Pronounced (with Midwest twang): ice ka-chang
Looks just like a crunchy, sweet, refreshing snow cone, right?
But wait- dive your spoon beneath that pink iceberg and- what’s this? A bowl of red beans and sweet corn! Those seaweed-esque brown fingers? Grass jelly! And the green sluggish things? Cendol, or a jelly made from starch, and colored (oh-so-appetizingly) by pandan leaves.
It’s a favorite with the Malaysians; and, if you’ve ever craved the tastes of a Popsicle, melted into a lentil salad, drowned in sugar syrups, and layered with slimy, limpid candies, I’m sure you’ll dig right in.