The Chin Swee Vegetarian Cuisine Restaurant was presented with the prestigious World Top Gourmet award in the Vegetarian category in Year 2019 by Master Chef Jeffrey Tan, OAM (Order of Australia medal). Located mid-hill in the Chin Swee temple, this vegetarian restaurant is the only one of its kind in Genting Highlands, Pahang. It was established in 2007 at 4600 feet/1402 metres above sea level, surrounded by lush slopes of virgin tropical forest.
Vegetarians or vegans who are looking for a delicious meal can get Chinese dishes here and enjoy a scrumptious meal while overlooking stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Their signature vegetarian dishes are either ala carte or set meals for groups of more than 10 diners. The restaurant is situated on level 12, which is on the same floor as the Goh Tong Hall residence, similarly located at the main lobby of the temple.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Chin Swee Vegetarian Cuisine has rolled out their Prosperous Rat Year vegetarian set menus that are catered for two or more patrons. The couple set consists of herbal steamed soup, Chinese yam, brinjal and organic lady’s fingers in ‘san bei’ sauce, prawns with crispy oatmeal, including the special pumpkin rice plus luxurious Tieguanyin Chinese tea.
For a larger set meal, it begins with vegetarian Yee Sang, and include the special pumpkin rice. The set for three to four persons (RM368 nett) features vegetarian shark’s fin soup, stewed tofu, claypot lotus root with dried tofu, mixed vegetable curry, and homemade dessert. Meanwhile, the RM568 nett menu for five to six diners will be served stir-fried black fungus with Chinese yam, stir-fried lily bulbs, broccoli and lotus root, sea cucumber and scallops with ‘san bei’ sauce, alongside ‘fried knuckle’ with house sauce. The seven to nine-person menu, priced at RM738 nett, will serve up claypot chicken with herbs, steamed organic lady’s fingers with pumpkin, sea cucumber and scallops, deep-fried wawa yu with XO sauce, mixed vegetable curry plus Wuyi narcissus tea.
The most exquisite of the set meals is the RM798 nett menu for ten to 12, featuring yam basket with kung poh hericium, stir-fried lily bulbs, broccoli and lotus roots, Chinese yam, brinjal, and organic lady’s fingers with ‘san bei’ sauce, ‘cod fish’ with creamy sauce, ‘fried knuckle’ with house sauce, ‘claypot chicken’ with herbs, green tea pudding along with Wuyi narcissus tea.
Other yummy items to look out for would be from their tiny dim sum and dessert set to yam baskets, clay pot and hotplate, herbal soups, rice, including noodles.
This restaurant exudes the best of Chinese tradition from the setting to the culinary experience and can accommodate up to 200 pax indoor whilst the outdoor, 500 pax. One can opt to have a tour around the temple followed by a meal here or vice versa. The restaurant business hours are from 8:30AM to 8:30PM, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks.
As for transport, fret not as the Chin Swee temple is easily accessible by bus or cable car that is right in front of the temple due to its strategic and accommodating location. Additionally, there is a free hourly shuttle bus service. For those who drive up on their own, there are ample of parking lots available. Guests can request for special van transport arrangements with assistance from the temple itself.
Accommodation is available on the Chin Swee temple grounds called the Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong hall for religious devotees or wedding patrons after exploring the various tourist attractions. From the nine-storey pagoda decorated with many figurines of the Buddha alongside the statue of Kuan Yin, and the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s statue to the Chambers of Hell, to name a few.
Venue: Chin Swee Vegetarian Cuisine Restaurant
Add: Jalan Institut Aminuddin Baki, Genting Sempah – Genting Highlands Highway.