We took the N-S Expressway and exited at Tapah as we wanted to eat the big-headed prawns at Tanjung Tualang which we last had a few years back. We ordered two huge steamed ones which cost about RM70. The restaurant we went to is popular with the locals (Yew Kei) but most of the restaurants there charge almost the same prices. We continued on to Sitiawan using the road to Batu Gajah. This road is just a short distance outside Tg Tualang town. We saved a lot of distance using this road.
We stayed at a clean little hotel a little outside Lumut. The town was peaceful although it was a Saturday night. Some of the grocery shops are 24-hour outlets. We had western food at Jook Joint which served very fresh fish and chips and good cold draft beer.
The next morning after the local noodles at the Sitiawan pasar awam we visited the Tua Pek Kong temple. Despite not using GPS we did not have much trouble finding the location as there were signboards. In Malaysia you have to use a bit of intelligence because at junctions they don't put up any signboards when these are the strategic places to place one or you'll have to guess. I found the temple grounds uncomfortable because the place is so hot and does not have trees. The mangrove walk was not as made out to be. Since the tide was low you could see all the rubbish caught in between the mangrove roots and trunks. The place stinks as well but there were lots of baby mud-skippers. I did not see any large ones. That would have been worthy of a few shots but the my camera had run out of battery and the hand-phone camera was also not working. I did not eat any of the cooked food sold in the hall of the temple complex because I did not see any sink. The stalls that were specially designated for food seemed okay. We spent just under an hour there. The only saving grace about the place was its location by the sea. In the evening or early morning before the merciless sun rises in the clear-blue sky the place should be pleasant. It should be nice to look out over the water.
After leaving the temple grounds we turned into an oil palm plantation and came out at the other end. Lo and behold,all the well-known "chau-choy" restaurants were there. That evening we had dinner at the famous Restaurant Seafood Villa but found the food unspectacular. Many food bloggers rave about these shops. After the late dinner we drove to Marina island,a man-made island (there were originally some huge rocks there). The Best Western resort hotel is there and there's a jetty where the ferry can take us to Pulau Pangkor so now we can go to Pangkor from Lumut or from Marina Island. We then adjourned for a cold draft beer at Lumut's Capri Restaurant. The pizza was very good.
The food trip was not very successful as I did not find the food of Sitiawan that fantastic as made out to be by many food bloggers and the look-see part of the trip was not that successful either because I did not have the time to check out Teluk Batik and The Mulberry Place there. Overall it was a pleasant trip though it was not specifically to see the Tua Pek Kong temple.
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