My One Day Trip To Genting Highlands (Part 2)

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, January 7, 2009 | Published in

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I'm more free today so I shall continue with my post on my one day trip to Genting Highlands on 30th December last year. If you have not read my earlier post, you may read it here.

After leaving the casino and taking a long walk outside to enjoy the cool mountain air, we called our two friends who were still enjoying themselves at the Outdoor Theme Park. We met them outside the Theme Park exit and asked if they wanted to join us for buffet dinner at Resort Hotel.

They agreed, but first, they wanted to sit Genting's new 4D Motion Master at the First World Indoor Theme Park. I was not too keen as I have experienced that before at Singapore's 4D Magix at Sentosa Island. Besides, I was getting really hungry! In the end, we decided to go for the Motion Master after dinner. So we walked over to Resort Hotel.

On the ground floor of the hotel, we saw this wonderful looking Christmas tree.



Don't you think it looks nice? Now if only 1Utama had used this idea of a Christmas tree!

It was slightly over 5.30pm when we reached the Resort Cafe. The buffet had already started. We were required to pay first before entering. Reminded me of Jogoya, where you pay first before you can eat.

This was a joint buffet between Resort Cafe and Restoran Kampong, meaning we could eat from both restaurants for the price of one. The restaurants were just next to each other and we could go from one to the other as they were connected inside. We decided to sit in Resort Cafe.



Look at those funny shaped lamps!



Now none of my friends were bloggers and none knew I am one. So they were rather curious as to why I needed to take photos of the food. Well, I have no plans to tell them for the time being, so I just cooked up a story that I take the photos so that I could remember what I ate just for the fun of it. Was that lame or what?

The food in Resort Cafe were mainly Chinese and Western.


Fried chicken wing, lala clams, vegetables, fried rice and lamb

The lala clams were especially delicious and I took lots of them! The chicken wings and fried rice were pretty good too.


Lamb, beef, more lala clams, pasta and fish

The lamb was quite good, but as you can see here, I continued to take more lala clams! I also had some mushroom soup and bread with New Zealand butter but forgot to take photos of those!

They also had chee cheong fun and porridge, but I didn't take any.

After that, I moved on to Restoran Kampong, which served mostly local Malay and Indian food.


Popadam, ?, beef, vegetables with eggs, nasi briyani

The popadam was good, but the food next to the popadam (I don't know what it's called - anyone knows?) was mouth watering! Took a few more pieces of that!

Then, I had the sup tomato or tomato soup which was delicious!



There were some Malays dishes which I did not try, although my friends did. I was more interested in the fried stuffs and kueh.



I took the pisang goreng (fried banana), nangka goreng (fried jackfruit), fried sweet potato and kueh koci. Frankly speaking, the fried banana and fried jackfruit were big letdowns. They tasted awful! The fried sweet potato, on the other hand, was excellent! Must have been done by different cooks, I think!

Since I have sweet tooth, the kueh koci with generous amount of grated coconuts inside, tasted great!

I tried this corn dessert and loved it as I could taste a hint of gula melaka in it.



But this pengat nangka (jackfruit dessert) was way too sweet even for a sweet tooth like me! I wondered if they had accidently poured in too much sugar! It was so sickeningly sweet I had to add in some water from my drinking glass. After I added the water, the dessert tasted perfect!



There were no cakes here, which was not surprising, considering this was more of a Malay and Indian restaurant than a Western. But there were lots of Malay kueh, which I shared with my friends. Forgot to take photos of those!

After that, I went back to Resort Cafe to try their salads.



There were lots of varieties of vegetables, but surprisingly I could not find any salad dressings like thousand island sauce or mayonnaise or anything like that! Instead, they gave us peanut sauce (which is actually for satay dips!), Thai chili sauce and cranberry sauce - all of which was not suited for the salad! In the end, I chose the peanut sauce and cranberry sauce. I just found it a bit weird to dip the vegetables into the peanut sauce, but it was not too bad, actually!

By the time we had our fill, it was already close to 9pm. My two friends, who were like small kids (hope they will never get to read this! Haha!) wanted to try the 4D Motion Master. I was too full to sit the Motion Master so I declined to join them. Luckily, my friend who was with me the whole day decided to accompany me instead of joining them!

We walked around a little bit more until my two friends had satisfied themselves with the Motion Master ride. We then decided to have a drink at Starbucks in First World Hotel.

