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A popular Southeast Asian dessert of sweetened shaved ice, jellies and coconut milk, it’s perfect for cooling down in hot tropical weather!

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Pandan juice mixed with coconut milk

Step 1 - Make pandan juice, flavor coconut milk

  • In a blender, blend 6 pandan leaves and 600 ml of water until fine, then strain and set aside pandan juice.
  • In a pot, boil coconut milk, 1 tsp salt and 2 knotted pandan leaves.
  • Once the liquid starts to boil, turn off the heat to let it cool.
  • Set aside flavored coconut milk.
Heat gula melaka, knotted pandan leaves, brown sugar and water in a pan

Step 2 - Cook gula melaka syrup

  • In a separate pot on medium heat, mix gula melaka, 1 tsp salt, 2 knotted pandan leaves, 1 cup water and 2 Tbsp brown sugar until gula melaka melts and slightly thickens to the consistency you like.
  • Once the consistency is reached, set aside gula melaka syrup for cooling.
Mix rice flour, tapioca flour, mung bean flour, pandan juice and pandan extract together

Step 3 - Prepare chendol jelly batter

  • In a pan, add rice flour, tapioca flour, mung bean flour, strained pandan juice and 2 tsp pandan extract.

  • Mix well, then transfer batter to a stove and use medium heat to cook the batter. Use a spoon and mix well.

    Use alkaline water in chendol batter for jelly with a bite.
  • Prepare a large bowl of cold water to cool down the batter.

Chendol jelly batter in a piping bag inserted into a bowl of water 

Step 4 - Form chendol jelly

  • Once the batter has turned into a thick paste, take it off the heat and place into a plastic piping bag with a very small tip (depending on preference of thickness for the chendol jellies).

    To make the chendol jellies, you can also use a squeeze bottle with a fine tip or a strainer
  • Pipe directly into cold water to create small chendol jellies.

  • Leave it in the cold water to firm up.

    Popular in Malaysia, especially the port cities Penang and Melaka, there have been many spin-offs, including chendol jagung (corn), chendol pulut (glutinous rice), chendol bandung (rose syrup), mango chendol and even durian chendol!

Assemble and Serve!

Chendol jelly and kidney beans on a bowl of shaved ice

Add some chendol jelly and kidney beans to a tall glass or small bowl and top with lots of shaved ice. Drizzle gula melaka syrup and coconut milk to finish. Chendol is best served cold, immediately after preparation.

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