Kuala Lumpur - Seafood at Tanjung Sepat
This incredibly popular seafood spot is actually 1.5 hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, past the KL International Airport in Sepang.
Located in a largely Chinese fishing village of Tanjung Sepat, one actually drives past several colorful Chinese Taoist temples before coming onto the seashore. You won't miss Ocen Seafood Restaurant - lines of cars would be parked outside what looked like an otherwise quiet beach, with a long pier called "Lovers' Bridge" by the locals.
The restaurant was cool and breezy, with large fans supplementing the sea breeze. Tables & chairs were rudimentary, plastic bowls, chopsticks & plates, and cheap metal cutlery, were the order of the day here.
But the food was fantastic - the freshest seafood from the Straits of Malacca, expertly cooked and guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest palate in our lunch party today.
What we had:
- Stir-fried crab "bee hoon" (thin rice noodles), flavored with soy, bean sauce, dried shrimps and other "secret" condiments. Deliciously addictive. Malaysian crabs served here were small but meaty, with sweet, tasty flesh;
- Oyster omelette with scallions. Perfectly-cooked, and went well with the sweetish home-made chilli sauce;
- Crispy batter-fried squid - another must-order dish. I found this absolutely addictive as well, especially with the chilli sauce dip;
- "Sharksfin-style" tofu soup in a claypot, which was eggy, milky-rich and delicious to the last drop. A dash of black vinegar (available on the side) cuts through the richness of the soup and provided a nice tang;
- Prawns in Shaoxing wine-flavoured soup, with julienned vegetables and golden-needle mushrooms. This dish was perfection personified. I couldn't adequately put in words the sheer deliciousness of this dish, except that I'd be willing to travel a hundred miles just for a taste of it again!
Well, now I know what the fuss was all about with regards to this "we *must* go for a seafood lunch in Tanjung Sepat" which KL folks kept bandying about :-D
Ocen Seafood Restaurant
Lot 109, Jalan Laut
42800 Tanjung Sepat
Kuala Langat, Selangor
Tel: +603-31974443 (DID), +6019-3338589 (Mobile)
Looks very yummy. Nice leisurely drive, sea breezes, tasty fresh seafood, a Tiger beer or two, maybe sample some other stuff around there (hint), maybe watch the sun set over the Straits of Malacca, have someone else drive back while you nap... :-) What a nice day.
I looked the place up and amongst other trivia noticed from other posted photos they seem to have updated their signage sometime between May and September of last year. :-)
Obviously they prefer to spell "Ocean" the way they do.
Apparently there is also some sort of fish "kut teh" (as opposed to "bak kut teh") in the area, if not from this same place? http://www.dishwithvivien.com/2011/05/
We used to swing by Kuala Langat and Banting once in a blue moon way back in the day - either durian-hunting, or on the way to the beach at Morib. Once or twice we took the shoreline road all the way down to Port Dickson.
Very interesting place. I was told by my old-timer KL friends that, long ago, KL folks would make a beeline for either Carey Island or Pulau Ketam for such seafood dishes. Now, it's Tanjung Sepat.
The locals are Hokkien-Chinese (福建人), speaking the Hokkien dialect which sounded similar to that spoken in Klang. I guess all Chinese settlements along the Selangor and Johore coastal areas were peopled by immigrants who came from the same districts in Fujian, China, decades or even centuries back.
You have this sense that Tanjung Sepat is a close-knit community: we drove past an area where a bunch of grizzled middle-aged men, all sporting deep tans, lounged on deck-chairs under a large zinc-roofed rest area under the trees by the beach - my friend told me that these are the local fishermen socialising. chatting and dozing off during the day as they fish in the night. The fishing industry is backbone of the little town.
Fishing boats and temples (mostly dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea) of the Hokkien/Hoklo fisherfolk in Tanjung Sepat.