Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Cameron Highlands 2015 – Food Part 1

Decode AdventureI’m going to start this post with some bonus content about a place we went to before heading up to Cameron Highlands – The Plan b. Café in Ipoh.

After touching down at KLIA2, Eugene and Katrina picked both the Tiger and I up and drove down to Ipoh, in the state of Perak, Malaysia. Situated at the foot of the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh is a town known for its heritage, heart, and food.

We had the usual Ipoh Hor Fun, the famous Ipoh Bean Sprout / Tau Geh (which is probably the only bean sprouts I will ever eat now), and something which we spotted a few times – Crème Caramel. It was okay.

The only taugeh I will eat now.
The only taugeh I will eat now.
Ipoh Creme Caramel
Ipoh Creme Caramel

A satisfying lunch later, we took a walk around and tried looking for the café which was opened in honour of the late Yasmin Ahmad. And we didn’t realize we were parked right in front of it until the Tiger and I returned to the car.

Plan b. Café

A brief look at the wonderful late Yasmin Ahmad
A brief look at the wonderful late Yasmin Ahmad

Apart from being a cool getaway from the humidity and heat, Plan b. Café welcomed visitors with a few sayings from Yasmin Ahmad. Upon entering, the café was wide and spacious, with more of her sayings hung on the walls and natural light streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

While relaxing with our fizzes, teas, and iced water, the Tiger indulged in a bit of drawing (and got a free cappuccino after!) and I, writing. We didn’t manage to sample their food (we were filled to the brim during lunch). However, it was a great getaway from the heat and the service was great. The fact that the café was attached to a few independent trinket stalls contributed to the overall indie feel as well.

Just chilling out before the climb up
Just chilling out before the climb up
And this place suits the Tiger very well indeed
And this place suits the Tiger very well indeed

Having our fill of drinks and exploring the few trinkets here and there, we made our way up to Cameron Highlands!

Jin Jin Steamboat

Apart from Tea and Strawberries, barbecues and steamboat are popular activities in Cameron Highlands.

Determined to experience as many food adventures as possible, we went to Jin Jin Steamboat (Or Jin2 Steamboat), which was a short drive down to the Butterfly Farm from the Copthorne (where we were staying). My first word of advice is – get there early because the queue goes insane once the dinner rush hour starts. We shared our table with another couple.

FOOD!
FOOD!
OTHER HALF OF FOOD!
OTHER HALF OF FOOD!

Their menu is extensive. Apart from their Steamboat sets (where you choose a soup base, and add ingredients if you would like to), they have a good range of western and Chinese items so you can have your Steamboat and cheese-baked rice and eat it too.

With Chicken in one half and Tom Yam in the other.
With Chicken in one half and Tom Yam in the other.

Something we noticed through our entire trip – the eggs in Cameron Highlands have been fresh and fantastic. Apart from the half-boiled eggs the Tiger and Eugene have been taking since our first hotel breakfast, the eggs we poached in the flavourful steamboat soup base were amazing.

The fact that each steamboat set is served with a heaping plate of meat and vegetable ingredients just makes you know that you’re going to eat well and full.

Jin Jin is located at 43rd Mile, Kea Farm, Cameron Highlands (Pahang, Malaysia).

BOH Tea Plantation

In the cool surroundings and the scenic views, having a freshly brewed cup of tea with moist cake or piping-hot pastry at a balcony overlooking the trellises of a large tea plantations may be one of the best feelings ever.

Tea leaves make 3 kinds of tea. From the biggest to the smallest, the leaves make - Black, Green, and White Tea.
Tea leaves make 3 kinds of tea. From the biggest to the smallest, the leaves make – Black, Green, and White Tea.
Beautiful emerald trellises
Beautiful emerald trellises

The BOH Tea Plantation was our last stop during the day tour we took during our second-to-last day at Cameron. As the factory was closed for the day (it was Hari Raya Puasa when we visited), we decided to head for the café.

The line was INSANE.

But the food was worth it.

As a group, we ordered their hot Cameronian Tea, their cold Orchid Tea, Strawberry Cheesecake, Sausage Pastry, Butter Cake, and a Strawberry Tart. I was impressed by their Orchid Tea. Cold tea usually finishes with this bitter aftertaste for me and I don’t really like it unless it has a good amount of fruit syrup in it. The Orchid Tea had the fragrance of fresh flowers, but a good balance of quality tea (qualitea ehehehe) and natural sweetness.

Their Sausage Pastry added a spicy kick and the Strawberry Tart, a crumbly mixture of butter and jam, going incredibly well with their Butter Cake. Their Strawberry Cheesecake was the star of our morning / afternoon tea, buttery crust, light but rich cheesecake filling, and fresh strawberry to top it all off. Washing it down with Cameronian Tea, in full view of the plantation ridges was wonderful.

Up close and far away
Up close and far away
The hills are definitely alive.
The hills are definitely alive.

The BOH Tea Plantation and café (We went to the Sungei Palas Garden), is located at 39100 Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. For more information, click here.

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