Jun 11 2012

Seafood in Port Klang: Part 1

Published by at 8:00 am under Food

Whether you’re seeking a quick culinary expedition or just looking for a new place to visit for a day from Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang is easily accessible and allows you to combine filling your stomach with the discovery of a new location. Relatively unknown by foreigners, Port Klang’s crab and steamboat dishes are highly sought after by tourists visiting from Singapore and other parts of Malaysia. It’s also where Royal Carribbean and other cruise liners dock, with most of them offering onshore excursions within the vicinity of the port.

Smash to enjoy: Get physical to tease out the steamed crab.

Even though it can take up to an hour to reach here from the city, it hasn’t deterred food hunters. With commuter trains and local buses linking KL with Port Klang, the shuttle back and forth will be relatively stress free. Jump on either the Transnasional or CityLine bus (run by the same company) No 710 or No 126 to get here from Kuala Lumpur. Otherwise, the KTM Komuter runs every 15 minutes between the two locations and takes 70 minutes.

Clams are good on their own, in porridge or soup.

Arriving mid-morning so you can take in your surroundings while searching for a place to dig in. Jump into a taxi and head for one of the many restaurants located by the water, such as Sea Sky Seafood Restaurant, an affordable choice for sweet and sour chilli crab while enjoying views of passing vessels along the Straits of Melaka.

Chinese seafood restaurants here serve up 'drunken prawns', cooked in whisky or wine.

Located by the riverbank, Perlama Seafood is another spot where you can expect calm views of the water and if you’re lucky, multihued sunsets might be on the menu too. Try a more Malay version of seafood here, like the assam ikan (stingray or pomfret fish cooked in a sourish curry with okra) or crunchy fried baby octopus with a plate of white rice.

If you’re looking for a real treat, one place that locals swear by is Coconut Flower Restaurant. There are endless places to dine in Port Klang but this is possibly one of the best in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur and possibly Malaysia.  Hidden away in an industrial park, you have to take a taxi to get there; try a classic dish of black pepper crab or steamed crab for 45 ringgit.

The best part about trawling for seafood in a port is that you’re pretty much guaranteed that everything is fresh and comes without steep city prices attached. While there isn’t much in the way of doing in Port Klang, this is a part of Malaysia that you’ll certainly be able to eat through.

You’ll find Sea Sky Seafood at A12881 Tanjong Harapan, Bagan Hallam while Coconut Flower Restaurant is at No. 702, Jalan Udang Galah in Kampong Teluk Gong. Perlama Seafood isn’t far away on No. 6, Jalan Tangki, near the South Port. (All are located in Port Klang.)

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