1. Old Amoy Chendol
Founded in 1950, but folded in 2004, the brand has been revived by two youngsters: the owner’s grandson, former model Zhao Youning and celebrity chef Justin Foo (recently of Provisions).
They’re keeping it real with the original recipe and making sure details matter (such as getting the gula melaka from an artisanal producer in Sarawak) and the result is a refreshing bowl of coconuty goodness. The default level of sweetness is not insane but they will check how sweet you want it.
Address: #02-008 Chinatown Food Complex, Tel: 8748 7590.
Working with Bjorn Shen, one of the judges in the upcoming Masterchef Singapore, Icehaus came up with one of the most delicious interpretations of chendol.
Andaz Pop is a palm sugar-coconut ice cream and red bean-caramel filled popsicle, coated with pandan-flavoured white chocolate. The coconut flavours are rich, and the pandan white chocolate added aroma.
Address: Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Tel: 6408 1288.
3. Malaysia Boleh
The best chendols are found in Malaysia, but a close representation is available at Jurong Point.
Malaysia Boleh is a foodcourt that is almost always packed. The draw? Almost authentic comfort food from our neighbour.
The chendol here is beloved for its soulful gula Melaka. It is unapologetically sweet and a little goes a long way, which is why few people complain about the tiny portion.
Address: #03-28 Jurong Point.
4. Four Seasons Cendol
Don’t be fooled by the unattractive appearance, the chendol here is good.
My favourite element here is the almost creamy coconut milk. And they are generous with it.
Address: 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, #01-07, Tel: 8720 1124.
5. Chendol Melaka
Housed within a popular coffee shop, this humble looking stall is a firm favourites with nyonyas, which augurs well for quality.
The chendol is excellent, as expected. It is not as sweet as the others but the creaminess is winning. Besides the chendol, if you’re there early enough, you can also order the nasi ulam and make a meal out of your visit.
Address: Soy Eu Tua Coffee Shop, 15 Upper East Coast Road, Tel: 9630 1338
6. Makan Melaka
The idyllic neighbourhood this restaurant is located at is perfect for this laidback dessert. The sea stretches into the distance, there is more greenery than humans (on a weekday) and the breeze is gentle. Eating a bowl of chendol here feels like you’re on a mini-break vacation.
The version here is lighter than the rest, but the pale green “worms” has the strongest pandan taste.
Address: 1 Changi Village Road #01-2046, Tel: 6542 1246.