THE best way to work up a good appetite is to get on your bicycle and pedal.
A recent cycling trip took me to Tanjung Sepat along Selangor’s coastline where I savoured some of the village’s famous pastries and seafood.
The journey took nearly a day from my home in USJ, Subang Jaya.
Together with my wife Michelle, we clocked in more than 153km from our home to the small fishing village and back.
We did this on our folding bikes which were specially rigged for touring.
From Subang Jaya, we rode towards the Kesas highway and made a turn to Banting and began our journey towards Morib.
Tanjung Sepat is about 18km away from the popular public beach and by the time we reached the village, it was way past lunch time.
Due to heavy rain and traffic, we made several stops before ending up at Ban Joo Hing seafood restaurant (GPS: N 02 39 456, E 101 40 318) as the other eateries had literally ran out of food.
It was a weekend, and Tanjung Sepat, known for its seafood bak kut teh, mui choy pau and kopi-O kau, was packed with visitors from all over the Klang Valley and beyond, including some who came from as far as Singapore.
We found a table and placed an order for a simple lunch.
When you have cycled for 76.5km, the hunger for food must certainly be catered to.
To get a good fill, I ordered a plate of fried ikan bulus (silver whiting), sotong kia with honey (firefly squid) and stir-fried sweet potato leaves.
And when it comes to quality, the fried fish was acceptable and the vegetables were totally out but the best of the lot was the fried sotong kia (baby squid).
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the honey squid 7 on the Samo-scale.
And the bill came up to RM48 for three dishes. Not bad for a small village’s standards.
We left Tanjung Sepat with plenty of good vibes and continued cycling into the night.
This village can be accessed via the Kesas or the Elite highways through Sepang.
Many of the seafood restaurants in Tanjung Sepat are open for the dining crowd, so, if you plan to head there, be sure to go early.