The food, culture and sights. The town of Tanah Rata has a hive of activity to fit most travelers. From pubs to eateries, to foods of different cuisine, Tanah Rata is a travellers paradise and a pitstop for all things familiar. As a budget friendly traveller, here are some of my favorite spots for awesome foods (not listed in order)
1. Fruity Delights
With its warm customer service and great deals, Fruity Delights is a great place to spend the evening away. Try its great value cake sets. Choose any cake and match it with Cameron Tea from the Bharat Tea Plantations for just 10.90RM. I'd recommend the moist cake and the Mango Strawberry Cheese Cake for some sweet indulgence.
2. Roti Kosong
Much like the Roti Prata one will find almost everywhere in Singapore, this store serves you something equally delicious like before. Opened only in the morning, the store serves a variety of simple Roti with just plain (Kosong), with egg and with margarine (Planta). Roti Kosong (1.20rm/piece) was enough to fill my tummy. Coupled with a lightly spicy and sweeten curry with visible potatoes and carrots, Roti Kosong will fill you in for breakfast! A perfect combination would be 2 Roti Kosong with 1 Teh Tarik, total amounting to 4RM
Parked right at the edge of the shop houses of Tanah Rata, Marybrown operates daily and has both indoor and outdoor seating. I had my first meal there. At just 11RM, I ordered the Lucky Meal which came with a drink, some chicken, mashed potatoes, a bun and some refreshing coleslaw. It was great, for a start, but the chicken can get really oily too.
4. Satay by the Road
Lightly sweeten bits of lean meat on a stick is what this satay join has. Located diagonally opposite Maybank, this satay join serves a variety of meats, from chicken (Ayam) to mutton (Kambing) for just 1RM each! Open from 2pm till late, be sure to order your before the dinner crowd comes along. Don't be surprised if you have to wait up to 20 minutes during dinner time.
5. Orchid Food Corner
Largely attracting a local vibe, Orchid Food Court is located right beside the Sunday Market (Pasar Malam) and directly opposite the bus parking area. I got myself a plate of Nasi Goreng Cina (5RM) and a cup of good ol' Teh Tarik . Nasi Goreng Cina is a form of Fried Rice with bits of Chicken, Prawns and a slight bit of chilli. Served piping hot and tasty with every bite, this dish is one meal for any part of the day.
6. Lord's Cafe
The Lord's Cafe serves up delicious homemade cakes and scones. From 2.80Rm, enjoy a piece of Freshly baked homemade Scone with Cream, jam and butter. The Lord's Cafe also serves up BOH Teas at just 3rm per cup. Try its Strawberry Scone (3rm). Buttery, flaky texture served with cream will help smoothe the aches of the afternoon away.
7. Jungle Bar
Hidden from the side road, spot the Jungle Bar from jungle music seeping out from a zinc plate building. The plus of it, is its cheap beers from just 7RM. Open from 7pm daily, enter from Kang's Traveller Lodge and turn right. Serene and coupled with hippie jungle country music, it is one of the perfect ways to spend the evening away in Tanah Rata
One of the most memorable foodie experiences I had was savoring Nasi Goreng Biasa & Cina. Both affordable and easily found in Tanah Rata, both dishes are easily done with a cup of Teh Tarik! It's a wonder that hot drinks seemingly turn cold after a short while!
On the downside, a solo traveller will somewhat not enjoy the perks of being in a group, especially while eating foods. For example, a set for Steamboat will cater to a minimum of 2 people.
Backpacking over several towns and cities, the route passes through the Penang, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur.