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19 September, 2012

What to do in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor

What to do in Tanjung Sepat is created for those who are looking at spending a day trip to this most western part of Selangor bordering the state of Negeri Sembilan. Tanjung Sepat is a small coastal town near Sepang Gold Coast and offers day trippers a choice of food and sight seeing. This Chinese fishing community is also located in the Kuala Langat district and the other neighboring towns are Morib and Bagan Lalang. 

The drive here is pretty simple as you can either take the Klang-Banting road or take the Sepang F1-LCCT way there. The drive from Kuala Lumpur will take you about an hour and a half to two hours, depending on traffic and best time to visit this place is over the weekend. There is a beach nearby but it is not advisable to have beach activities here. Among what you can find here are generally food-related. There are many restaurants, a mushroom farm and factory and scenic fishing village lifestyle. So be prepared before you make that trip here as the alternative would be to visit the beaches at Morib, Gold Coast and Bagan Lalang.

Tanjung Sepat Fire Station

Basically, Tanjung Sepat is well known for the food as they are one of the pioneers in selling Seafood Bak Kut Teh, a Chinese herbal soup dish with meat inside. However over here, they use seafood instead of pork which is the usual style served. There are also some Seafood Restaurants around the area while the local coffee and also Pao, a steamed filled bun where there is a small little homegrown factory here. Please note that the food sold around here is not for Muslims. 

Food at Tanjung Sepat

As the place is well known for the seafood, there are a number of choices for food lovers here. When you start exploring the entire village, you will know what I mean. Ask the locals if you are unsure, they are very helpful as the place seems to strive with tourist coming here to eat. For the Bak Kut Teh lovers, there are two restaurants located along the main market street in the village town area which are YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh Restaurant and Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh Restaurant. 

Yikee Seafood Bak Kut Teh Restaurant

Yi Kee Seafood Bak Kut Teh
This place is popular in the mornings as many outsiders head here for breakfast so do not be alarmed if you reach there at 8 or 9 in the morning and the place is packed with no tables left to sit at. They serve the general pork bak kut teh while the speciality is the seafood bak kut teh. My recommendation would be the go there as early as possible, about 7.30am would be a good time. Price per person is just under RM10 per person. Just next to this restaurant is a coffee shop that sells Vietnamese Coffee which is decent.

Seafood Bak Kut Teh

Yikee Seafood Bak Kut Teh
Address: 247B, Jalan Besar,
Kampung Baru, Tanjung Sepat,
Selangor
Tel: 03-3197 4907
Business Hours: 6am - 11am
Tel: 03 3197 4907 / 019 351 8448

Alternatively, there is another popular Seafood Bak Kut Teh in Tanjung Sepat called Ah Hock Restaurant. They also serve the same dishes and some locals prefer this place. It is up to you to try both and see which is preferred. Personally, I am yet to try this as my friend was pretty adamant that I try Yikee first.

Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh
Lot 2260, Lorong 7, Jalan Besar
45300, Tanjung Sepat
Selangor
Tel:019 668 4699 / 019 606 6288 / 012 682 6626
Business Hours :6am - 12pm

Ganofarm Tanjung Sepat

Mushroom Farm at Tanjung Sepat

If you love all things mushrooms, then this is the place you must visit. The place grows and processes all kinds of mushrooms including the highly sough after Ling Zhi Mushroom. To make things interesting, the company even offers a home stay program here. Well, since it was a day trip, I only think this would work if you truly worshiped mushrooms. Overall, when you walk in, you will see a range of different mushrooms being grown from shelves. Inside, there is a massive store that sells all kinds of packed mushrooms, drinks and many other interesting things.

The entire project was also started by biochemistry graduate Cheng Poh Guat and her husband who has been specialising in mushroom cultivation since 1987. Right now, they grow five types of mushrooms which are –  ling zhi, known for its medicinal value; grey and white oysters; the “black jelly” and “monkey head”.

The Ganofarm Homestay room package comes with five meals. So if you are all out for a serious mushroom attack, this is your heaven. A total of 32 rooms which are Air-Conditioned, water heater and television are available so you can expect decent accommodations here.

Homestay Room prices are;
RM215 (weekdays) and RM235 (weekends) for Deluxe rooms
RM88 (weekdays) and RM108 (weekends) for Superior room
RM78 (weekday) and RM98 (weekends) for Standard rooms

Ganofarm 
700, Jalan Laut Membiru  Taman Pelangi, 
42800 Tanjung Sepat, 
Selangor
Telephone: 019-6002482


                                                               Coffee at Tanjung Sepat

Coffee at Tanjung Sepat

Apparently, there is a place that produces their own coffee here called Kwo Zha B Coffee. This outlet is located in one of the off roads (Lorong 3) from the main street and sells the roasted beans full or grinded. You can even sample some of the types of blends they offer. For coffee lovers, this is a must stop to check it out. For me, I have tried the best coffee from around Southeast Asia, especially from Laos, Vietnam and Bali therefore if you are a true coffee lover, this is just ordinary. And as mentioned earlier, there is a shop that sells the Vietnamese Coffee next to Yikee Restaurant too. 

