Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Review: Uncle Chow Kopitiam @ Cameron Highlands

**Could be Halal since I see Muslims eating here but it's definitely pork free**

Normah took us over here, a skip and a hop from Hatters Cafe & Bakerie, to introduce us to Uncle Chow, yeah, he's a real person... owner of Uncle Chow Kopitiam. Normah left us in the good hands of Uncle Chow as she had to run back to prepare a large order of pineapple tarts, however her son, H, stayed on with us.

Seems like the kopitiam culture has not escaped Cameron Highlands' scene but so far I think they're the only one around. Haven't come across another, well at least in Tanah Rata or Brinchang. They've been around for about a couple of years and I really wonder how people find their way here as it's pretty remote. I was told there is signage but I didn't really notice heh since we were relying on Normah's instructions. Uncle Chow said there are a lot of long staying foreigners from Japan and Europe patronising his kopitiam and I noticed quite a number of them are staying in the apartment units around the area.

Capt'n Hook was telling Uncle Chow that he looked very familiar. As they chatted further, they found out that they might have attended a meeting or perhaps a seminar together. Not at all surprising since Uncle Chow was in the same industry as Capt'n Hook. He and his wife have since retired and moved to Cameron Highlands for this.

Uncle Chow Kopitiam C2-G-01, Taman Royal Lily, Tanah Rata

I loved the place here the moment I stepped in as it is VERY clean and tidy!!! Browsed around and checked the display.

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - display

See how neat the crockeries are stored here...

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - all properly stored

Saw Normah's chocolates on display here :p. So in case Normah's shop is closed, you can come over here to grab some.

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - chocolates for sale

Other than that yummies like chocolate cake, scones, curry puffs, deep fried spring rolls, steamed yam cake and Pulut Tai Tai! We didn't try these though, next time definitely!

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - yummies

My Honey Lemon (RM4) have the right balance of honey and lemon. BoiBoi's Soy Bean with Cincau (RM3.50) which I had to "Alam Flora" it since he can't finish it... the soy bean tasted freshly made and not overly sweet.

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - Honey Lemon (RM4) and Soya Bean with Cincau (RM3.50)

This was H's Set A (RM5.00) that consist of 2 slices of toasted bread heh from Hatters that came with a saucer of butter and kaya hygienically covered with aluminium foil (as seen in the pic), 2 soft boiled eggs and a cup of tea (or coffee). Auntie Chow said H always order this set. Papa's bread is good, of course! So must support :D

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - Set A (RM5.00)

Capt'n Hook's Curry Laksa (RM7.90) doesn't look as fiery as those at Madras Lane but I sipped the soup, I was very wrong. It's flavourful and I know fresh coconut milk (santan) is used here. There are pieces of fishcakes and fishballs plus one whole piece of chicken with bone intact. Ahhh finally the first place in Cameron Highlands that serves chicken with bones (fast food like Marry Brown, KFC and mamak not counted!!). Some blood cockles would have complete the laksa but then again this is a highland... it's hard to obtain fresh seafood.

Curry Laksa (RM7.90)

Our BoiBoi is a big fan of Fried Koay Teow (RM6.00) and he straight away picked this item from the menu. I asked to try some and oh my, it's full of wok hei! Ingredients wise there are some fishcake slices, taugeh and eggs which is the standard ingredients one usually gets in Cameron Highlands, I noticed lah.

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - Fried Koay Teow (RM6.00)

I liked my Fried Tom Yam Bee Hoon (RM6.00) too! With the same ingredients as the koay teow but tasted so different with the additional tom yam paste. What more with a generous topping of omelette strips!

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - Fried Tom Tam Bee Hoon (RM6.00)

Capn't Hook's Bubur Cha Cha (RM3.50) kinda look disappointing right? But don't be mislead by the visual... it's packed with great coconut milky goodness :p with pieces of yam and sweet potatoes.

Uncle Chow Kopitiam - Bubur Cha Cha (RM3.50)

So this concludes all the goodies for our trip to Cameron Highlands this time round. Remember to mark them down in your Buku 555 (note pad), might come in handy next time you're going to Cameron Highlands!

Uncle Chow Kopitiam
C2-G-01 Block C2
Taman Royal Lily
39000 Tanah Rata
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Tel: 6012-205 2778
Open from morning (can't remember what time) and closed at 6.00pm

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  1. i am sucker for "kopitiam" type of food, esp half boiled eggs, toast & "cham" (can have this for bfast, lunch & dinner).

    i am still drooling over the cheaper than sun moulin but taste as good bread .... now this. might have to make a trip up camerons soon. our last one was before my elder girl was born ..... like 13 years ago??

  2. i'm like your boy ... i love fried kuey teow too! though it really needs cockles to satisfy me =)

  3. Oh wow, the Curry Laksa looks good. Especially in the evenings up in cams. too bad they don't open for dinner though.

  4. celine, actually nobody can resist those kopitiam set meal!

    sean, next time you go CKT hunting you can bring along my boiboi hahaha cos he dun eat cockles so you can have his share!

    munkey, i guess dun push so hard when one is retired huh hehe

  5. the food looks so delicious ... problem is distance...hahaha....cameron highlands ...

  6. I love how your disclaimer states "COULD be Halal". Only "could" ar? :P

    Nice colourful dishes and cutlery - yay for rainbow plastics!

  7. Ahh..good to kw there's more to Cameron than scones & steamboat!

  8. Waaaaah. That laksa really looks cukup lemak! :D

  9. Noted in my 555 book already. Thanks for the tip! ;)

  10. vialentino, go there for a weekend break lorr

    Kenny, you like those colourful plastics? next time you're there ask the Auntie serve your food on them kekeke

    ;-) TNG

    J, not overly but just nice

    hey BBabe, you still so free surfing around??? hahaha good luck dear!

  11. Eh, this one looks authentic enough, unlike the usual wannabes. I like bubur cha cha to go with any fried noodles. Somewhat offset the grease. I hope.

  12. Any one can provide the map or GPS Coordinate

  13. OK I was there recently and here's how you get there.

    Coming from Tanah Rata town going towards Ringlet, first you pass by the town centre. On the left side row there's a Ambank. Opposite is row of food stalls. End of stalls turn left. There's a Agro Bank at the corner. Then there's a Maybank where you take a right turn. An abandoned half constructed building is on your left now. At the end of the road turn left. You should see Uncle Chow arrow signage by now.

    Anyway at that T junction turn left and then right again. There will be some white apartments on the right. Go on straight and go towards those flats in blue. Uncle Chow is in one of the rows there.

    If you're coming from Ringlet, there's another entry which is right before Convent. Can see the arrow signage of Uncle Chow as well.

    Good luck all!


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