi, here it is I’d like to suggest you to try a bowl of CENDOL that is prominent in most South East Asia countries (if you were to travel in one those countries).
Given its name Cendol, is an iced sweet dessert that contains worm-like jelly droplets made up of flour, coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup (We call it Gula Melaka). The basic ingredients of this dessert are coconut milk, worm-like jelly made up of rice flour with green food colouring that is usually derived from Pandan leaf, raw shaved ice, and palm sugar. Usually in my country, Cendol is served with sweetened red beans in a bowl instead of a glass.
Cendol has become quintessential which can be found almost everywhere be it on many busy streets, eateries, or hotels. However, it is more common to see hawkers selling it by the road side. To date, Cendol does not only have red beans in it but a bunch of more derivatie Cendol has come into existence like Cendol Durian, Cendol Pulut, and Cendol Jagung which all of this has their own unique taste.