5 Delectable Desserts To Savor In Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Cameron Highlands is one of the few travel destinations in Malaysia you can escape from the searing tropical heat to cooler and greener climes. This plateau was discovered by William Cameron, a British surveyor and subsequently developed by the colonial government into a hill station.
The highlands consists of three main towns – Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang – surrounded by massive plantations with an abundance of fresh tea, fruits and vegetables all straight from the farm. The best way to enjoy these produce by turning them into desserts so here are five sweet treats you can get your hands on in Cameron Highlands.
1. Afternoon Tea Set at The Lakehouse, Ringlet
The Lakehouse is a grand old Tudor country house perched on top of a hill overlooking a lake just past the town of Ringlet. The inn is as English as you can get with cozy fireplace dens, colorful flower gardens and huge four-poster beds. If you don’t intend to stay here, you can still drop by and delight in their Afternoon Tea Set [RM78].
Their tea set is specially made for two and you will be served with a three-tier tray of finger sandwiches, a pair of scones, fruit cakes, cream tarts and freshly-picked berries. No afternoon tea is complete without tea itself so you will be given a pot of Boh Cameronian Gold, one of the best tea blends from the Boh tea plantation in Brinchang.
2. Strawberry Galore at Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm, Kea Farm
Raju’s Hill is a strawberry farm that lets visitors self-pick their strawberries and learn about plucking the right berries that are sweet. Once you’re done collecting a bag full of strawberries, take a breather at their cafe by trying all sorts of strawberry-infused snacks and beverages.
We went with the classic Strawberry Waffles [RM8] – a warm and crunchy waffle eaten with the freshest of strawberries, a dollop of whipped cream and generous chocolate sauce to balance everything out. I gulped it all down with a glass of Strawberry Hot Chocolate [RM3] which had a strong yet pleasant strawberry taste to it.
42nd Mile, Kea Farm,
39100 Cameron Highlands
Tel: +60195753867 | Google Maps
Opening Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., Daily
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3. Homemade Ice-Cream & Waffles at Mr Aisu, Brinchang
Cameron Highlands’ best-kept secret is a tiny ice-cream parlor hidden among the shop lots of Brinchang town. Mr Aisu is run by a husband and wife team whose mission is to craft gourmet ice-cream all locally sourced from the highlands so expect to find flavors like Earl Grey, teh tarik, banana, peanut and the seasonal wild pineapple.
While my wife had Banana Delight – pan-fried banana waffles with Belgian Chocolate ice-cream – I naturally went for Strawberry Lover [RM14.90], the crispiest of waffles topped with strawberries, a scoop of strawberry sorbet and a drizzle of their very own hand-made strawberry sauce. Talk about strawberry overload.
Mr Aisu is run by a husband and wife team whose mission is to craft gourmet ice-cream all locally sourced from the highlands. I naturally went for Strawberry Lover [RM14.90], the crispiest of waffles topped with strawberries, a scoop of strawberry sorbet and a drizzle of their very own hand-made strawberry sauce. Strawberry!
4. Tea & Scones at Planters Country Hotel, Tanah Rata
If you’re looking for the quintessential afternoon tea, then Planters Country Hotel is the place to be. Formerly known but always referred to as Bala’s Chalet, their Tea and Scones [RM24] is a pair of their softest scones, baked to a slight warm flakiness and served with butter, cream and home-made strawberry jam.
Tea and Scones at Bala’s Chalet is a quintessential Cameron Highlands experience because you will be savoring the scones in their finest Chinaware. You can opt to have your tea in their cozy tea room but you would be better off snacking at the cottage’s English-style garden filled with the most colorful of flowers.
If you’re on the hunt for the best scones in Cameron Highlands, all roads will point to Planters Country Hotel, formerly but still known as Bala’s Chalet. Bala’s Tea and Scones [RM24] is a pair of their softest scones, baked to a slight warm flakiness, and served with butter, cream and strawberry jam on the side. Perfection.
5. Popsicles at Puku Cafe, Kea Farm
Right at the entrance of the busy Kea Farm is Puku Cafe, a good respite after a long morning of “grocery” shopping at the market. Puku specializes in all kinds of strawberry (what else?) desserts and drinks in addition to a coffee menu if you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix.
Their bestseller is Popsicles [RM5] that comes in three main flavors – strawberry, passionfruit and tiramisu. The ice-cream does not hold back on the amount of fruits used and it has a smooth milky flavor. The strawberry popsicle is the most popular due to having real strawberries “embedded” in the ice-cream.
Puku Cafe, in Kea Farm, is known for its popsicles [RM5] that come in strawberry, passionfruit and tiramisu. Their strawberry popsicle is the most popular due to having real strawberries “embedded” in the ice-cream, rounding off its smooth milky flavor. Check out my new post on five delectable desserts to try in Cameron Highlands – link in profile!