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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cameron Highlands - Of Steamboat Dinner, Pasar Malam Brinchang & BEER Ice-Cream?!!

I'm psycho. Yup, read that right. After a long hiatus, I decided to post the remaining photos from my August 2008's Cameron Highlands getaway. (For previous instalments, click HERE). Here goes nothing ...

The prawns, the squids, the compulsory B-A-L-L-S, dumplings, enoki mushrooms and boiled quail's eggs (to boost that cholesterol level a notch or two)

Cameron Highlands houses various steamboat outlets, each with its own following, and charges almost the same price. But the portions may not be adequate, and choices are rather limited. So, being the smart alecs that we are, we transported 2 whole steamboat sets, shopped for a lot of ingredients before we reached the highlands, and held the inaugural annual steamboat dinner in Cameron.

Seeing greens? Motormouth I may be, but I worship my vegetables nonetheless ...

One pot clear broth flavoured by chicken stock, another by tomyam paste. Once again, we did NOT learn our lesson from last year's Steamboat-in-Cameron event, leftovers aplenty, that lasted until the next day's breakfast. Mostly the greens were bought in excess. Wonder which one of us is the culprit/carnivore ....

Giant white radishes ... Arm yourself with one, and no thugs will dare come near!

After a potentially stomach-bursting dinner, the sane option would be to burn them "evil calories" off. And what better way than to traverse through the pasar malam (night market) in Brinchang, savouring the sights, the sounds, and erm, the FOOD?!!! =O

Clockwise from top left : (a) Crystal Jambu (amazingly sweet and crunchy fruit @ RM6 each!), (b) Fried mushrooms, watercress, enoki mushrooms, (c) Fried BIG prawns, crabs and chicken, (d) "I see strawberries. They're everywhere.

Ice cream with a twist?

The night market at Brinchang town comes alive every weekend, on Friday and Saturday. My aim of course, is the FOOD. Though you can buy fresh vegetables, flowers, clothes and accessories, and the usual offerings at your favourite pasar malam.

My list of MUST-TRIES : 1) Batter-fried Enoki Mushrooms, and "Kam Cham Fah"

2) Fried sweet potato balls - Orange & Purple ones!

3) The jagung/maize/corn - Dubbed "Jagung Mutiara" ~ Sweet & juicy

4) The imaginatively-flavoured ice cream ...

The ice-cream stall owner is a friendly auntie, making her own ice-cream, and developing new flavours every now and then. It so happened that night, BEER, RUM, Cheesecake, Mango, Strawberry, Buah Cinta (Love fruit?), and various other weird varieties were available.

People say steamboat should be enjoyed with a pint of beer or two. Sad to say, we did not buy any. BUT, here's redemption. BEER Ice Cream !!! You can really taste the beer in the creamy dessert, thus every lick was a joy. The other flavour I tried was the Cheese flavour. Awkward, but not as cheesy as I'd hoped it would be.

Various sights around, and from our apartment, The Honeymoon Villa

Strawberry Muffins, and the morning-afternoon market at Brinchang

Sweet Potato Balls, and Jagung Mutiara (RM2/each), that can be eaten raw

And that's a wrap, folks. Thinking of a destination for your family vacation? Or a simple getaway from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life? Visit Cameron Highlands for a cool, relaxing, and serene experience ...

18 comments:

PenangTuaPui said...

lucky u all brough your own set and have your own steamboat at the apartment else ur head will be chopped off by the steamboat outlet there...

kena one time..... :(

Allie said...

oo... I luv da corn and the sweet potato balls. But I never tried those purple one b4. Hmm.. must try it if I visit cameron.

CUMI & CIKI said...

you had me at BEER ICECREAM! haha

Life for Beginners said...

Oh I want me some BEER ice-cream too... Can't BEAR not to have it! LOL

Nic (KHKL) said...

did someone mention beer ice cream???

guiness or white beer ar? ;D

J2Kfm said...

penangtuapui : wah, so expensive meh? I thought the price stated.

allie : pls do so. but the purple and orange ones taste exactly the same.

cumi &ciki, kenny & nic : altogether now, YAMSENG !!! ...

jason said...

Wah, yamseng with beer ice cream, not bad eh?

Jackson said...

wow... so much ingredients in the steamboat!! feeling must b great since its cold ..

mimid3vils said...

Steamboat is a must @ Cameron!!

J2Kfm said...

jason : you wan not? YAMSENG 2U2!!! damn, Friday's a joyful day ain't it?

jackson : truthfully, not that cold, unless at night. walking to the pasar malam in the breezy, cooling weather was great.7th month somemore.

mimid3vils : yup! agreed!

Tummythoz said...

I've got Cameron trip still in d works. It was.. err.. can't even recall when. Hey, I did not bump into ice-cream auntie. *sniff*

SuwEi said...

Next time if going to steamboat again, plz remember no need to buy so much green leafy vegetable.Must learn from lessonzz.

Timothy Low said...

Wah ... nice images man .... Malaysian Tourism would pay you loads for these photos .. you should go talk to them....

-kent- f0 粉肠 said...

strawberry muffin, fried mushroom and so many food~!!!

i muz find some time to go !!!

and steamboat was so suitable there!!!

ck

Precious Pea said...

You made me so wanna go Cameron. I like the steamboat leh!!!

J2Kfm said...

tummythoz : hehe, ice cream auntie alwiz there one, in pasar malam.

suwei : yeahloh, feels like cows grazing on grasses only.

timothy low : haha, sure? :) probably they'll be furious at how I 'butchered' the place.

kent fo : yup, it's indeed a perfect getaway when you're at lost on where to go.

precious pea : steamboat meal = bonding moment for friends and family.

mycroft said...

i dun really quite like the steamboat in cameron though, the seafood not tat fresh, n awfully pricy also.

just got b from brinchang, there was tis dessert cafe strawberry moment, like it much. n the fry lo bak gao in the nite market was nice too (or probably i was hungry)

J2Kfm said...

mycroft : oh got fried lo bak gor? I din notice. Yeah, Strawberry Moments, oppo the Cactus Valley. haven't tried it yet.