Best Steamboat In Cameron Highlands

It’s a wasted opportunity if you do not enjoy a steaming pot of delicious broth in the cooler climate of Cameron Highlands!

And there are plenty of steamboat restaurants to choose from in Cameron Highlands. Including halal and vegetarian-friendly steamboat restaurants.

Be ready to grab some buddies and try some of these steamboat restaurants in Cameron Highlands!

Best Steamboat in Cameron Highlands

  1. Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant
  2. C Buddys Steamboat
  3. Cactus View Restaurant
  4. Restaurant Tuan Yuan
  5. Hot Pot Time Restaurant
  6. Restaurant Mari Mari Home
  7. May Flower Restaurant
  8. Jin Jin Steamboat Restaurant
  9. Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill (Halal)
  10. Restoran Taman Apple Cameron Steamboat & Grill (Halal)
  11. Ferm Nyonya Restaurant (Halal)
  12. Misokimchi (Halal)
  13. Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill (Halal)

1. Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant

Open most days for lunch and dinner, this steamboat has its very own supply of organically grown vegetables to add to their charcoal steamboats!

Organic Steamboat in Cameron Highlands
Organic steamboat restaurant (close up) in Brinchang town, Cameron Highlands. Photo by Travelswithsun

The affordable and delicious vegetarian set comes highly recommended! Be warned that the broth may contain peanuts so ask beforehand if you are allergic.

Ask for their house-special too – their chili sauce.

Queues at dinner are common, you can wait for up to 45 minutes. Don’t forget to take a number at the counter!

Organic Steamboat at Brinchang, Steamboat in Cameron Highlands
Organic Steamboat at Brinchang – Photo by Travelswithsun
  • Address: 10, Bandar Baru, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang, Malaysia
  • Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
  • Price range: It costs around ~RM30/ pax to dine here
  • Phone: +605-491 4807
  • Halal: Not halal. Pork is served at this restaurant but you can opt for the vegetarian set if that doesn’t bother you!

2. C Buddys Steamboat

This family-friendly steamboat restaurant has an affordable although small range of fresh steamboat ingredients and dipping sauces to choose from.

They do however serve a wide variety of soup bases (e.g. Mala, clear tom yam, corn, tomato, etc). Our personal favorite was the corn soup base. The tomato soup base was surprisingly too sweet.

Dual Soup Base And Ingredients (Set A With 2 Add Ons) At C Buddys Steamboat
Dual Soup Base And Ingredients (Set A With 2 Add Ons) At C Buddys Steamboat – Photo by Travelswithsun

Portions are quite generous (i.e. The 2 person set can satisfy 3 people) and you can sit out on their spacious terrace in the cool of the evening!

The restaurant can be accessed through a relatively new (and barren) shopping complex in Tanah Rata.

Dining Interior Of C Buddys Steamboat Restaurant
Dining Interior Of C Buddys Steamboat Restaurant – Photo by Travelswithsun

3. Cactus View Restaurant

Hidden from view of the main road, this steamboat restaurant is frequently packed. And you either need to reserve a table in advance or come at 6pm if you want to have dinner there!

Cactus View Restaurant At Cameron Highlands
Cactus View Restaurant At Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

The steamboat apparatus that they use features a grill plate in the middle so you can grill some tender pork slices!

It’s extremely delicious and sinful to have the grilled pork fat dripping into the soup. We could not resist ordering another plate of pork!

Their chili paste compliments the food well.

Steamboat Meal At Cactus View Restaurant At Cameron Highlands
Steamboat Meal At Cactus View Restaurant At Cameron Highlands – Photo by Travelswithsun

Besides steamboat, they have bak kut teh (pretty good) and ala carte dishes – Try their vinegar pork leg dish!

Note: There are sinks and squat toilets at the back of the restaurant

4. Restaurant Tuan Yuan | Cameron Highlands Steamboat & Chinese Food

Reasonably low prices and great service draw the crowds in which can mean slow serving times but:

You get a variety of delicious and fresh ingredients to cook either with the modern steamboat setup or the traditional charcoal tower.

