Known for its cooler temperatures, lush green tea plantations, scenic waterfalls, mountainous hiking trails and fragrant strawberry farms, the Cameron Highlands is a beautiful area to experience when you’re visiting Malaysia.
Cameron Highlands is a long and windy and bumpy drive, approximately 200km from Kuala Lumpur.
Unfortunately our tour only allowed for one night in the mountains. It was certainly enough to see what a pretty part of the world it is and taste some of the great local food.
We went to Boh Tea – a plantation of 3rd generation growers and 1st generation plants (plantations last around 250 years). The tea plants are fertilised every six months and tea leaves are harvested every three weeks. This plantation alone produces around four million kg of tea every year.
The views were spectacular from the outdoor deck, I’m guessing it’s a sight that would be pretty hard to get sick of.
For dinner we went out for steamboat. It’s an interactive eating experience where you get to be the cook. A big pot was delivered to the table with some vegetable stock, as well as loads of ingredients to pop into the water. The vegetables, tofu, noodles and vegetarian meats I had all cooked super fast so there wasn’t much waiting around to eat. It was a great meal and such a light and fresh way to eat.
One of my favourite eats was down at the roti shop. We had dosa (a thin and crispy pancake) that’s dipped into curry, followed by two types of filled roti for dessert – one with banana, the other with local strawberries.
Roti is made simply with wheat flour, ghee, salt, water and baking powder. The dough is individually portioned and left overnight to prove. I was fascinated with watching the roti being tossed until it’s a see-though and thin, then filled with fruit and folded into a square. The roti is cooked on a hot plate until it’s crispy outside and soft inside.
Up next: We have an incredible homestay with a lovely Muslim family.
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