75 Peanut Soup
1 Kadayanallur Street #01-57, Maxwell Food Ctr (Map) 7.30am – 2pm (or till sold out)
Mr Peh Cheng Giap is the third generation in his family helming this stall and he's already a senior citizen in our midst. It's still made old fashioned hand work style by boiling them in pots at the back of the stall (no fancy machinery). When you first tear into their peanut soup, you can sense they boiled it till it turns soft and creamy as it disintegrates in the mouth. They now use a lot less sugar than we first knew. It so easy to like, especially when you have this for a sweet ending to the food in this hawker centre. The other favourite of ours is the red bean soup, cooked till smooth and soft with bits of sago and lotus seed and perfumed by some dried tangerine peel – an old school secret.
AR Rahman Café
665 Buffalo Rd #01-247, Tekka Mkt & Food Ctr (Map) 7am – 11pm Daily
This one has a difference yet draws the same love; it is Indian in style and not like many others here. They use crushed, not shaved, ice and it delivers a lovable crunchy texture on the way in. They, too, are easy on the sugar effect. When you let this sit, it turns into a coconut milky Chendol with soft chendol pandan jelly and sweet red bean drink with bits of crushed iced, very similar to the Indian versions in Penang. The coconut intensity is light and makes it so drinkable.
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