Steamboat At Restaurant Tuan Yuan
Restaurant Tuan Yuan – photo credits to vivon_liew (Instagram)

Together with a pork bone soup or their Tom Yum soup base!

Note: The Tom Yum soup base is not too spicy.

Order other Chinese dishes like their ginger chicken too if you like! Other recommended dishes include fried kuay teow, mee hoon, curry mee, claypot curry fish head, and fried wantons too!

5. Hot Pot Time Restaurant 火锅时代

A clean dining environment and a wide variety of hotpot soup bases draw the crowd to Hot Pot Time Restaurant in Tanah Rata.

Shopfront Of Hot Pot Time Restaurant
Shopfront Of Hot Pot Time Restaurant

Of their soup bases, the Japanese pork bone soup base is a clear standout. We like it because it is not too salty but is still flavorful (without the use of MSG). Although the herbal chicken, tomato, and tom yam with seafood soup bases are not far behind.

Japanese Style Pork Broth At Hot Pot Time Restaurant
Japanese Style Pork Broth At Hot Pot Time Restaurant

However, the bill can stack up quickly as soup bases are not included in the steamboat set cost. So you can expect to pay something between RM40 to RM60 per person depending on what you order.

The fresh ingredients help justify this price too. Parking availability in this recently developed area is a bonus!

Ingredients For The Set For 2 Pax At Hot Pot Time Restaurant
Ingredients For The Set For 2 Pax At Hot Pot Time Restaurant

See what else there is to know about this hotpot restaurant in Cameron Highlands.

Note: Not a halal establishment

6. Restaurant Mari Mari Home (二师兄食堂)

Restaurant Mari Mari Home is one of the newer (if not newest) steamboat restaurants on this list! They opened in mid 2019.

Have a traditional charcoal steamboat dinner or lunch with the rich and flavorful pork rib soup base or white pepper soup! The tomyam soup is made from scratch!

二师兄食堂 Restaurant Mari Mari Home
二师兄食堂 Restaurant Mari Mari Home – photo credits to xiaofeng1010 (Instagram)

There is the option to BBQ grill your food too!

By the way, you get an unlimited refill for vegetables! Staff is very friendly and sincere. Prices are moderate. Definitely have a go if you happen to pass by!

Note: They have beer on their menu.

7. May Flower Restaurant

Right on the main road of Tanah Rata is this little restaurant where you can get cheap Chinese food served by a very helpful and friendly team!

They have one of the lowest steamboat set prices on this list! Taste, meat portions, and environment are average. So don’t expect too much!

May Flower Restaurant In Tanah Rata
May Flower Restaurant – photo credits to earth28dec (Instagram)

As with any restaurant on this list, try to avoid the usual prime meal times like 12:30pm and 7pm.

Recommended dishes:

  • Tom Yum soup base steamboat
  • Hokkien mee
  • Chicken rice

8. Jin Jin Steamboat Restaurant

Look out for this restaurant if you happen to be staying close to Cameron Square or at Copthorne Hotel:

Their affordable steamboat sets come with a slew of fresh ingredients including seafood like scallops, prawns and fish! In generous portions too! Especially the vegetables!

They serve a unique soup base here – herbal flavor which is worth trying!

Jin Jin Steamboat Restaurant
Jin Jin Steamboat Restaurant – photo credits to nikorasu_ri (Instagram)

There’s enough space for a large group to comfortably dine here! Just prepare for a long waiting time as queues form as soon as the restaurant opens!

The beautiful scenery and wonderful staff contribute to the restaurant’s reputation too!

Note: Not wheelchair or stroller friendly!

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9. Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill

Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill is an outdoor steamboat restaurant which has a buffet concept so you can expect that this inevitably draws lots of people!

Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill
Highland Steamboat Cheese & Grill – photo credits to nizam.misran (Instagram)

A wide selection of marinated meat (except pork) is available. Including beef, lamb, and duck! Staff is very attentive too.

