It melts fast, too, though it was slushy and low-slung to start with. (Compare this firmer, towering version from Singapore, meant to be consumed while seated in the relative stability of a food court.) Penang's most famous ice kacang (rm 1.50, or about 43 cents at the time) combines shaved ice with sweet corn, red beans, and attap chee (the pale, unripe seeds of the nipah palm, at upper left), then drizzles the lot with a bright syrup (flavored with rose water?) and evaporated milk. Next stop: the bottom of the bowl.
Note: The hawkers along Swatow Lane likely have been moved indoors, to a nearby building that was under construction when I snapped the photo at bottom.
Swatow Lane Ice Kacang
(From a December 2006 visit)