Tanjung Sepat

Tanjung Sepat, the setting for murder most foul.  One and half hours’ drive away from KL, it is the site of the famous Sosilawati murder.  Less sensationally, Tanjung Sepat is a small Chinese Village where the main attractions are the Ganofarm, pau’s and dried seafood.

The drive to Tanjung Sepat, passing through Banting and Morib is quite pleasant except for certain stretches slowed down by lorries.  After Banting, stalls advertising “ikan segar” (fresh fish) start appearing.  Banting is also where you can get eng kee ong lai or eng kee pineapples.  Though pale in colour, they are sweet and juicy, a much safer bet than the so called nenas madu (honey pineapple from Johor).

I normally steer clear of places that target tourists but was pleasantly surprised by the Ganofarm.  The mushrooms were fresh and cheaper than those sold at hypermarkets.  They still looked good even after one and a half weeks in the fridge.  No surprises that the shop also sells cure-all mushroom and lingzhi-based remedies.  Good for skin too!

After getting your fill of mushrooms, take a walk towards the sea at the Ganofarm.  There is an abandoned restaurant (at least it looked like one), with a wooden stilt bridge stretching into the sea.  Relax on one of the seats along the bridge to enjoy the breeze and watch mudskippers sunbathing – provided you can blot out the rest of the crowd fighting for camera space.

Lovers Bridge is the highlight of any visit to Tanjung Sepat.  I have no idea why.  The structure looks ready to collapse and a sign warns against going onto it.  However, it seems to be the centre of activity in Tanjung Sepat.  Vendors on motorbikes call out to you to buy their dried shrimps, anchovies, ready-to-eat fishballs or fruits.  “Lengchai!” “Lenglui!” (Handsome lad, pretty girl) they call to you, no matter that you are in your tattered t-shirt and Japanese slippers with windswept hair.

There are a few seafood restaurants at the entrance to the Lovers Bridge but I don’t find the taste or the price to be exceptional.  A nearby shop sells dried seafood and a whole lot of other stuff, including seashells.  It is so packed with things that you can hardly walk along the aisle without bringing something down.

For tea, there is the famous Tanjung Sepat pau.  The shop is somewhere in the centre of Tanjung Sepat village.  You know you are at the right place from the queue outside the shop.  They have hot ready-to-eat pau’s and refrigerated ones to steam later.  The pau’s are good but how many can you eat?  People were buying tens of them.

Baby crabs everywhere on Bagan Lalang beach
Baby crabs everywhere on Bagan Lalang beach

Since you are already in Tanjung Sepat, you might as well drive a few more kilometres to Bagan Lalang.  The beach there is not too bad and reasonably clean (for a Malaysian public beach).  At low tide, you can walk quite a distance out to sea, even to the expensive Avani Sepang Gold Coast Resort chalets.  Beware of baby crabs.  Wonder where I could catch the adult ones for some sweet and sour crabs…

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