Actually this was the part of the trip that I enjoyed most! Sitting at the outdoor part of Starbucks, chit chatting with my group of friends, sipping coffee and breathing in the cool, mountain air was the single most enjoyable part of this whole trip! I don't need the casino and the theme parks to give me any thrills. Maybe I'm getting older - I don't know : )

Anyway, I took these two photos outside Starbucks cafe, in front of the taxi stand. I thought the ceilings looked beautiful, though I think my camera phone did not do any justice to it.





We could have just sat there until dawn, but two of my friends needed to be up early the next morning, so we decided to leave at 11pm. Which was not a very good move.

This is the first time I drive down from Genting Highlands at night. The weather was misty and what was worse, there were no road lights. I was not sure whether there were really no road lights or there were no electricity, because as I drove down the mountain road, it was completely dark. I could not see a thing in front of me!

I've travelled down the Genting road at night before in a car driven by my friend, but I don't recall it was ever this dark. My friend sitting next to me was like, Oh my God, how are we going to drive in this condition? I switched to second gear and drove very slowly. I could make faint outlines of the road ahead of me. I did not know how long I could continue like this - I just hoped that I do not go off the edge!

Luckily, my other friends in the other car were behind me and the light from their car helped us to see more clearly. After some time, there were reflective arrow signboards and cats' eyes on the road which made it easier to drive. I heaved a sigh of relief. I didn't know driving down from Genting Highlands at night would be an adventure in itself!

If my friends did not have to be back in KL the next day, we would have stayed up there at the Starbucks Cafe till the next morning before driving down in daylight. It would have been easier and safer to drive in the morning.

Well, I would definitely go Genting Highlands again - not for the casino, or the theme parks - but just to chill out at Starbucks Cafe or any other outdoor cafes to catch up with friends while enjoying the cool mountain air.

(45) Comments

  1. My Bug Life said...

    U ate a lot my friend..hhhehhe. I think that's some sort of bread next to the papadom.

    I know what you mean about enjoying your time over a cuppa with friends vs a bunch of activities.

    Sometimes, I do that too and it's good enuff w/o having to embark on some major activities and stuff.

    January 7, 2009 at 8:50 AM
  2. khengsiong said...

    How much was the buffet in Genting.

    Buffet in Las Vegas was very affordable. Must be even more value-for-money now given the economic slump. They basically made money from casinos and hotels.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM
  3. Josephine said...

    Planned to go durign CNY...
    I think it will be super crowded at that time...

    January 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM
  4. foongpc said...

    my bug life, I did ate a lot! haha! Yes, it's some sort of bread - very delicious but don't know what it's called. You do know what I mean about just sitting down and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends - I love that very much! : )

    khengsiong, the buffet costs RM33 nett per person. Very cheap considering what we ate!

    josephine, I don't think it's a good idea to go Genting during CNY unless you don't mind the crowds : )

    January 7, 2009 at 11:05 AM
  5. xin said...

    wow u drove down at 11pm? i have nv driven up to genting myself, always fetched by frens. and i lurrvvee sitting and chilling at the starbucks, really relaxing :)

    p/s: i went dinner at gohtong jaya few days ago, hehehe

    January 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  6. Gallivanter said...

    I went up to meet Uncle Lim on the last Sunday of last year, and realized that I dislike Genting. Nothing to do there already, got quickly bored.

    It's time they re-invent else Singapore will come a buzzing...

    January 7, 2009 at 1:13 PM
  7. twosuperheroes said...

    we drove up once for a one day trip sometime last year too! love the cold, foggy weather... haha.. :p

    January 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM
  8. Victor said...

    Hey, post more pics of Genting. I miss genting a lot.. so envy you!! haha

    January 7, 2009 at 4:08 PM
  9. -eiling- said...

    Apalah. So banyak photos on everything else in Genting Highlands except pictures of my delectable chocolates there! Hmmph...

    January 7, 2009 at 6:53 PM
  10. Monica said...

    yeah I like the lamb in Resort Cafe :-D

    January 7, 2009 at 7:23 PM
  11. lina said...

    very untung to bring you to eat buffet. :D
    It was really scary travelling down the winding Genting road at night & you really like to stay up late eh? :P

    January 7, 2009 at 10:14 PM
  12. foongpc said...

    xin, yes, drove down at 11pm and it was total darkness! Where did you at at Gohtong Jaya? I've eaten there once before - can't remember the name of the shop.

    gallivanter, you went up to meet Uncle Lim? Scary! Sounds like you went to meet a dead man! LOL! Well, some people find it boring, yes. Me like the cool weather there, so not bored at all! Haha!

    twosuperheroes, yes the cool weather there is so nice, yes?