You can find this inconspicuous steamboat restaurant inside the Animal Rainbow Feeding Farm.

Note: The restaurant can feel quite cramped during the busiest hours!

10. Restoran Taman Apple Cameron Steamboat & Grill

Usually always full as it is halal, Restoran Taman Apple Cameron Steamboat & Grill is a go-to venue for many Malay families.

The environment at Restoran Taman Apple Cameron Steamboat & Grill
The environment at Restoran Taman Apple Cameron – credits to the official Instagram account of Restoran Taman Apple Cameron

And even though it doesn’t have a particularly wide steamboat selection of ingredients, it does have a wonderful ambiance for large groups!

Select your own ingredients for steamboat at Restoran Taman Apple Cameron
Select your own ingredients for steamboat at Restoran Taman Apple Cameron – credits to the official Instagram account of Restoran Taman Apple Cameron

Note: The grill and steamboat options are only available at dinner hour.

Have a steamboat at Restoran Taman Apple Cameron
Have a steamboat at Restoran Taman Apple Cameron – credits to the official Instagram account of Restoran Taman Apple Cameron

11. Ferm Nyonya Restaurant

Take your pick of steamboat or ala carte and halal Chinese-style dishes (large portions!) or both!

This busy and efficiently-run restaurant has been in business for over a decade!

Steamboat Ferm Nyonya
Steamboat Ferm Nyonya – photo credits to iamreena (Instagram)

Order their Nyonya style steamed fish (prepare for a wait though), salted fish fried rice, deep fried lamb and tom yam soup base!

12. Misokimchi – Halal Steamboat

You can have Japanese, Western, Malay, Italian, or Korean food here (this restaurant is connected to Pizzarella).

Even vegetarians will find something (like bibimbap or vegetarian steamboat) appealing at Misokimchi, a halal steamboat restaurant.

Vegetarian Nabe At Misokimchi Tanah Rata
Vegetarian Nabe At Misokimchi Tanah Rata – photo credits to Misokimchi

To match with the cool climate, Korean army pot, kimchi stew or ramen are our favorites if you don’t feel like having steamboat! Albeit pricey (especially for ramen; chicken chop costs around RM30).

Korean Army Pot At Misokimchi Tanah Rata
Korean Army Pot At Misokimchi Tanah Rata – photo credits to mann.wong (Instagram)

Steamboat sets typically cost RM35/pax here. As for beverages, their boba milk tea is nice.

Surprisingly, they also have scones on the menu and these are not half bad with homemade strawberry jam!

Furthermore, staff is friendly and helpful even if the customers far outnumber them. You can let the staff know how spicy you want your food too.

However, there are times when orders are slow so you might want to be really patient or just skip this place if it’s overcrowded.

13. Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill

Next to Hot Pot Time Restaurant火锅时代, Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill offers buffet-style steamboat at ~RM40/pax.

Steamboat Meal At Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill
Steamboat Meal At Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill – Photo credits to y.a.z_steamboatngrill

Note: There are actually two branches of Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill in Tanah Rata – This one near Golden Hills, and the second one by Cameron Prima Apartment.

The fact that they have mutton and duck as an option for their marinaded meats (apart from beef, squid, crab, and chicken) is another reason to check out this halal steamboat restaurant in Cameron Highlands.

Staff at Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill is friendly too. However, you can’t use e-wallets or credit cards to pay here as they only accept cash.

Overall, Y.A.Z Steamboat N” Grill is a decent option if you prefer your food to taste less bland and if you’re looking for a halal steamboat restaurant in Tanah Rata.

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Conclusion

Having a hot pot or steamboat meal in Cameron Highlands is a must-do! The fact that there are so many steamboat restaurants in Cameron Highlands is a testament to that reputation!

Hopefully, this list will help to narrow down the options for you!

The cold climate makes steamboat a must-try Cameron Highlands food. It is an especially comforting experience after a long day of exploring places to visit in Cameron Highlands!

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