Cha Po Tion Seafood Restaurant (阿娇海鲜饭店) is located on the main “Seafood Street” in Sekinchan, which we somehow completely missed when we drove along the street because it really just looks like a wooden hut with metal roofs and a fading-away sign board that’s hardly legible. This restaurant would have been unfated had not been our running group’s suggestion. Be there early or be patient because they prepare food table by table. It may take a while to be your turn, but once it’s your turn, food are dished out fast.
First up is shark soup (RM 18), a merry party of springy shark slices, bouncy fish balls and tofu in salted vegetable soup slightly neutralized by tomatoes.
Deep-fried calamari (RM 23) is of superb texture, where light batter coats thick, chewy calamari slices that burst with freshness from the sea.
Fish is pan-fried to crisp, I mean thoroughly crisp on every inch you can find on the fish without any corners being burnt, and you can even hear it sizzle open when you sink your chopsticks into them. With a drizzle of lime juice, it is simple yet sensational where the sour note enhances the freshness of the fish even more.
We can never have too much fish and we double up the joy with yet another fish dish (RM 22), where pan-fried slices with a crisp coat are smothered in fermented bean paste sauce.
Steamed clams are my favorite anytime – steamed in simplicity without any rice wine in its own essence released in the process, topped with ginger slices and deep-fried onions.
Simple fried bitter gourd with egg (RM 10).
And lastly, to be honest – I don’t know what is this dish because it was kind of finished before I got to it, but I do know it’s RM 24.
The bill came up to RM 151, which is only RM 17 per person for the nine of us, totally worth it despite the 1 hour wait !
Jalan Besar Bagan, Bagan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor.
Tel : +6016 6761769