Went down to the station early because you didn’t want to miss the bus? Don’t know what to do? Fret not, here’s a list of things to do that will make you want to pay a visit to the Awana SkyCentral, which is patterned after a modern-day airport and has two floors of retail outlets as well as food and beverages!
Quick Bites: Snack to Your Heart’s Content!
Taste popular snacks from Korea, China and Japan and other Asian countries! We all know Malaysian people love anything East Asian whether it be Japanese, Korean or Taiwanese. Snacks are a good way to stir up nostalgia and bring back memories of your trip. Taste of Asia offers all the best snacks that you might have seen while travelling abroad or even ones you’ve never heard of! They even have fresh food like Kimchi and frozen goods like rice cakes for you to whip up your own tteokbokki.
Heng Heng Local Delight is a local product specialty store. Nibble on a baked sweet potato, nice and warm from the oven or try some roasted chestnuts. They have an array of packed delicacies which gives gives locals and visitors a chance to taste the authentic flavour of different states.
Pick up some local biscuits from Penang (without going all the way there). Visitors to Penang almost religiously make sure to pick up biscuits from several local stores that have stood the test of time, some of which have been around for generations. These delicacies act as great souvenirs and are a welcome treat during teatime. While the original Ban Heang store is located in Georgetown, Penang you now don’t have to go all the way there for these traditional goodies. Usual favourites include heong pheah, kacang tumbuk and liquorice nutmeg are available plus some new delights with a modern spin on it like durian crisps.
With over 20 years experience in the business, Yuen Fong Dried Meat specialises in dried meat, meat floss, traditional biscuits and even fast food like their Bak Kwa Burger or dried meat burger which is great for those on-the-go!
Country’s Tid-Bits and Candies Cottage has more than 10 years experience in selling local tidbits such as snacks, candies, chocolates, plums and prunes. It’s a great place to buy souvenirs, and reminisce over sweeties from ‘back in the day’ like the White Rabbit Creamy Candy that will remind you of your childhood.
What better thing to snack on during a trip than some pastry from The Baker’s Cottage? Get some warm buns from the oven. They also have ice cream, pastry, cakes, cookies and moon cakes. Go continental with a chocolate croissant or something local with a spicy flossy bun.
Check out some healthy pickings or indulge in some goodies at Edibee has mountains of snacks, tidbits and packaged products in their store. Specialising in Taiwanese snacks, they also have other specialty products such as black tongkat ali ginseng, hong pneah, mochi and even organic honey.
Loong Kee Dried Meat has been a name in the food manufacturing business for over 40 years. Famous for festive favourites such as dried meat (barbecued meat), meat floss, meat fluff, mooncakes as well as feel-good all-year- round treats such as cookies and pastries. Pick this up as a gift for friends and family but it might be gone before you reach home!
Try out some really affordable Japanese food like onigiri, soft serve matcha and cheesecake ice cream or even hot octopus tofu. This outlet sees long queues forming wherever it opens and the one at Awana SkyCentral is no different. Family Mart manages to impressively pack a whole lot of fresh food and packed snacks under one roof so that you’re spoilt for choice. Pick your favourite skewered treat in tom yam or original soup. Or snack on onigiri, the classic Japanese rice ball snack. There are also bento boxes for lunch for those who want to have a quick but proper meal. Top it off with some soft serve ice cream because where else can you find this matcha dessert for RM2.90?
Restaurants: Tuck in to a Hearty Meal
Feast on some steamboat whilst enjoying the cool mountain breeze. At Tyrant Seafood Plateau, this Chinese cuisine outlet keeps the décor simple while focusing on what’s important: its gastronomical delights. There are two main courses to choose from: the Fish Head Steamboat or the Seafood Platters. According to the proprietor, the Seafood Platters is artfully arranged differently every time. The dish is served on a platter with flames lit underneath that kept the soup nice and warm throughout the meal without overcooking the meat. Combining old favourites and unique shellfish, there was a gorgeous mix of fried fish head, crabs, prawns, scallops, cuttlefish, squid, enoki mushrooms, mussels, octopus, and razor clams besides fresh vegetables thrown in. There are a variety of soups to choose from: Fish Soups, Tom yam Soup, Kaeng Som Soup and Sauerkraut Soup. It advisable to bring along cash as the outlet does not accept credit cards.
Kenny Rogers Roasters is a multi-award winning mid-casual dining restaurant, with rotisserie roasted chicken as its main core product complemented by a wide variety of wholesome choices such as rice, salads and pasta. Finish it off with a Muffin Submarine ice cream float or Kenny’s Homemade muffin.
