Sunday, February 16, 2020

Trying Malaysian Cuisine at Signatures Food Court of Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur

After visiting the Petronas Twin Towers (see previous episode for details), it was almost lunch time and we head towards the famous Signatures Food Court of Suria KLCC. Suria KLCC is an upmarket retail center at the feet of the Petronas Towers. It features mostly foreign luxury goods and high-street labels. Its attractions include an art gallery, an underwater aquarium and also a Science center.

The Signatures Food Court has a lot of different options which offers both local/Malaysian as well famous international cuisines. We were obviously looking for a local Malaysian cuisine experience and we finally selected a restaurant called Ahh-Yum by Kampong Kravers and ordered following:

  1. Nasi Lemak Berempah - RM 15.90 - Very tasty :) & recommended! - Fried chicken, white boiled sticky coconut rice, Sambal sause, hard bioled egg, peanutes, anchovies, crackers and cucumber
  2. Soto Nasi Imput/Mihun - RM 15.90 - Average taste, won't try again :( - Rice noodles in soupy broth, chopped green onions, chopped red peppers, bean sprouts, hard boiled egg, peanuts, crispy crackery rice noodles as topping and a locally made some traditional black sauce. (there was also two fritter-kind-of thing in orangish-color on the top, wasn't really able to figure out what that was)
  3. We tried one more dish from a different restaurant called Chicken Rice & Wantan Mee, and the dish is called BBQ Chicken - RM 11 - Good taste :) - Grilled chicken breast chunks served on top of white boiled rice with sambal sauce and some greens on top. Accompanied with a very light plain soup.

Exploring Cameron Highlands in Pahang, Malaysia

Exceptional scenic views of natural forest, tea plantations, hills, farms (strawberries, roses/flowers, cactus, honey bee, butterflies) and mountains. Delightful weather to go outdoors with ease in cool and calm breeze and enjoy the nature at its best :). We loved Cameron Highlands, and we made wonderful memories there that will live forever with us, and hopefully when we come visit Malaysia next time, we'll definitely go there again and spend more quality time.

Cameron Highlands is among the most popular highland retreats in Malaysia. It's very vast and much much bigger then Genting Highlands, more like a city in itself and for this reason it has plenty of open, natural spaces, valleys, farms, hills, and wonderful scenic spots to enjoy the mother nature in its raw form.

Cameron Highlands is best known for its scenic tea plantations and visitors are not only allowed to visit these plantations, but they also have beautiful viewpoints and cafe/restaurants where they can enjoy the tea, snacks and other beverages. The famous tea plantation viewpoints include:
  1. Boh Tea Plantation (Boh Estate, Factory, Plantation & Viewpoint)
  2. Tea House 1
  3. Tea House 2
  4. Tea House 3
The best natural experience and viewpoint is at Boh Tea Plantation, but to reach the viewpoint, you have to climb up some 70+ stair steps up the hill. The stair steps are carved out of un-even rocks and can be dangerous for elderly and small children. Once you reach up the hill, you'll be able to witness the whole valley around, a 360 degree view of plantations on all the hills around and in between beautifully looking wooden huts and cattle ranches. The entrance to Boh Tea Plantation Viewpoint is free. However, if you want to take a tour of Boh Factory and witness the tea making process then there's a fee for that.

If you are accompanying elderly or small children, then we recommend visiting Tea House 2, which has the second best experience after Boh. 

There are a lot of outdoor activities that you can enjoy in Cameron Highlands, such as:

Honey Bee Farms Tour
Strawberry Farms Tour (with option to pick strawberries on your own ~ RM 30 / 500 gms)
Rose/Lavender/Flower Gardens Tour
Cactus Point Tour
Butterfly Garden Tour
Mossy Forest and Natural Trail
Jungle Trekking
Robinson Falls
Orang Asli Village Tour
MARDI Agro Farm
Night Markets
Rafflesia - world's largest flower