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IN THIS week’s edition of the Food Trail, we take a look at Sungai Pelek, a small town in the southwest of Selangor.

But before I begin, I would like to give a shout out to reader “Big Al” Alex Lye for sharing some awesome makan places in Cheras and Old Klang Road.

Moving on, Michelle, my wife and I were in Port Dickson recently.

We completed a ride to Tanjung Tuan or Cape Rachado at the Negri Sembilan-Malacca border and had worked out a good appetite.

The next thing on my schedule was lunch at Kuala Lukut.

Unfortunately, all the makan places in this area cater only to the dinner crowd.

So, without a clue, we turned to our trusted Garmin Nuvi 600 vehicle GPS for some pointers.

While we were driving along Sepang, one of the waypoints came highly recommended.

368412A94C0443E89B9E284EA0A3818BSteamed white pomfret: Fresh and tasty.

This makan place is located in Sungai Pelek, some 20km from Sepang.

So, without hesitation, we took a drive there and with GPS guidance, arrived at an air-conditioned makan place called Restoran Sungai Pelek (GPS N 02 38 667, E 101 42 926).

This was a weekend, but the restaurant with a cosy interior did not have much crowd.

A waitress came to take our order and recommended steam tau tai chong (white pomfret) which the restaurant specialises in.

At this point, the odds were 70-30 on scoring a bad meal.

My ‘Samo-sense’ was tingling and I felt that things were going to be okay.

So, Michelle and I settled for steamed fish, fried oyster omelette, and stir-fried fern (paku choy) with belacan.

BF85D2EC85454F03B5302382FCB03766Interesting find: Restoran SungaiPelek in Sungai Pelek town, Selangor.

And when the dishes were served, I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality servings.

The fish was fresh and the rest were commendable dishes.

The bill came up to RM55.90, with the steamed ikan bawal as the most expensive dish at RM32.

To sum it up, the makan place in Sungai Pelek wasn’t a bad find.

On how to get there, this town is accessible via Lukut in Negri Sembilan and the nearest town in Selangor is Sepang.

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