Sekinchan Day Trip & Restoran Loong Hua @ Sekinchan
During the 4 days long weekends in early September, we made an impromptu visit to Sekinchan after our lunch at Nuan Café. The one hour plus journey was smooth and pleasant with tranquil village scenery and eye soothing greenery.
Sekinchan is a small town located in Sabak Bernam, Selangor and it’s about 96km of distance from Kuala Lumpur, which makes it a great road trip destination.
Apart from being a lively fishing village, Sekinchan is one of the major rice producing areas of Malaysia. Its Chinese name 适耕庄 literally means ‘village suitable for farming’. Sekinchan also called as 鱼米之乡, means ‘the land of fish and rice’, it is often visited for its fresh seafood and there are some rice millers in the area where locally produced rice can be purchased.
We skipped the paddy field visit and headed to Pantai Redang, another popular spot at Sekinchan with the iconic wishing tree and “I love Sekinchan” sign.
The traffic came to a standstill when we approaching the beach and we decided to park our car at the road side and walk to the beach. We passed by many fresh seafood suppliers along the way and spotted this fella had its afternoon leisure walk.
The famous wishing tree entangled with red ribbons and we did the touristy thing too, got a ribbon from the temple (donate as you wish) and wrote down our wishes and name, threw up to the tree. Hehe 😛
Really nothing much can do at the beach, family with kids may want to buy bubble blowers or kites from the stalls and play around. There are also food stalls selling fried noodles, prawn crackers, oyster omelet, fresh fruits, souvenirs and many more. The sunset view at the beach was quite nice though.
There are quite a number of restaurants in Sekinchan and we randomly chose one from the list we found online – Restoran Loong Hua. Located inside the residential area, the restaurant provides an open car park right opposite it.
The non air conditioned dining area near the wharf and seafood processing place with rustic wooden planks flooring.
We opted to be seated at the more comfortable air conditioned room. There are mixed opinions from the reviews I’ve read about this restaurant especially on the service. Our experience was not entirely great but at least the staff who took our order was quite patient and explained to us that shark meat must be cooked in spicy sauce when we requested for a non spicy version to accommodate Sam.
Teochew Steamed Red Snapper (RM55.00 – by weight)
The fish was undeniable fresh and perfectly steamed with the tenderness of the flesh still remained. The sour tang of the gravy well complemented the natural sweetness of the fish.
Salted Egg Yolk Mantis Prawns (RM17.00)
The mantis prawns dish was disappointing. They were thickly coated with batter and the sauce also too little to bring out the overall flavour.
Stir Fried Cabbage (RM7.00)
A mediocre vegetable stir fried.
Verdict: The overall dining experience was just so so, nothing really impressive. For the Pantai Redang trip, it didn’t memorable as well but I still wish to come here again for greenery pre-harvest season on March till May and September till November or golden sea paddy field on mid of May till June and Mid of November till December.
Restoran Loong Hua
No.73, Lorong 3 Bagan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor.
How to get there?
It’s about 96km from Kuala Lumpur and it takes around an hour and 30 minutes via the Lebuhraya KL-Kuala Selangor. You can also take the bus from Puduraya Bus Terminal (counter SPT Sabak Bernam-Kuala Lumpur).