Aunty Ying’s Recipe A243, ground floor, Jalan Air Putih, Kuantan (016 962 777).
This popular family business has a local reputation for its pan mee. Having recently relocated to a larger shop to cater to its loyal customers, the café serves up a wide range of noodle dishes. The star attraction is of course the handmade pan mee served in a rich stock and topped with pork mince, fish balls and other trimmings. Aunty Ying’s green pan mee, where the noodle dough is mashed up with spinach, is definitely worth a try.
NEW Chan Poh Dim Sum Restaurant Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuantan.
Located on the old street, Chan Poh caters to dim sum enthusiasts. There is a good range of dim sum on offer, but it's only open at night. Tue–Sat, 7pm–12midnight; Sun, 7am–11am; 7pm–11pm. $
Golden Phoenix Equatorial Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands, Kea Farm, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (05 496 1777/www. copthornecameron.com).
One of the classier Chinese restaurants in the highlands, Golden Phoenix offers some authentic Cantonese, Teochew and Szechuan cuisine on its menu. Families with elders will appreciate this restaurant. If you’re hankering for some steamboat action, this is the place. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Free parking. Daily, 6.30pm–10.30pm. $$$
Hainan Kitchen Second floor, First World Plaza, Genting Highlands (03 6101 1118/ www.rwgenting.com).
The pre-colonial decor and oldfashioned ambience do justice to the authentic Hainanese cuisine. For breakfast, you can enjoy roti kaya and half-boiled eggs served with good strong coffee or tea. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 24 hours. $$
Highland Steamboat Restaurant 26 Jalan Besar Brinchang, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (017 553 0881/05 491 1309).
Up for some steamboat? Try this one in Brinchang. Many restaurants specialise in steamboat cuisine but this one does it with a difference. Here a unique charcoal method is used to heat up the broth, imparting a smoky aroma and flavour into the steamboat. A must-try for any steamboat enthusiast. The perfect meal on cold, misty nights in the Highlands. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Free parking. $$
NEW Hoi Yin Curry Mee 31 Jalan Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan (09 567 3871).
Near Telok Chempedak Beach, the halal Hoi Yin sells some of the most popular breakfast curry mee around. The morning crowds come as early as 7.30am, and the reason is pretty obvious. Malaysian comfort food manifests itself in a steaming hot bowl stuffed with generous portions. Halal. Free parking. Daily, 7am– 2.30pm. Closed on alternate Mondays. $
Imperial Rama Second floor, Highlands Hotel, Genting Highlands (03 6101 1118/www. rwgenting.com).
The self-service Thai-Chinese restaurant offers a good selection of home-cooked dishes. The dim sum here comes highly recommended. The adorned stone lions, Chinese lanterns and marble tables combine to create typical Chinese old-world charm. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon–3pm; 6pm–10pm. $$$
Kum Leng Restaurant E-897, 899, 901 Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuantan (09 513 4446).
It may be a typical Chinese restaurant but the food served here is far from plain or ordinary. Tourists and locals alike flock here to sample authentic Chinese cooking. There’s ample parking space but get here before 7pm if you want to avoid a long wait for a table.
Mayflower Restaurant 81A Persiaran Camellia 4, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 1793/05 491 4793).
Run by the Swee family (father and sons), this restaurant offers diners a choice of steamboat or à la carte dishes. Diners who choose to cook their own food will find that the steamboat concoctions are flavourful with subtle hints of herbs and spices. The Swees are passionate about flavour and their steamboat broth bears testimony to this. Highly affordable and simply satisfying. Child friendly. Free parking. Daily, 9am–3pm; 5pm–10.30pm. $$
NEW Restaurant Kwong Fatt B1705, Jalan Berserah, Kuantan (016 951 8338).
Located on the ‘old street’, Kwong Fatt’s famous beef noodles stall has the locals queuing up at the crack of dawn. Beefy, flavourful, and satisfying, this is what simple street food should be like. Even when the noodles are sold out, we witnessed some patrons making do with just the soup.
Free parking. Daily, 8am–3pm. $
NEW Restaurant Lila Wadi A236, Jalan Besar, Kuantan (012 664 4054/www.lilawadi.com.my).
The confusing search for Lila Wadi’s tiny signboard ends among dilapidated buildings and bamboo plants. There’s a crowd every night at the gardenstyle restaurant which is famous for it’s mango cheesecake. It’s basically sweet mango flesh atop some nearfrozen cheesecake, and it won’t taste that good if you bring it home. Make sure you have some friends around to share it with. Be warned that the air at Lila Wadi gets greasy as here Thai style barbecue (think BBQ Plaza) reigns supreme. Choose from a variety of meat sets and grill them over the hot pan. Sip on the refreshing Pandan Cooler, a concoction of fragrant pandan, lemongrass and basil seeds for a sweet end to the meal. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Free parking. Daily, 4pm–12midnight. $$
NEW Restaurant Phin Ju A129, Tingkat Bawah, Jalan Air Putih, Air Putih, Kuantan (012 962 8825).
Telling the taxi driver ‘next to Astro’ might be a good tip to find this place for a good Kuantan-style afternoon tea. The fare veers vaguely towards dim sum, but Phin Ju is more famous for its Nian Gao. Much like kuih bakul, it’s a Chinese dessert where glutinous rice cake from the New Year celebrations is deep fried with sweet potatoes. Yam balls with char siew stuffing (yu kok) and salad prawn fritters are also popular with the regulars.