Sunday, July 10, 2011

Restoran Chai Lee, Sekinchan and other places in Selangor

My beloved John and I have been to Sekinchan in Selangor a couple of times before with our retiree group, just to have an outing together and enjoy its well-known seafood fare. But going there for lunch with our darling son, David, was much fun in a youngish sort of way. He's an avid photographer and enthusiastic about seeking out new sights to explore along the course of the journey. And, that'd give us, his parents, opportunities for sight-seeing, something he knows will delight us so. A good opportunity too to spend quality time with our elder boy!

Hence, with some mapping and driving direction tool installed in his iPhone, our adventurous boy managed to locate a few sites to enjoy. One such place was the drive through coconut and oil palm plantations before reaching the catwalk at Bagan Sungai Tengkorak, Tanjong Karang, where we got to admire the picturesque view of the sea and mangroves on that bright sunny day with gorgeous blue skies.

Welcome signage to Bagan Sungia Tengkorak, Tanjong Karang, Selangor, Malaysia
Welcome signage to Bagan Sungia Tengkorak, Tanjong Karang
The catwalk at Bagan Sungai Tengkorak, Tanjong Karang, Selangor, Malaysia
The catwalk at Bagan Sungai Tengkorak

Coconut and oil palm plantations, Tanjong Karang, Selangor, Malaysia
Coconut and oil palm plantations
Chinese Temple at Bagan Tengkorak, Tanjong Karang, Selangor, Malaysia
Chinese Temple at Bagan Tengkorak (taken with iPhone that included the GPS coords - Latitude: 3° 27' 11.40" N

Longitude: 101° 8' 9.60" E

Hmm... didn't know that there was a 'famous' seafood restaurant close-by, near the Chinese Temple at Bagan Tengkorak fishing village! Telephone numbers: 03-3269 5451 or 017-202 1198 noted here for future reference, just in case. :-)

We then traveled onwards to Restoran Chai Lee in Sekinchan for lunch as planned. Restoran Chai Lee in Sekinchan, Selangor, MalaysiaOur first time really as David had googled earlier for a popular seafood joint to whet our appetite and this place was highly recommended. Frankly, food at this restaurant was not exceptionally spectacular, missing the 'umph' factor and somewhat overcharged too, in our opinion. We've eaten much tastier seafood in Sekinchan before and less pricey too. Moreover, their dishes must have been so spiced up with MSG that we found our throat so dry and parched on the journey home. Thank God that we had brought along mineral water to quench the dryness!

We had the following dishes for RM89.20, inclusive of 3 bowls of rice and a teapot of tea:
Claypot Fish Maw with prawns+mushroom
Claypot Fish Maw with prawns and

mushroom @ RM18
Stir-fried green veggie
Stir-fried green veggie @ RM6/=
Lala or clams in Szechuan sauce
Lala or clams in Szechuan sauce @ RM10
Batter Fried Squids
Batter Fried Squids @ RM10
Sweet and spicy Crabs
Sweet and spicy Crabs @ RM24
Batter Fried Mantis Prawns
Batter Fried Mantis Prawns @ RM12

Location :
Restoran Chai Lee
No. 135, Jalan Teochew
45400 Bagan Sekinchan
Tel.: 03-3241 0908

Paddy fields in Sekinchan, Selangor, MalaysiaWith our tummies overfilled with food portions that were fit for 4-5 pax, we hit the road, homeward-bound but not before further exploring the surroundings of Sekinchan, which is one of the major rice supplier in our beloved country, Malaysia.

We just couldn't resist stopping by the roadside to marvel at the grand display of the lush greenery of paddy fields against the beautiful blue skies in fabulous contrast.

Paddy fields in Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia Paddy or rice fields in Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia

It was a first time for me, seeing the paddy plants up-close! Simply eye-catching and to be able to capture them on camera is another treat altogether. Usually, we just drive pass and get glimpses of them from afar.

Our next stop was at Pantai Jeram in Kuala Selangor, about 45 mins journey away, where we were able to enjoy the lovely view of its beach, sea and horizon. Of course, too early to savour the sun's setting as well as too soon to stomach any more food!

Sharing photos below to show the loveliness of Pantai Jeram!

Pantai Jeram in Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia Pantai Jeram in Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia

Pantai Jeram in Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia Pantai Jeram in Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia

Not long later, dark clouds loomed over threateningly and it did rained cats and dogs that afternoon which prevented further sight-seeing and forced us to hit home sweet home to Kuala Lumpur.

This trip was in May 2010. Humph...more than a year behind time in journaling this eventful day!


  1. Gosh. So lovely the sight seeing and so sweet the narration, details and guidance. Great photos. Each photo can be a awesome template. Thank you Jac for sharing fascinating. An inspiration to retirees.

  2. Hi Auntie Jackie,
    Just wanted to say Hi. I haven't been reading the blogs in a while. But school is out and I have a little bit more time on my hands to do some catching up. Did you take the pictures yourself? They look very professionally done, espcially the food pictures. Yum!
    Love, Tracy

  3. @ Ifinder
    Thank you so much for your kind and sweet comments. You've made my day!

    @ Tracy
    Hi dear! What a wonderful surprise to 'see' you here! Thanks for sharing your kind thoughts.
    Yes, I captured the photos. I'm a late bloomer in photography... had my first shot less than 5 years ago. Fortunately for me, it's the digital era where I can take endless shots without extra cost with a digital camera, unlike film cameras.
    God bless you all!
    Love fr Uncle John and I

  4. I was there last week. Unfortunately, the restaurant is fully booked and we do not have the opportunity to dine in it

  5. To me, food there is just average, nothing extraordinary! Anyway, unless you try you won't know, right? Not everyone will share the same view, hence the crowd.

  6. I'm planning to Sekinchan for lunch this weekend. I heard about Chai Lee Restaurant too. you mentioned in your blog that you have tasted another restaurant which is much more tastier. May i know which restaurant you are referring to...

  7. Hi TZ!
    Sorry, I'm unable to name the restaurant as my hubby and I went with our retiree group, led by our chief navigator who knows the place but not its name. Simply remembered that we had a scenic view of the river when lunching there a couple of times.
    You may probably want to try Jiann Chyi Seafood Restaurant, given a good rating at

  8. Hiya, great blog .. It'd be great if you could recall where it is you saw "The catwalk at Bagan Sungai Tengkorak". Was it near the Chinese Temple or the entry to the restaurant? Is the starting point visible from the main road?

    1. Thanks for your compliment, Roger! Sorry though that I'm unable to assist you re the catwalk. I just couldn't recall its location as it was so long ago.


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