Ever since we had Indian rojak and chendol off the back of a truck at Section 17 several years ago, we have been looking for good Indian rojak that was not too far from where we usually stayed while in KL. The truck at Section 17 seemed to have relocated and we did not know where it went to. So when we chanced upon this stall in a coffee shop nearby where we had our noodles, we had to try it!
Malaysian Indian rojak seems to be found mainly in Malaysia so far. I have not really found any in Singapore though several Malaysian restaurants in Australia have emulated this dish rather well. The secret to good Indian rojak lay in the sweet potato and tamarind sauce which gives it an orange colour and the diced coconut fritters. I am not terribly fond of the prawn fritter or the sotong (squid) but the coconut fritter or cake which is slightly crunchy and usually cut up and mixed with the shredded turnip, bean sprouts and hard tofu is a MUST. Without these key ingredients, Indian or Mamak rojak would not be what it is. I am happy to say that this Indian rojak was really good, so good it reminded me of the rojak that was served from the back of the truck at Section 17 before. The best Indian rojaks are probably still sold out of the back of trucks, like they were in the good old days.
Chendol is a drink made and sold mainly by Indians as well. The drink originated from Indonesia. The green ‘worms’ as we would call it, are actually sago and rice flour cooked with pandan leaves, a bit of green colouring, alkaline water and other ingredients into a thick paste which is then forced through a large sieve with holes to form the worms. The syrup is made of gula melaka or palm sugar and these two ingredients along with coconut milk make up chendol. Original chendol does not have red beans. The one we ate at the shop had red beans in it, rendering it nice but no longer authentic in my books. I personally prefer it without red beans but many like the red beans. I may ask them not to put in the red beans next time but instead add in more gula melaka.
On closer scrutiny, this stall seems to be the famous Subang rojak at SS15 which operated, you guessed it, off the back of a truck! The ‘truck’ is now a proper stall called Rojak Subang at Jalan 52/18 New Town, PJ. The stall is in a shop located towards the bookshop and stationery section of the long street.