Long weekends represent a good time for great excursions, if you ask me. Undeterred by the rain, we headed out to Tanjung Sepat.
Tg Sepat is an itsy bitsy teeny weeny town!
First stop lunch… there is no other way to describe this place, other than the corner coffee shop under a zinc roof. If you can read chinese, then please let us know the name of this shop!
The only address or landmark, is ‘Lorong 5, 42800 TG. Sepat’
As a rule of thumb, if you are uncertain where to eat, then pick a place that is crowded (rather than empty) and as luck would have it, this place served up Pan Mee, with a twist!
The twist being, pick your own fresh ingredients from a blue coleman! The fish slices (‘Yue-pean’) were the specialty. Of course being a fishing village and all that, the fish was super fresh.
Choose from Tom Yam Soup, Clear Soup, or Dry Pan Mee.
The Chili turned out to be really hot, oily and tasty! Lucky me!
Hmmmmm, don’t look too closely though, at your surroundings – this is not the cleanest of places to eat.
My Tom Yam arrived – hot and spicy. Not fantastic soup but the FISH slices were incredible! Sweet and fresh and flaky… you could tell it was just swimming a second ago!
Cumi: Really Fresh stuff!
This is the dry Pan Mee. Again the dark sauce was so-so. A little too much sauce if you ask me – you can see the noodles flooded in its bowl.
Again the fish slices and squid and other seafood delights had us drinking out of the bottom of our bowls! Fantastic grub for a cold wet afternoon.
Moving on, we wanted to check out the Agro farm on the way to Tg Sepat.
Vita Agrotech Sdn. Bhd. was formed to increase research on cultivation of edible mushrooms. It currently has 40 farm houses or so.
Here we are! The Ganofarm Factory.
Mushrooms in every shape, size and color assault the senses. Ganofarm Sdn. Bhd. was set up following the expansion of the mushroom business. The main focus of this company is on medicinal mushroom; medicinal properties, cultivation and product development.
These are REAL mushrooms growing out of dirt and sawdust. Aren’t they cute? When I first saw them, I thought they were fake because they were so shiny!
The cultivation process is amazing.
First they bag the substrate which is made up of saw dust, rice bran, limestone and water. Then they cap the contents, sterilize it and inoculate it with the mushroom spores. Then they lay it out on the racks that you see (called the incubation process) and later, they water it everyday, with tender loving care!
Finally they harvest the end product … gorgeous plump mushroom!
For those of you who don’t know (like me) and marvel at how the mushroom can grow out of DIRT in plastic bags, let me just say that mushrooms fall under 3 basic groups. Mycorrhizal, parasitic and saprophytic. Most of the edible gourmet mushrooms are saprophytic, wood decomposing funghi. I.e. because they lack chlorophyll, they are unable to get their energy from the sun. Thus, they get their nutrients from organic matter such as cellulose and lignin containing waste material! How cool.
Which reminds me of this joke :
Husband says to wife :” Stop treating me like a mushroom”
Wife:”In what way do I treat you like a mushroom”
Husband: “You keep me in the dark, and feed me lots of bullshit”.
end of joke:P
I’ve heard of growing mushrooms behind the ears… but this is something else… :P:P
On to the warehouse… Here’s us, picking up mushrooms for Mum’s soup..
All things GOOD come out of eating mushrooms.. so kids… FINISH your shrooms.. lol.
“I don’t need this”… Cumi exclaims… (why is he talking in such a loud voice.. haha)
Cheap la… any of you guys want or not… we can pick up some for you … haha (can tell me discretely… no problem ;))
Lot700, Jalan Laut Membiru,
Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat,
Driving around Tg Sepat town , these are some of the interesting sights.. An Old Junk… (Cumi says it’s not an old junk – apparently it’s a really rather new fisherman’s boat… but it looks old to me)
A small lad, standing over a giant wok with a giant lid! How can he stand all day and fry like that?
Leaving Tg Sepat, we decide to head on home to KL, using the Sepang route.
Don’t let this demure kampung styled house fool you…
This is THE place , to pick you your industrial sized keropok!
See, industrial sized keropok!
Behind that same house is the factory/kitchen. Here you see the starting material – the UBI.
The man in charge of frying the keropok.
The deep, hot , ‘longbath’ of oil… you can smell the oil and feel the heat a mile away…
Cumi: hmm… just like those mud baths.. only hotter
The Chili mixer!
On the right, the red hot Chili/Sambal churner.
The Keropok is turn over and over and mixed with that piping hot, liquid chili, until it thickens to become a sticky dry paste. This sticky, red keropok is divine! Sweet and spicy, it’s a great snack for the TV.
No.3, Jalan Kerayong
43950 Bkt Bangkong Sepang,
Tel: 03-3141 2354
Sepang Gold Coast! Wow.. I didn’t know that Malaysia had a ‘Gold coast’ but now I do.. (and so do you!)
The fish market just along the Sepang gold coast beach.
Heaps of fresh fish to choose from…
Some stranger looking angel fish – this looked like flat, white paper … ! (sorry, city gal very suaku… have never seen white, flat, dotted fish…)
The Flower Crab.
The White Squid.
The Vibrant Prawn.
The man, trying to act cool and bargain for fish.. 😛
A restaurant just by the market, has a sign that tells you that if you bring your own fish, they will cook it for you, for a small fee. How nice.
Back to the Gold coast…
Wow! This place looks like a mini paradise.
Feels like you’ve entered another world altogether.
Chalet on the beach, still under construction.
Building sandcastles (in the sky)..
Oh, no wonder this place looks so good… they just want to entice you to buy and invest your money in this Sepang property… Well, we wouldn’t mind, but the drive to work would kill us. Maybe for investment purposes… maybe…
We had covered so much ground, that before we knew it, the sun was setting…
Almost time for dinner as we approached Semenyih.
Good.. Broga! A nice place of dinner was just round the corner 😉
Along the dark road, you will see this green, happy sign.
Only 7pm and already packed to the rafters.
What is their specialty here? Why, panggang (grilled) fish of course!
The fish are all alive and swimming just before they become somebody’s meal…
And fresh, it certainly is. We opted for the special sauce grilled fish (tilapia?)- spicy and tangy but light enough not to mask the basic taste of the fish.
Cumi: The place is run by a family who owns the land/teak (pokok jati) nursery . While they anticipate the bountiful hardwood harvest, they erected a restaurant a year ago to serve fresh fish, kampung (village/free range) chicken and vegetables. No Pork served. They proudly mentioned no MSG in the food and.. we tastefully agreed.
Fish – RM15.00 (only!) – we had a small fish. Price starts from RM17.
Kangkung Belacan… (and jaz beer)!!
Sotong goreng (fried).
Finger lickin good!
9pm.. time to go home and watch some TV, and eat the spicy chili keropok!
Kedai Makanan Pokok Jati,
Batu 25 Jalan Broga, Semenyih, Selangor.
Tel: 03 -8761 0088
Open: 10.30am – 10.00pm