SEREMBAN: There are many picturesque places scattered all over Malaysia and the quaint town of Titi is certainly one of them.
Located in the Jelebu district of Negeri Sembilan, it is approximately 100 kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur city centre via the Kajang-Seremban (Lekas) highway. Along the journey, you will be treated to breathtaking views of mountains and jungles on the left and right.
The town of Titi is tranquil, simple, and provides a refreshing change of scenery from busy cities.
The main street of Titi, a combination of pre-war shophouses and modern buildings, is often bustling on weekday mornings.
And as locals stop to chat with each other, their friendly camaraderie puts tourists at ease and makes one feel relaxed as the cares of life seem to melt away.
The FMT team recently visited Titi, and these are some of the highlights from the trip.
Food, glorious food
Titi is known for its non-halal Hakka fare and several popular restaurants here are Tiam Wong, Boon Swee and Sin Wong Kok.
The FMT team visited Tiam Wong, a spacious and airy eatery along the main street, where the braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens is said to be a specialty.
Needless to say, the meal was superb. The meat was tender and served in a thick gravy flavoured by the preserved vegetables. When paired with hot white rice, this comfort food was absolutely delicious.
Among the other highlights at the restaurant are stewed duck with ginger, and Hakka steamed pork.
While there, pop over next door to Sin Swee Fatt, a fifth-generation business selling tasty handmade pau and baked Chinese pastries.
Here, one can find different types of pau such as char siew, rice wine chicken, black pepper chicken, red bean, kaya and even petai (for the brave!)
Additionally, Titi is known for its delicious kuih-muih. A place highly recommended by locals is Soong Seng, also located along the main street.
After indulging in all the food, how about some fruits? Titi is popular for its pineapples and durians and if they’re in season, don’t miss out on trying some.
The FMT team stopped by a stall selling pineapples on the main street and the fruit was delightfully sweet and juicy.
As for the king of fruits, conversations with locals will reveal that just like its pineapples, the durians here are equally memorable!
History and sights
As one explores Titi, it is hard not to wonder about its history. Local residents, when asked, are more than happy to share what they know and one of them is Chu Hew Yin, who has written three books about the town’s history.
Titi is believed to have been founded by a group of Hakka migrants from China in 1838. Sadly, tragedy struck on March 18, 1942, when more than 1,400 people were massacred by the Japanese.
A monument has been built to remember these lives, and it is truly a sombre site in Titi.
Yet another interesting sight is the St Augustine Catholic Church. Located near the entrance of Titi, the church is believed to be more than a century old, and its traditional architecture is striking amidst its simple surroundings.
As it appears to stand guard over Titi, one can only imagine what this church has witnessed throughout the decades.
Additionally, there are colourful murals throughout Titi, so don’t leave without taking a photo or two with these murals as the backdrop.
If you’re looking for a place to stay the night, Titi Eco Farm Resort is a cosy option. It is located on 40 acres of lush green farmland with stunning views of mountains in the background.
Besides the resort, there is also an organic farm and food processing plant here. However, the resort is only open during the weekends.
Alternatively, even if you’re not staying the night, they serve a breakfast buffet on Sundays.
But whether it’s a day trip or an overnight stay, one thing’s for sure: you will leave Titi feeling rejuvenated – and wishing to come back again.