Kwo Zha B Coffee
15, Medan Selera Lorong 3,
42800 Tanjong Sepat,
Selangor 
Tel: 012 322 7784

There is also another local coffee producer called Joo Far Trading which also does their own Hainanese coffee powder here. The premises is also operated from a typical old-school house. They also have their own coffee bean tree for show so ask the owner about this as he is known to be very friendly. Overall, he will take you on a full tour of his coffee roasting and grinding process in the house. Quite interesting if you have never seen how it is done.

Joo Fa Trading
No. 356, Lorong 5,
Jalan Besar, 42800,
Tanjung Sepat

Pao (Bao) at Tanjung Sepat

Of all the unexpected things I came across was a Hailam Pao (Steamed Bun) factory here in town. Apparently, this is a family run business where they supply Pao to many outlets in Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Petaling Jaya. The factory is really small with huge signs you cannot miss, and once you enter the premises, you will notice staff hand making these paos to be steamed for sale. Right opposite the miniature factory, there is a old styled coffee shop that sells the paos which are made just across. You can sit there, have a few drinks and enjoy the paos. Tip: Come early to avoid being told that the paos have been sold out, especially after lunch.

Hai Yew Heng Pao Factory in Tanjung Sepat

Seafood Restaurant at Tanjung Sepat 

There are also a number of seafood restaurants towards the coastal side of the village here. One of them being well known is called Ocen Seafood Restaurant which is located next to the well known 'Lovers Bridge' here. Excuse the spelling but what you are assuming is right, just a 'clever' way of spelling it or simply a typo error. Popular for the prawns, crabs, fish and white shells, the place also serves other meats and vegetables to accompany your individual taste. Overall, you get all kinds of seafood here and this is one of the noted places in the area. There have been many mixed reviews but you have to try it for yourself to pass judgement. They serve beer too, but in bottles so do not expect any draft. Also, I would like to highlight, please avoid ordering any Sharks Fin dishes. "The killing stops when the eating stops".

Ocen Seafood Restaurant
Lot 109, Jalan Laut, 
42800 Tanjung Sepat, 
Kuala Langat, 
Selangor
Tel: 03 31974443 / 012 3849910

Apart from the popular restaurant mentioned above, there are a few more seafood restaurants located around the town and coastal area. They are;

Lovers Bridge Restaurant
43B, Jalan Tepi Laut,
Tanjung Sepat
Tel: 03 3197 5871 / 019 270 0796


Yee Xian Seafood Restaurant
Lorong 4, Jalan Besar,
Tanjung Sepat
Tel: 016 3669084 / 012 3812402

Baywatch Restaurant
72, Jalan 3, Tepi Laut,
42800 Tanjung Sepat
Tel: 03 3197 3843


Restaurant Ban Joo Hing
Jalan Senangin Tiga,
42800 Tanjung Sepat
Tel: 019 3667366


Unknown Name Restaurant (for the curious)
Lorong 14,
Jalan Sekolah (Jalan Dua),
Tanjung Sepat

Hong Seng Seafood Restaurant
No 71, Jalan Tepi Laut,
42800 Tanjong Sepat
Tel: 019 378 1788 / 013-223 7923 / 03 3197 2487

Tanjung Sepat Map

General Tip: You should make your way there as early as possible as it can get crowded on weekends or school holidays. A lot of locals from KL, PJ and even as far as Singapore tend to make their way here to experience the great food.

Photography Tip: If you go there on a nice and clear day, head to the coastal part of town and check out the jetty and the locals fishing. Most of the locals here are used to photographers, but please always ask for permission before taking pictures. Sometimes, you may even get an amazing sunset here.

Well, there you have it, a day trip out of Kuala Lumpur to one of the unique Chinese Fishing Village of Tanjung Sepat in Selangor. A simple drive that you can explore with your family, friend or loved ones in one day. I have also heard that there are various bicycle groups that load up their bikes in their cars and head there. Once reaching there, they move around on their bikes to explore the entire village. I think that is one of the coolest things to do on a weekend where you combine exercise, hobby and sight seeing on one trip so I hope you have the time to explore this place and enjoyed this article - What to do in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.

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