Barbeque some meat! Meat lovers and fans of Korean food, rejoice! DaoRae Korean BBQ restaurant has arrived at Genting! Rest assured, you do not have to actually barbeque the meat yourselves as the staff will do all the work. Choose which type of meat, whether marinated or otherwise that you prefer and watch it sizzle on the grill in front of you with a minimum of two orders. The meat is served with a variety of banchan or Korean side dishes and promises to be a full meal. For those who don’t feel like eating meat, there are other options like Dolsot Bibimbap which includes an artfully arranged variety of vegetables and meat topped off with an egg or Japchae, Korean stir-fried glass noodles.
Backed by 60 years of rich history, Nam Heong Ipoh stands renowned for preserving the timeless flavours of Ipoh’s culinary heritage while delivering impeccable service with outlets throughout Malaysia. They boast a wide variety of dishes including dim sum, Nam Heong’s Chicken Hor Fun and even Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun. Enjoy it with a cup of fragrant Ipoh White Coffee and finish off with a smooth Ipoh Caramel Egg Custard.
Go for a quick take away or ‘tapao’ as Malaysian say, and snack on local Malaysian pastries atEmpayar Seremban Siew Pow which has over 100 franchise outlets. Don’t miss out on trying their pineapple tarts, Seremban Pork Siew Pow or salted egg cookies. They also have rice dishes such as Braised Chicken Feet Rice or Stewed Pork Belly with Squid Rice for a full meal.
Go for the best of Taiwanese cuisine at Taiwan Little Chef. Although Taiwanese street food is usually found in simple stalls, sit down to relax and enjoy a meal here where the focus is on the food. Try their Spicy Beef Noodles or deep-fried crispy pumpkin cake with red bean paste. So good!
Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh has made its mark with outlets in Singapore, Thailand and China with future plans for outlets in Korea, Japan, Myanmar and Indonesia. Specialising in ‘String-cut Bak Kut Teh,’ it combines fresh pork with herbs and spices. This dish is a crowd favourite at Genting Highlands as it is best enjoyed in a cool climate. Using premium grade herbs from China, Bak Kut Teh is not only delicious but great for improving blood circulation.
Wanhoi Char Chan Tian offers very affordable meals from Hong Kong, specialising in rice and noodle dishes. Starting from RM6.00 there are small bites like beloved street food Curry Fish Balls or Brine Cart Noodles which are a cultural icon in the country.
Heard of Malaysian Food Street now at Resorts World Genting? Well, you can enjoy popular local fares at the SkyCentral too, opening soon on Level 4. With the charming décor of Malaysian Food Street that recalls memories of the past, the food destination celebrates local flavours. During the search for the best Malaysian hawker stalls in the country, the best were handpicked and brought up in collaboration with the store owners for patrons to enjoy the best Indian, Chinese, Malay and fusion dishes under one roof.
Engage in Some Retail Therapy and Go For Some Last Minute Shopping
At Colour of Indochina, you’ll find curios that are hard to find anywhere else from paper lanterns, key chains and traditional outfits to ‘I Love Genting Highlands’ T-shirts. The charming shop is a great place to bring home unique gifts.
Fill your wardrobe without making a dent in your wallet at none other than the newly opened Brands Outlet. Outfit yourself and your entire family, with a huge range of collections available from the same company that brought you Padini and Vincci. With trendy items and wardrobe staples, this store is a must-visit for great discounts!
There’s a new reason to visit and it’s of course the much talked about Genting Highlands Premium Outlets! With 150 outlet stores boasting names such as Coach, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York and Adidas with inconceivable discounts of up to 65% off all year long, you could spend a whole day there alone! Children will have a whale of a time too with toy megastore Hamleys opening soon. If you’re done checking out the crazy deals, then head on to one of the many food outlets like the food court or the Kampachi Japanese Restaurant to have a meal and rest your weary feet. As an added bonus, the first 100 customers of the day get free Awana Skyway tickets if you purchase RM200 or more.
At MyGadget there are devices and accessories for your every need! From CCTVs to adorable phone cases, gadgets here go for a cheap price. There are also quirky and cool things you never even knew you needed like a 180° rotating lamp or a pocket drone!
The health and beauty chain Watsons is always a welcome sight when you need to stock up on toiletries or pick up some bargain skincare. Watsons has affordable makeup brands from international and local brands like Revlon and Maybelline as well as Korean brands like Peripera. Why not pick up some health supplements while you’re at it?
Lie down for a relaxing Thai massage
Although this list turned out to be mostly about food (us Malaysians do love to eat after all), here’s something different to do. After a long day of retail therapy, why not engage in another form of therapy? Thai Odyssey has multiple outlets locally and internationally and a variety of services and spa packages to choose from. If you’re pressed for time, go for a 30 minute foot massage or enjoy a two-hour traditional Thai massage if you have time to kill. You can also bring back some natural spa products with you to pamper yourself at home. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed, just in time to get on the bus.
Opens daily, 10am to 10pm including public holidays
For more information, call +603 6101 1118, visit www.rwgenting.com