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We’d never heard of it, either, until we learned in Tanah Rata (Cameron Highlands) that we had to go there to get a bus direct to Singapore. A fascinating, winding scenic ride descending the Highlands in the local rattler, during which the expert driver frequently hung out over sheer precipices when negotiating sharp turns in the terraced road, passed by small hut villages and fruit stalls attended by ragged Orang Asli (the indigenous people of the Highlands). This memorable journey – worth taking in its own right – terminated in the small, unremarkable town of Tapah with dusk approaching. Continue reading Menu Malaysia: Last Supper in Tapah
We were dubious about the Cameron Highlands. We’d met some tourists who had not been impressed, and the Lonely Planet guide (unreliable and disappointing in general, but that’s another blog post) implied that in recent years the region’s character had been wrecked with commercialism and its natural environment ravaged and plundered. The facts as we saw them? Continue reading Menu Malaysia: Fourth Course – Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
Whenever I travel, I am constantly in search of the Authentic, which I suppose partly explains why we were reluctant to eat at any mid-priced or upmarket restaurants – rightly or wrongly, I suspect that these establishments are more likely to attract tourists, and to dumb down their food to cater for foreign tastes. That is doubtless very cynical of me, and unwarrantedly so. But it’s my paranoia and I’m sticking to it… Continue reading Menu Malaysia: A Sideserve in Lumut