Four Seasons Chendol
#01-34, 210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh.
The smooth and soft green jellies are the main attraction in this chendol. You also get that delicate fragrance of pandan that elevates the entire dessert. Concealed under a large dome of shaved ice infused with coconut milk and gula melaka, the jellies sit together with generous portions of atapchi and red beans. – Davelle Lee, features writer
The Naked Finn
39 Malan Road, tel: 6694-0807.
This is, hands down, the best chendol I’ve had. While the combination is quintessential, each component is made perfect. The plump, chewy green chendol jelly is made from scratch, and the thick gula melaka syrup is accented with sea salt. But my favourite part of the dessert is the house-made coconut sorbet, which is used in place of shaved ice. It has pieces of coconut flesh in it, and you can taste the natural sweetness of coconut juice. – Mia Chenyze, consumer and lifestyle writer
#01-2046, 1 Changi Village Road, tel: 6542-1246.
The chendol comes with options to add different topping such as durian and corn, but it is good enough on its own. The fragrance of the coconut milk and the pale hued pandan jellies tell you that the ingredients are made fresh. There is a bit of saltiness to the dessert which helps to make it less jelak. The only thing that would have made this even better is for the shaved ice to be smoother. – Jasper Yu, photographer
Kampong Chai Chee Restaurant
#01-34, 1 Woodlands Road, tel: 6767-2432.
There is nothing quite like pairing your favourite dessert with your favourite fruit. There is actual durian flesh in this durian chendol, which is served in tall cup. The robust aroma of the king of fruit comes through in every bite. I would suggest mixing in the dollop of vanilla ice cream to augment the creaminess of the dessert since the rest of the components tend to pool around the bottom of the cup, leaving only the shaved ice at the top. – Cassandra Lee, assistant account manager
Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert
#01-20, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, tel: 9093-2018.
The green jellies and the red beans aren’t anything to shout about. But the rest of the elements are absolutely worth the trek to this hawker stall. The coconut milk is fragrant and velvety smooth, while the thick, fudge-like gula melaka poured generously over the finely shaved ice almost tastes like sticky toffee sauce. It’s gloriously gao and sinful, but oh so good. There is a hint of saltiness to it to add a depth of flavour and to help cut how rich and sweet the syrup is. – Ho Pei Ying, consumer and lifestyle writer
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