|Hock's House…home away from home|
If you are looking for delicious, fresh and cheap seafood, look no further. Tanjung Sepat boasts of several seafood establishments that draw visitors from near and far.
|Named after Tanjung Sepat's famous icon|
|Crispy calamari and yummy prawns|
The Lovers' Bridge is a half concrete, half wooden bridge that leads out to the Straits of Malacca. Sadly, part of the bridge has fallen prey to decay of time and have broken off. This happened in June 2013. Therefore, you cannot stroll all the way to the end. From a photographer's point of view, this adds to the allure of the bridge. A romantic explanation for the name of this bridge is to commemorate the practice of the fishermen's wives who used to bid farewell to their husbands before they went out to sea and would wait there eagerly in the evening for their return.
|Tread with care!|
|Another view of the length of the Lovers' Bridge|
Besides the Lover's Bridge, another attraction in Tanjung Sepat is the Qingren Qiao local products shop, which is right across the road from the bridge, hence its name. The Hong Kong actor, Simon Yam, is one of the VIPs that have visited the shop. You can find an assortment of reasonably-priced things sold here like dried oysters, anchovies, noodles and snacks. I bought a packet of ramen made locally as well as some birds nest vermicelli, both of which are very good. It thrilled me to bits to find some murals there too --- the Tanjung Sepat version of Georgetown's wall art.
|Siblings On Bicycle|
|Siblings On Swing|
|Little Boy Reaching Up|
Dinner that night was at Ocen (yes, that's the exact spelling) Seafood Restaurant,
|Ocen Seafood Restaurant, right beside the bridge|
For breakfast, we were advised to try seafood bak kut teh as Tanjung Sepat is reputed to be one of the pioneers of this Chinese herbal soup with seafood. The two big giants of seafood bak kut teh here are YiKee and Ah Hock, located on the main market street. But both of us did not fancy such a hearty meal for breakfast so we opted for a simple yet tasty fare of noodles at an unassuming corner coffee shop called Restaurant 2525.
Besides seafood bak kut teh, visitors throng to Tanjung Sepat in droves for the famous Hai Yew Heng Hainanese pau, established more than 40 years ago. Only available from noon onwards, these fluffy soft buns with a variety of fillings are handmade and steamed fresh at the factory/shop near the main market street. I am not a fan of pau and hardly ever touch one but the raves on the Internet stirred my curiosity. I bit into the succulent and piping hot mui choy pau (bun with preserved Chinese mustard vegetable filling) and immediately understood what the fuss was all about. Hai Yew Heng pau…a big thumbs up!
|The modern shop amidst village shops and houses that churns out such scrumptious paus|
Tanjung Sepat also has a local coffee maker, with the small factory right in the town center. Joo Fa Trading
|The smell of aromatic coffee wafted out from the factory|
|Freshly fried fishballs|
This short visit to Tanjung Sepat has left indelible memories. We truly enjoyed our visit and vow to return.