In Penang we always go for ice kacang and cendol as our desert. Recently, I have posted coconut jelly in my blog and it created awareness among my readers. I just got to know through Ken of Foodpoi of a fantastic dessert drink that is no so well publicized. It is know as ‘Ais Tingkap’ or ‘Window Sherbet’ as the chilled sherbet drink was sold over the window.
It is a chilled sweet red colour flavored (rose essence) drink served in a chilled glass with fine shaved ice and pieces of coconut flesh.
Preparation of Ais Tingkap
First, the chilled glass was filled with fine shaved ice and white sugar syrup. The shaved ice causes the drink to have a frosted effect on the glass.
Then a spoonful of getah anggur (olibanum gum resin from tree bark), rose essence and biji selasih (basil seeds) are added in. The basil seed when soak will expand into tadpole like eggs which has a translucent gel covering a crunchy seed.
It is then topped up with pieces of coconut flesh and coconut water. The final ingredients of fragrant herbs and root mixture are added in using a spray.
Finally, the mixture is then vigorously ‘stirred but not shaken’. The result is a cool refreshing glass of Ais Tingkap serve over the ‘window’.
We were told that this drink was created in the late 1920′s. Over the years, this drink has undergone some changes. In the olden days, they used twenty-five different herbs and ingredients whereas now they only uses a few.
This hawker stall is located in Tamil Street/Penang Road (beside Chowrasta Market). It is closed on Sunday. This glass of Ais Tingkap which cost RM1.50 is a nice complement with all the snacks that are sold around there. Click here for the Map Location.
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