All white everything…

I remember studying in my History books about how, in those colonial days, the British during the Emergency in Malaya would fence up villages to prevent the Communists from getting their food supplies from the villagers and once a place was free of any terrorist threat, it would be declared a “white area”. Well, I was told that Tanjung Sepat, a coastal town/fishing village in Kuala Langat, was one such area.

I was indeed pleasantly amazed when smallkucing and family took us there that evening on our 3rd day in the peninsula. The wooden shophouses…

TS shops

…reminded me of the old Sungai Merah bazaar here before it lost its character and identity when they were all demolished and replaced with modern buildings no different from any that can be found elsewhere. In that same way, I very much prefer this original location of the famous pao (steamed bun) place to the present one…

TS pao shop 1

Gee!!! It seems that this famous Hong Kong foodie had been here too…

HK foodie

…like how he was here as well.

The people in the shop…

Making paos 1

…seemed quite oblivious to people dropping by and looking at them and taking photographs as they went through the process of making the paos. This girl here was making the ones with kaya (coconut jam) filling…

Making paos 2

…and they certainly were not at all bothered by the fact that there were so many flies fleeting around and stopping on the buns once in a while in transit. I was told that it, being a fishing village, those flies are a regular feature all over so I guess they must be quite used to the presence of those insects…like summer in Australia. Eyewwwww!!!!! My missus did buy a few to try – well, since this place is so famous, we just had to take the risk.

Upon coming out of the place, we chanced upon this lady…

FB lady

…and Mamakucing bought some of her fish balls…

FB 1

…including some fried ones…

FB 2

Personally, I am more accustomed to those that are round and of a regular shape but despite the odd appearance, these tasted really great and the texture was just perfect.

The lady secretly told mamakucing that there was another place where the paos would be a lot nicer and with her leading the way, we ended up here…

PS 2

For one thing, this one was not infested with flies…

PS 2 - paos

– I wonder why…and I was wondering too as to why they were blowing the nice white buns full blast using the huge stand fan…

PS 2 - fan

I thought that was to keep away the flies but when mamakucing asked them, they said it was to make the paos rise. Huh? I thought they leave the dough to rise before making the buns and steaming them…and not after they’re already cooked? Is there anybody out there in the know who can shed some light on the matter?

Well, she bought some and at the end of the trip, she shoved them all to us…and since there was no way we could steam them to eat, we just kept them in the hotel fridge and took them home to Sibu with us.

I steamed some of them on our first morning home…

SP

…and as you can see, the celebrated ones (the three in the middle) from the former are much smaller than those from the latter. Other than that, they have something printed on the paper beneath the paos

Sp - label

…and I was quite put off by the fact that a bit of the colour came off onto the bottom of the buns. I wonder if that was because we had kept the paos frozen for too long and whether the ink would be safe for consumption.

I tried one of each and I found the one from the first place we went to…

SP - 1st place

…to be less tasty than the one from the second place…

Sp = 2nd place

Maybe if I had not eaten the two together simultaneously like that, I would not have noticed the difference but as it was, I thought the latter had a stronger and very much nicer taste.

Anyway, back to our tour of Tanjung Sepat, I would say that I really enjoyed myself looking around…

TS houe

…and one thing I noticed was that the people there do not seem in the least bothered about whatever traffic rules…

No law land

…and what have you.

Anyway, on with the tour…