    January 7, 2009 at 10:40 PM
  13. foongpc said...

    victor, I think you should go Genting again since you miss it so much : )

    eiling, haha! Didn't see your chocolates there lah. If I know, will definitely take some photos : )

    monica, you've eaten at Resort Cafe? Yes, the lamb is good, not exceptional, but good! : )

    lina, yes very untung cos I eat a lot! But very rugi to the restaurant, haha! It was so dark at night I could hardly see the road - but it was a nice adventure! Oh yes, I'm an owl - late nighter by nature : )

    January 7, 2009 at 10:47 PM
  14. day-dreamer said...

    LOL! I cook up those stories when I have to take photos while dining with non-bloggers too. What what "polish photography skills", "test camera"... blah blah blah~ hehe.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:23 AM
  15. Faisal Admar said...

    i think the one beside papadom is puree? some of the mamak restaurants got this. usually you eat it with yellowish veggie.

    btw, do you know that its not good to eat seafood and meat at the same time? lol.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:55 AM
  16. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, test camera? So lame! Haha!

    faisal, eat with yellowish vegetables? I'm not too sure, but it taste nice by itself. Why is it not good to eat seafood with meat at the same time?

    January 8, 2009 at 2:15 AM
  17. Mira said...

    That was a really a good looking Christmas Tree there, I wonder what it is made of ;-). You know what, everywhere I go I have my digicam with me too. I take a photo of whatever I think will be a great subject for my next post, LOL. I can only imagine the reaction from your friends' faces, everytime you take pictures LOL. Anyway, I hope you have a great day!

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    January 8, 2009 at 2:39 AM
  18. Babette said...

    Hi Foong, I am not familiar with Malay food. Is it close to Indonesian food or other Asian cuisines. I'll have to ask my friend if she still remembers how to cook this cuisine since she worked in Malaysia many years ago.

    January 8, 2009 at 5:51 AM
  19. Cashmere said...

    Hey Foongpc!

    The photos of the ceilings outside Starbucks was good enough.. :) And the 4D theatre wasn't really good. So, you didn't really miss anything.. lol! Anyway, driving at night should be fine. But it will be dangerous if it's foggy. So, driving to / from Genting at night can be dangerous..

    January 8, 2009 at 6:46 AM
  20. suituapui

    RM33 for the buffet is extremely cheap! For two outlets some more!...Papadom? RM1 EACH at the cut-throat nasi kandar shops in Sg Petani in August. I wonder how much it is now!

    January 8, 2009 at 7:13 AM
  21. levian said...

    chilling at starbucks eh, that reminds me of my last trip there. i practically bath in the cool air n enjoy the whole trip without stepping into the so-called "must go" theme park! ;)

    January 8, 2009 at 9:10 AM
  22. renaye said...

    i love the motion master but i don't have the patience for 45 mins for my turn.

    i also don't know what u and i had done wrong when trying to post a comment on nutang. i got the same problem as u when i log off and tried to leave comments.

    u enter the first four digit and then press submit and then a message came saying the baboons can't perform it right? i have talked to the webmaster about it and i will try again later today.

    January 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM
  23. Life Ramblings said...

    wow, there's so much to eat. the past few weeks of sch hols was all about massive over indulgence and i'm starting to feel the strain esp around my waistline.

    January 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM
  24. Johnny Ong said...

    not advisable to drive at night as at times, heavy mist will totally distort the visibility

    January 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM
  25. iamthewitch said...

    The buffet was really worth the price! Simply because you ate in Genting Highlands. The food in Genting Highlands are generally more costly, I remember a plate of plain fried rice from the food court was already more than RM10! I hope the buffet will be there permanently so that I have a chance to try it next time. :)

    January 8, 2009 at 11:39 AM
  26. HappySurfer said...

    That's a pretty Christmas tree.

    I wonder with the developments in Genting, is it still as cold in the mornings. There was one time my friends and I left the place about 5am and walking to the carpark, it was freezing cold like cramps were setting in. LOL! It was quite an experience, the atmosphere at that time of the day.

    Lots of people drive up and down at night all the time. Visibility may be poor at times but it's important to drive carefully (slowly) and to be alert at bends. These days, the roads (both sides) are a lot wider so it's pretty safe.

    The Hainanese chicken rice used to be superb at the Resort Cafe. Not sure if it still is. Haven't been there for awhile.

    Foong, what you ate could fill me for three meals. LOL! Good to see someone enjoying food as much as you do. You would make any cook so proud. Thanks for sharing your trip.

    January 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM
  27. Rad Sujanto said...

