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Ice Balls

by Jasmine C
(Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia)

Ice ball or ais kepal.

Ice ball or ais kepal.

I've been craving for Ice ball since I read an article about our Famous Penang Road Chendol from a food blogger what2see. I don't think kids nowadays have a clue about what that is. LOL! In fact myself I only had it once many many years back when im around 8 or 9 , I can't even remember anymore.

But I remember it clearly that there's a stall selling cold ice balls with rose syrup ''ang t'hng' outside the clinic in Anson Road. My grandma bought one for me, its just like ice kacang but instead of served in a bowl its made into a round shape and coated with sweet red syrup. It was Sooo GOood!

My Ah Chor's house wass located somewhere nearby in Jalan Lim Eow Thoon.And I remember that night was the Hungry Ghost Festival , the Anson Road market place is crowded from kids to old folks from the neighborhood, everyone went to watch the 'Ko Tai' (free performances to entertain the souls and 'hungry ghosts') as well as traditional opera and puppet shows.

There were many stalls selling tit bits and Super Th'ng (a Chinese dessert ) . I love those days ..I wish I could go back.

Back to the story, The Famous Cendol Stall in Penang , Even though it was really crowded, the Uncle was kind enough to make me 5 ice balls to go, it cost 90 cent each! But the memories it brings back to every adult is priceless..

At the age of 24, I'm still a big kid on sugar rush , it bring me big smile on my face to hold the cold ice ball on my hand , it makes me feel like I'm 8 again ..I love my Penang.

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Mar 01, 2011
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Ice ball
by: Lim Li Li

The last I had these balls was 40 years back near my house in Prangin Estate (near Weld Quay). Half the ball was soaked in red syrup and the other half would be in sarsi syrup. Yes, price should be around 5 cents, I think, because a bowl of sar hor fun in school was just 10 cents. We children would sucked the ball till the ice turned white and tried to persuade the vendor to add more syrup to it. The super th'ng should be the one we called see koh th'ng. Always a fav whenever there is a Koh tai or tua pneh hee (roadside stage shows).

Mar 06, 2010
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Ice balls
by: Sweet Jasmine

Hi Jasmine,

These ice balls had been around for more than 4 decades. I remember as a child I always go to this stall in front of my house to have iceball. Love to see the hawker shaving the ice from a big block of ice using his hand from the ice shaving machine. And it only cost 5 sen per ball at that time. Later I was crazy enough to buy one of this machine just for the ice balls when I had children of my own.

Feb 24, 2010
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ice ball fever
by: Jasmine

LOL , i didnt know it was called as Ice Kepal hahaha

Feb 23, 2010
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We called it "ais kepal"
by: Nazlina

Hi Jasmine,

yes I remember those balls, they were yummy. We called it ais kepal (or Malay Penang people called it ais kepai).

So sinfully sweet, so good on a hot sunny day, after coming back from school ;-)

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