Cameron Highlands Food

If you are wondering what Cameron Highlands food that is special to try, you may want to consider having your lunch and dinner at Brinchang town and tea at Smokehouse Hotel or other cafes.

Steamboat is popular with the Chinese community especially when the weather is cold or when it rains. You take your dinner at your own pace by putting the ingredients into the soup that is boiled using gas or charcoal. Most of the ingredients include eggs, "mee hoon", fish balls, bean curd, spinach, watercress, mushrooms, fish slices, prawns, cabbage and chicken meat.

You can choose clear chicken soup or both chicken and tom yam soup. Take note that tom yam soup is spicy. We would recommend that you take the charcoal type of steamboat as many feel that this way of cooking taste better compared to using gas.

Make sure that you enquire specifically for charcoal type as not many shops have it. The majority of the shops use gas to cook the ingredients. Brinchang has the most number of shops that you can choose from.

During lunch hour, you can go for Chinese dishes taken together with rice. Call 3-4 dishes if you have about 3-4 persons and more if there are more people. Most of the prices are reasonable as there are many restaurants in Brinchang.

During tea time, try the the British tradition of having scones together with cream, strawberry jam and a cup of tea from the highlands.

Cameron Highlands Food - Charcoal Steamboat Dinner 

There are 2-3 restaurants in Brinchang that serve steamboat using charcoal as the source of heating. Compared to the gas source of heating, the centre part of the charcoal type has a long "hood" that discharges the heat to the atmosphere. This is to prevent the ashes from falling into the food. Many agreed that this type of steamboat taste better.

Cameron Highlands Steamboat

Steamboat dinner.


Notice the ingredients that you cook yourself by placing them into the boiling soup.

You can try going to Mountain House Restaurant at the town centre facing the main road. Take note that during weekends and public holidays, it may be difficult to find a parking bay. Try parking at the town as soon as you are able to find a spot and walk to this restaurant . The other restaurant that offers charcoal steamboat is Kwan Kee Restaurant. You can order based on the number of people eating e.g. RM14-RM16 per person.

Mountain House Restaurant Brinchang

Mountain House Restaurant has charcoal steamboat dinner.

Charcoal Steamboat Brinchang

Notice the long "hood".

Cameron Highlands Food - Scones and Tea 

In the afternoon, it is usually the traditions of the British who stayed here during the colonial time to take afternoon tea. This tradition is still being practised here today even though most of the people who stayed here are not British. In keeping with this tradition, many hotels and cafe have set menu for tea from Cameron Highlands together with scones, strawberry jam and cream.

Scones Smokehouse Hotel

The scones and tea at the Smokehouse Hotel.

The Smokehouse Hotel

The well-decorated dining hall.

If you have the budget, you may want to try the scones at the Smokehouse Hotel. Go there during tea time and order the set menu. Two scones, a cup of tea from the highlands, strawberry jam and cream will cost you about RM40. Though more costly than other shops in town, the ambiance at the hotel gives you an English cottage experience. Plenty of decoration at the dining hall to make your time here enjoyable.

After the tea, take a walk round this hotel which was built in 1939. Nice garden with many flowers, plants and other greenery. Take some photos while you are here.

Smokehouse Tudor-style hotel Tanah Rata

The Tudor-style hotel at Tanah Rata.

Smokehouse Cameron Highlands

The garden of the hotel.


The Smokehouse Hotel and Restaurant Cameron Highlands
P. O. Box 77
Tanah Rata 
39007 Cameron Highlands

Tel : +6 05 491 1215

Cameron Highlands Food - Lunch or Dinner At Brinchang Restaurants 

Take your lunch or dinner at one of the Chinese Restaurants in Brinchang town. You can order a variety of dishes to be taken together with rice, the main staple food of Malaysian. Remember to try the stir-fried Dragon Beard vegetable which is found in great abundance on this highlands.

Steam Chicken

Delicious steam chicken with herbs.

Stir-fried Dragon Beard

Make sure you try the Dragon Beard stir-fried vegetable.

Wai Yat Restaurant serves reasonably priced Chinese food with other specialty that include steam chicken with "kei-chi", a type of Chinese herbs and stir-fried mushrooms. It is interesting to note that the mushrooms that are grown here have a variety of colours.


Wai Yat Restaurant
No. 23-A, Jalan Besar
39100 Cameron Highlands

Tel: +6 05 491 1346

Stir-fried mushrooms

Stir-fried mushrooms.

Wai Yat Restaurant Brinchang

Wai Yat Restaurant at Brinchang town.


Terengganu | Perak | Malaysia Hotels | Airlines | Shopping 

Pulau Perhentian | Beaches & Islands | Highlands | Theme Parks 

Museums & History | Landmarks | Public Transports | Videos 

Souvenir | Calendar 2017 | Tourism Centre | Cyberjaya | Golfing 

Penang Food | KTM | Beruas Museum |  Selangor |  Templer's Park

Your Story | KLIA2 | Pulau Sibu | Advertise With Us 

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave us a comment in the box below.

Recent News

  1. KTM or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Train Schedule

    KTM or Keretapi Tanah Melayu trains is a good and interesting mode of travel in Peninsular Malaysia. See the country side scenery as you move along the various parts of the country.

    Learn More

  2. KL Free Guided Walk

    Join the KL free guided walk to discover more about the city of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas. Booking for the tours is necessary.

    Learn More

  3. Kuala Lumpur Music Museum

    Stop by the Kuala Lumpur Music Museum to see the exhibits on traditional musical instruments of the Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups from Sabah and Sarawak.

    Learn More

KL Free Guided Walk

FRIM Canopy Walk
Visit this forest reserve
and enjoy the nature
walk. Read more here.

National Zoo Camel
National Zoo
Have a close encounter
with the animals
at National Zoo.

Genting Highlands Cable Car
Genting Highlands
Enjoy the cool fresh air
and theme parks at
Genting Highlands.

Taman Negara Penang
Penang National
Park Boat Tour

Take a boat excursion
and enjoy the natural
beauty of the national
park. Find out more

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
KL Bird Park
Have a close encounter
with the birds at
KL Bird Park.