    Delicious! All of them! The chicken and everything else look so so delicious! That reminds me of fried oyster, hmmmm... *hungry*

    January 8, 2009 at 6:29 PM
  28. Bengbeng said...

    driving that night was dangerous. i can imagine the situation

    January 8, 2009 at 7:39 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    mira, thanks for dropping by! Not too sure what the christmas tree is made of, but it is nice, isn't it?

    Yes, we bloggers just love to carry a camera or at least a handphone camera (in my case), and take any photos we like and then blog about them!

    Non bloggers always think we are a little bit weird. haha!

    You have a great day too : )

    January 9, 2009 at 12:48 AM
  30. foongpc said...

    babette, I guess it's closer to Indonesian food. Yes, ask your friend to whip up some nice malay dishes for you! : )

    cashmere, thanks! 4D not good? Well, good thing I didn't go. Anyway, too full to go for any kinds of ride! it was really foggy that night, so it's dangerous alrite! But I survived, haha!

    suituapui, yes I also think it's very cheap! RM1 for one popadom? That's really expensive. Go to Genting buffet and you can eat as many popadoms as you like! : )

    January 9, 2009 at 12:53 AM
  31. foongpc said...

    levian, yeah my future trips to Genting will be just like that - chilling out at Starbucks. Or Coffeebean. Or OldTown White Coffee. They are all there! : )

    renaye, have to wait that long? I also no patience! Oh, so you have problem with your own blog too! I hope you manage to resolve it : )

    life ramblings, tell me about it! I ate so much, I've to exercise twice as hard this new year! : )

    January 9, 2009 at 12:57 AM
  32. foongpc said...

    johnny ong, you've driven down from Genting at night? Yes, I think it's quite dangerous, but I don't remember it was so dark the last time. Don't know what happened this time! Maybe it was really, really foggy!

    iamthewitch, yeah, it's really worth my money! What you said is true, most of the food in Genting are more expensive than similar food in KL. That's why I could not believe the price of the buffet at first! Not too sure if this is a permanent or temporary offer, though : )

    January 9, 2009 at 1:02 AM
  33. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, I like that Christmas tree! Oh, it was not really that cold like what you described, but I would say "comfortable" cold if you put on a jacket.

    Yes, the road is wider and safer now. So it's pretty safe, only thing is it was so dark that night I could not see the road! Myabe it was really foggy that night - I don't know.

    Wow, what I ate can fill your 3 meals? Are you sure you eat so little? Then again, I don't deny I'm a big eater. Haha! Luckily, I don't get fat too easily and I like to exercise, otherwise, I'll be really plump by now! : )

    January 9, 2009 at 1:08 AM
  34. foongpc said...

    rad, haha! I also feel hungry looking at those photos myself! LOL!

    bengbeng, yes quite dangerous, but manageable if drive super slowly : )

    January 9, 2009 at 1:10 AM
  35. Monica said...

    yes Foong I've eaten there before ;-)

    January 9, 2009 at 2:49 AM
  36. Faisal Admar said...

    i'm not sure but i read somewhere. maybe doc could answer? hehe. its the same thing don't drink orange juice with seafood.

    January 9, 2009 at 3:24 AM
  37. sean said...

    non of your friends know you are a blogger? why so mystery le?

    becareful drive at night!!

    January 10, 2009 at 7:03 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    faisal, I have not heard that before. But everytime I go eat steamboat, I always eat meat with seafood. Also when I go buffet, I eat fish and prawns with beef and chicken! So don't eat buffet?

    I don't think doctor knows, because doctor always say eat anything you like! Maybe alternative health experts will know : )

    January 10, 2009 at 10:49 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    sean, some of friends know, and some don't. I prefer not to tell some friends I'm a blogger for private reasons : )

    January 10, 2009 at 10:52 PM
  40. QuaChee said...

    i like the part where you enjoy chit chatting with kawan kawan. like that too. just relaxing.... its bliss :)

    January 12, 2009 at 11:49 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    Oh you like that too, quachee? Great! Next time we can drive up to Genting to chit chat. Haha!

    January 13, 2009 at 12:22 AM
  42. QuaChee said...

    ill chit chat with you in genting singapore (but that's not on a hill) hehe - but seriously, if u come to spore, let me know! :)

    January 13, 2009 at 12:51 AM
  43. foongpc said...

    quachee, do you mean the casino resort on Sentosa island? Would love to go there! Is the resort ready? Sure, will let you know when i go Singapore : )

    January 13, 2009 at 1:15 AM
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  45. QuaChee said...

    ya, there's 2 coming up. but not ready. think soft opening next year :)

    January 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM