Monday, January 27, 2014

Ocean Seafood & Ban Joo Heng Seafood at Tanjung Sepat

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What used to be a fishing village has now become a seafood restaurants haven. There are quite a number of diners around the small area and there's one popular outlet- Ocean's Seafood, located strategically near the famous Lover's Bridge looking out to the ocean with a non-existent beach.

For my 2D1N journey here in Tanjung Sepat, I have managed to only try two outlets near the Lover's Bridge, which were the Ocean's Seafood and Ban Joo Heng. I supposed these two are very lucky to establish around that area as it is where the tourists go. Ocean's Seafood is always packed to capacity also thanks to their wooden docks overlooking the vast ocean. The other restaurant which is just right beside, separated by a small pathway leading to the Lover's Bridge is spacious and has plenty of tables, but with slightly lesser customers.

Ban Joo Heng Seafood

On the first day we tried out Ban Joo Heng, ordering the common seafood dish that most patrons like such as Fried Squid and of course, FISH!

Crabs wasn't in our list though because there were only two of us so there was a high chance that we wouldn't be able to finish them so we didn't bother ordering.

In terms of the seafood part, yes they did feel, smell and taste fresh. We did enjoy our food there but in terms of pricing, it was not boastfully cheap, just affordable. The only thing we were slightly disappointed was that it didn't taste as good as we expected them to be. But yes, fresh. Dirt cheap, not really. Special? No no.

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Coconut is alwats a must order to accompany your seafood.
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Steamed fish - simple and nice. RM28
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Fried Sotong was fresh, but the taste was ordinary. RM16
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Ocean Seafood

On the morning of the second day, we went to try out Ocean Seafood. Much to our dismay, they ran out of few types of fishes and introduced us to this Grouper (Dragon Tiger Grouper something) that cost us RM50 for one small fish! Well, it's not exactly that small but I supposed it was puny for its species. I have heard of this species before and knew that it has always been expensive... We ordered anyways and thoroughly burnt our pocket.

Generally in terms of food, Ocean Seafood seemed to be slightly better in taste and the crabmeat tofu was pretty special, like shark fin soup. Of course there wasn't any shark fin inside, I have sworn off it long time ago. Apart from that, it was really an ordinary meal to me. And apart from the fish, everything else was priced reasonably.

Salted Egg Fried Mantis Prawn. RM14
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This was actually tofu mashed with crab meats, like shark-fin soup style but no worries, no fins involved. RM16
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The expensive soya steamed grouper. RM52
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The meat was definitely very fresh, didn't taste like it had been frozen before.
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To sum it all up, I predict that you could expect almost the same menu in all the seafood restaurants around the area. I would not scream and shout how amazingly delicious the seafood is, they have been enjoyable and that's that. Then again I supposed being in fishing village, it just seems very natural for everyone to indulge in a good hearty seafood meal as long as they taste good and definitely fresh.

Perhaps it's not the taste that allures you; it's the ocean smell lingering in the air that you unknowingly breathes that secudes you the moment you arrive to visit this small and thriving fishing village at Tanjung Sepat.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cassava (Tapioca) Manufacturer Kerepek & Keropok @ Tanjung Sepat

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Riding deep into the woods, we were on a mission to hunt for the factory that made some awesome crackers! We tasted once when one of our colleagues bought some for us and most of instantly fell in love with it since they were quite delicious, even though the factory might be located a little deeper into the woods, that didn't stop us from heading there!

No worries, it wasn't a looooong trip, as soon as you finish your gossip in the car, you would find yourself arriving there around the corner. You wouldn't miss it, there are plenty of cars parking right outside.

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Workers are skinning the potatoes very skillfully.
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Those skinned potatoes are then put into this machine to be sliced into thin pieces.
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All the ready crackers! Look at the golden brown crisp! They are trying to seduce you, yes they are!
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Some views of the factory. We're not allowed to get in.
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After the rather short factory tour, you will be brought over to their shops. Here, you can will see lotsa local made natural products. Most importantly, you can get those crackers freshly out from the factory from here!
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They even have different flavors for the crackers such as Dhal, Curry and etc. You could test them on the spot and see which one suits you the best and for the large packet one would only cost you about RM9, which is big enough to share with about 6 - 10 people. In terms of the flavors, it is really up to personal preferences. For us, we bought lotsa Dhal flavors as we found that to be tastier. However, we also discovered that the batch of crackers that we bought were not s good and delicious as our colleague bought for us like 2 -3 months ago, of course we wouldn't know why it could taste different, perhaps it's seasonal and maybe the potatoes didn't grow so well during the period when we went.

Nonetheless, this is a good stop when you are in Tanjung Sepat and the crackers actually make a very good souvenirs for your friends and family!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Joo Fa Traditional Black Coffee Powder @ Tanjung Sepat

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Upon entering the old wooden small factory, we are immediately greeted by the refreshing and pleasant smell of coffee. You could feel rejuvenated instantly, courtesy to the lingering caffeine within the atmosphere.

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The coffee beans, covered in burnt sugar, thus resulting the black coffee beans.

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Roasted coffee beans are preparing to go down the grinder to transform into the black coffee powder.
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This is how the bean looks like on the tree, while it is still growing waiting to ripe.
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The ripe fruit, which is a type of berry, dried berry and then the black coffee bean  at the rightest. Essentially they only pick out the beans which we call coffee. Don't underestimate this tiny little seed as it's packed with enough caffeine to keep you alert and wide awake for 8 hours at least, and it is also one the most popular beverage ingredient in this world, keeping a lot of people on their toes every single morning, apart from tea.
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At the end of the short visit, and friendly introduction and education from the coffee owner, we end up with two bags of good grade black coffee powder home , costing only RM6.50 each. Even when we leave the two small sealed bags in the car, it instantly overwhelms, proving how strong the scent of the seductive coffee is.

We heard that you could test out the warm black coffee on the spot, too bad we have been a little too late, it has finished by the time we have reached the place. Nonetheless, just by walking into the family owned family and taking in all the coffee fragrance from the air is enough to jolt you awake, in a good way. =)


Lorong 5, Taman Tanjung Sepat,
42800 Batu, Selangor, Malaysia

Tanjung Sepat Attractions:

1. Joo Fa Traditional Coffee Trading

2. Cassava (Tapioca) Manufacturer Kerepek & Keropok
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