Monday, May 18, 2009

Cameron Highlands, Part 1, Pahang

Went for a short overnight trip to Cameron, with a fun, boisterous group of friends..
It has been ages since I've been to Camerons, so I was the 'katak bawah tempurung' compared to the rest of them who makes trips to Camerons on a yearly basis.
What remains the same since I last visited Camerons would be the lovely cool weather, the chilly air at night and the lovely, healthy looking plants there..
The flowers were just lovely..
We went pass the tea plantation, but didn't really went down for a closer view...I had a really up close and personal experience with the tea plantation years ago, which I shall not share here :p
And so what did we do?
Other than lunch and dinner (which will be in another post); we popped over to The Olde Smoke house for it's notoriously expensive but scrumptious scones..
While we were waiting for that scones to be prepared, we enjoyed the ambiance of the Smokehouse.. Rustic, cosy and serene; a lovely place to hang out with family/ friends (maybe not to stay though..may be a bit creepy at night :p).
While we were busy enjoying the cool air outside, Vincent informed us that the scones were already serve and we were back to our table within seconds..hehehe
The famed, very over priced scones (RM25 for 2 scones and a cup of tea)
Warm, buttery, solid yet crumbly...smells fantastic, tasted divine..
Slather it with load of clotted cream, home made strawberry jam and/or butter...gosh, I dont mind having this everyday for tea. Sinful yet delightful. Wash it down with a cup of strong tea, no milk, non sugared. Perfecto.
We took a walk to the famed pasar malam at Brinchang town after tea.. It was already packed though it was not even malam yet..
Lots of food and fresh produce..
Had the deep fried lily bulbs and mushrooms. The lily were very sweet and juicy. Mushrooms were too oily though. Vincent and Naz got some ayam goreng rempah, nasi kukus, popiah basah.. I see lots more food like deep fried crabs (not the soft shell type), prawns, squids..quite a lot of seafood up on such a mountainous area, no?
And popping to the next pasar malam lane brings us to lots of fresh veggies and fruits..
The norm stuff everyone bought were the strawberries and sweet corn. I got myself some fresh mushrooms, local avocados, lily bulbs, cordyceps and pearl beans. Everything were just so fresh and tasted so sweet and crisp.
And for our other meals there?..that would be another post..
The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant By The Golf Course, Tanah Rata, 39007 Cameron Highlands, Pahang.

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Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

gorgeous flowers! man, ye ole smokehouse still hasnt changed.. love the scones.. it's the ambiance that gets us everytime;)

19 May, 2009  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

haha, at least u r out of the tempurung already. me still in there since the early 90s..haha! it's a good short getaway, i must say.

ya lor, u are right. how did they get so much seafood up in the mountians? well, lucky for us tourists, i guess..hehe

19 May, 2009  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

hehe ... i'll be going in a month's time. the clotted cream + butter + jam looks almost too GOOD to be real ....

sinful yet delicious. though a tad pricey, but the experience that matters, mostly.

19 May, 2009  
Blogger foodbin said...

The Simpang Pulai drive up is more scenic.
lovely scones-price wise-ok.

19 May, 2009  
Anonymous jason said...

Look at the butter! *gulp

19 May, 2009  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

I like the pasarmalam ;)

19 May, 2009  
Blogger backStreetGluttons said...

Dun forgit the banana leaf restaurants in Tanah Rata ah !
Strange how come they have sprouted all over in the Cool Highlands
but hard to find English Roast

20 May, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

cumi&ciki: yes, the flowers were so pretty there. i guess the smokehouse retained it's rustic charms eh?

nic: that was about the same time since i last went to camerons too! hehe

j2kfm: it's scrumptious. and the price was before taxes ya :p

foodbin: heard so too, but my frens wanted to be there faster, hence the old trail...

jason: we didnt finish all of that la. thugh we asked for seconds of clotted cream and jam :p

mimid3vils: quite huge i must say, though selling more or less the same stuff

20 May, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

backstreetGluttons: we ate rotis and murtabak only at tanah rata.. didnt try the BLR :( ..hehe good point, where's the english roast?

20 May, 2009  
Blogger Tummythoz said...

Lemme guess .. steamboat? ;P

20 May, 2009  
Anonymous Life for Beginners said...

That reminds me --- I haven't been to Cameron Highlands in ages and ages too! :)

22 May, 2009  

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