Taiping may be famous for its hills and gardens but a little known fact is that an estuary sits along its borders too.
Kuala Sepetang is a little town with rugged edges and a whole lot of mangrove trees that line the roadside, indicating the presence of the unseen inlet on the other side.
A trip to Taiping to admire its flora and fauna would not be complete without a visit to the Mangrove Forest Reserve there, for a quick boat trip along the Sepetang River to feed White Bellied Eagles.
However, Kuala Sepetang is also famous for another animal of the crustacean kind – the prawns – the main attraction in Mee Udang Kuala Sepetang.
Originally a fishing village, Kuala Sepetang has since grown to become a tourist attraction of sorts due to the presence of the historical Port Weld – Perak’s first British-era port built to export tin from Taiping – and the traditional charcoal factory which uses the local mangrove trees.
When it comes to taking a break after a long day of sight-seeing, the place to stop by is Mee Udang Mak Jah – the roadside stall that both locals and tourists alike swear by. Once you taste the richness of its broth and the freshness of its prawns, you’ll understand why.
Its fame is most evident during long holidays, when land-faring Taipingites make the pilgrimage back to their hometown and crowd this noodle stall. Correction: It was once a stall, now it has expanded to the other side of the road, with waiters shuttling back and forth a still-functioning road to fulfil orders.
Its close proximity to a river mouth with easy access to seafood, works perfectly in favour of Mee Udang Mak Jah until today (the reason behind its emergence in the first place).
If you’re there, order the Mee Udang Special – it may cost a bomb but the sheer size of the prawns will win you over in no time.
Alternatively you may also drop by their Klang Valley branch in Wangsa Maju.
The story of Mee Udang Mak Jah in Kuala Sepetang.
Restoran Mee Udang Mak Jah
34650 Kuala Sepetang,
This article first appeared in uppre.com