Sekinchan is the rice-bowl area of Selangor. It is located in the Sabak Bernam district and is one of two major rice producing districts in Malaysia.
For you fish lovers, just a short drive further along from the paddy fields, will bring you to the fishing village of Sekinchan.
Driving around, we noticed that this area is a predominantly Chinese village.
The main town area can be covered by car in 10 minutes. Lots of ice-factories(for fish) can be seen along the main road.
As this is a predominantly Chinese area, the restaurants are predominantly Chinese seafood restaurants… I guess that pretty much made up our minds for us, what we were going to have for lunch.
There is one modern strip of shops in this rural town, and later we will see that Guan Seng Loong is actually a franchise of seafood restaurants. (high end and low end.. i.e. aircond with tiled floor or no aircond with wooden planked floor!)
Obviously being in a kampung-ish place and all, we wanted to eat at the non-aircond with planked floor version, so we went a hunting…
This house was really cute – modern brick with kampung-like attachment and outdoor loo! From this angle it looks like a brick house on stilts huh?
Further down that road, we see a few signs of seafood restaurants. As the rain started to pick up again, we ran for shelter into the nearest one.
Well what do you know… ? Another Guan Seng Loong!
The place was pretty packed, and since it looked authentic enough for us, we decided to order our lunch.
Cumi: Grumpy lady waitress.
Ciki: She pretended not to speak Cantonese, just Mandarin. Finally, she changed her mind and spoke to us in fluent Cantonese. Attitude!
Our first dish arrives.
“Tarn(Tahn?)” /Razor/Bamboo Clams. Disappointingly unfresh and not cleaned well. Very bad servings from a restaurant next to the sea! The sauce wasn’t much to compliment either.
Tahn – RM11.00
Enter second dish.
Oyster Omelette (Orchien? Orchen?). Looks good but tasted bland. We prefer ours with a bit of crisp and chewiness. This had too much corn flour and the oysters weren’t very tasty. Ciki had sand and MUCK in one mouthful!
Orchien – RM11.50
Fried Onion Siakap. We only received one side of the fish hence it wasn’t a big serving. This was the best dish since it was fresh. A bit heavy handed on the salt and garnished with too much onion. It might have tasted just as good if they only grilled it and served it with just the lime.
Fish – RM22.00
With lunch in our stomachs , we decided to explore the town some more.
Being a fishing Village and all, the fishermen come in throughout the day to unload their catch to the middlemen.
Lots of activity – fishermen, middle men, tourists… and US!
Not exactly Tsukiji Market… but good enough by my humble standards.. lol, Fresh Eels for Japanese restaurants… ‘Slithery Fresh!’
The hardworking fishermen.
Weighing their catch and getting their pay.
The hard working aunties and their children… cleaning and sorting the fish.
We learnt some new techniques in boat maneuvering. Instead of reversing, a crewman just jumps into the dirty polluted river to anchor the boat around the tree trunk. Well, it looked like he was enjoying it though.
Restoran Guan Seng Loong,
No. 73, Lrg 3, Bagan Sekinchan,
Tel: 03-3241 0494
MSG levels: high
Salt levels: high