The weather has been sweltering hot these days – If you’re looking for a quick thirst quencher in a no-frills setting, look no further than Kwong Wah Ice Kacang @ Happy Mansion in PJ.
The shop is small and jam packed with tables, so don’t expect to linger on for hours – strictly a “drop in-eat-and go” kinda place. That being said, the interior has a couple of nice touches, such as the counter boasting beautiful Peranakan-inspired tile, the warm yellow lights and the cool blue walls. The stall where their signature ice kacang and cendol is prepared is at the front.
Food options are limited as most people come here for the desserts, but diners can also grab basic items such as nasi lemak and Mee Siam, as well as a variety of Nyonya kuih and freshly baked buns. The nasi lemak is cheap and tasty, but the portion is pretty small, as it only comes with a quarter slice of egg, some anchovies and sambal.
The Ais Kacang (RM5.50) did not disappoint: the shaved ice was nice and fine, and it had a decent amount of ingredients to satiate one’s sweet tooth cravings. The fragrance of the coconut milk and thick, caramel-like sweetness of the gula melaka (palm sugar) bound everything together really well. Definitely hits the spot in hot weather!
KWONG WAH AIS KACANG
No. 5, Block C, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, Petaling Jaya
Business hours: 11am to 6.30pm (daily)