In Penang we normally would go for the ice kacang and cendol for desert. Recently, I even posted an article of coconut jelly in my blog and it did create awareness among my readers.

I just got to know from Ken of Foodpoi of a fantastic dessert drink that is no so well known to the public. The chilled sherbet drink is know as ‘Ais Tingkap’ or ‘Window Sherbet’ (sold over the window).

The sweet red colour flavored (rose essence) drink is served in a chilled glass with fine shaved ice and pieces of coconut flesh.


Preparation of Ais Tingkap

First, the chilled glass is 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) is added on. 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.




The mixture is then vigorously ‘stirred but not shaken’. The result is a cool refreshing glass of Ais Tingkap serve over the ‘window’.



This drink is created in the late 1920′s with twenty-five different herbs and ingredients. However, over the years, the drink has undergone some changes, and prepared with only a few ingredients.

This glass of Ais Tingkap which cost RM1.50 is a nice complement with all the snacks that are sold around the area. Click here for the Map Location. This hawker stall located on Tamil Street/Penang Road (beside Chowrasta Market) is closed on Sunday.


***It came to my attention that those of you who uses Internet Explorer browser had difficulty assessing my website for the past few days. The problem has been rectified but the original post and all the comments on this Ais Tingkap were lost during the restoration. I apologise for all the inconvenience caused and also thank you to all of you for your support and also to those who informed me about the glitch.***

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 11:27 am and is filed under Drinks, George Town, Hawker, Penang. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

15 comments so far


i was one who had problems reading ur post.

this was posted by Cokeworld Citizen. one of her fav as well. haha …

somehow escaped me everytime i go there. alwiz went for cendol only

J2Kfm´s last blog post..Got Me Sayin’ ICHIBAN-desu !!! (Ichiban Boshi @ Pavilion, KL)

December 16th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

I don’t realise there’s ais tingkap all this while. I gain knowledge from here. :)

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December 16th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

J2kfm – Pai Seh for the inconvenience…glad you came by again. Only managed to taste this drink after the second visit but worth the travel.

Little Inbox – Everyone of us gain some knowledge from each other blog … that’s the good part of sharing :) Do go and try this drink.

December 16th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

So glad that the problem in your blog has been rectified.

The drink was created in the 1920s? Wow… looks so good but how come it isn’t that famous like ais kacang?

Selba´s last blog post..Manado Food

December 16th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

WOW! this is true, very unique kind of thirst killing drink! so lovely so delicious! I will defintely be there the next visit to Penang!

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December 16th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Hurray,finally the site is back!

This is some special dessert that is worth trying.

Sweet Jasmine´s last blog post..A Not Too Spicy Fish Curry……

December 16th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

ais tingkap…sound intresting…i wan go to try it out…^^

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December 16th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

It is always better to use Firefox than IE to surf net. Faster and less probs. Glad that u had solved your glitch.

This drink is new to me. Sounds and looks delicious!

lk´s last blog post..Fen ge herbal soup (?????)

December 16th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Selba – I am not too sure… as you know, everyone of us has our liking and dislikes. Thanks for informing me abt my blog problem.

Bigboysoven – This is a must try drink…we can go together when you visit Penang.

Sweet Jasmine – This drink is indeed special…nice of you for revisiting this post :)

Squall – The name already sound special, so is the drink itself.

lk – Thanks for having the dinner with me, it was wonderful meeting you. Do try out this special drink before you leave.

December 18th, 2008 at 10:10 am

hohoho you finally went to the stall eh? Suppose to be another guy tho when I went there. Now more ppl know about Ais Tingkap :)

Jian´s last blog post..Wan Tao Loong Jelly Dessert

December 20th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Jian – You also did a wonderful post on this place.

December 23rd, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Haha thanks. We are Penangnites mar…must support support lah.

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December 24th, 2008 at 3:07 am

I round a few rounds over there to find that stall but when i reached its closed…only to remember it is closed on Sunday…haha… will go again on other day to try this…:)

December 24th, 2008 at 11:11 am

Jian – Very spotty of you.

Ivan – Hope you like the taste of this drink.

December 24th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Yeah, the ais tingkap is nice. Had it several times in this particular stall. And so is the teh halia next door too. :)

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April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 am

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    [...] Satay, originally a Malay cuisine, has been fusioned and adapted by many races, as the idea of meat on the stick has been appealing since the early days. In Malaysia, the more popular type of skewered meat would be the chicken and beef. We came across this satay stall specializing in Satay Kambing (mutton satay) during my revisit for the cooling glass of Ais Tingkap. [...]

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