Kuala Sepetang (Port Weld) is a fishing village near Taiping and is famous for its fresh seafood and mee banjir udang. It is around twenty kilometers from Taiping town and roughly twenty-five minutes traveling time. We were in Taiping for the cheng beng and we took the opportunity to try out the seafood after reading about it in the Kwong  Wah Yit Poh. The quiet town of Kuala Sepetang was buzzing with excitement due to the coming Bukit Gantang by-election. The roads were packed with vehicles parking on the roadside which was lined and decorated with the flags and banners of all parties. FRU and police trucks were everywhere as well. What a timing indeed!

After maneuvering through the jam, we finally reached the Restaurant Tepi Sungai. Quite literally, as the restaurant is RIGHT beside the river! It is on the first floor of the building. The ground floor is the docking area for the fishing boats.



Beautiful scenery of the river would be heaven for photographers

During the heat of the by-election campaigning, coupled with the cheng beng crowd, many of the seafood were sold out. We were disappointed as we were looking forward for a variety of seafood. So we settled for whatever that was available. We starting the meal off with some boiled baby octopus. Very crunchy and fresh, excellent appetizer!


Just half way through the first dish, the waitress came by and asked us whether we wanted some  flower crabs. Amazingly, the crabs just came off the fishing boat which just docked! Talk about it being fresh, this is as fresh as can be! Throughout the meal, we saw many shipments and fishing boats docking at the various jetties. More of these captivating sights can be seen in my article in Penang365.com.



We had the flower crabs steamed in Chinese Wine, it was so fresh and indeed satisfactory!


The next on the list was the Steamed Assam Curry Fish, their signature dish. Their curry is very much unlike those that I have eaten in Penang. The gravy has finely chopped garlic, lemon grass, chili and shallots which are excellent to go with rice, lip smacking indeed!


The last two dishes was the Fried Mee and vegetable. Though the yellow mee was fried with only vegetable and prawns, surprisingly it was very flavorful and tasty. The blanched Choy Sum in oil and soy sauce was very fresh. I personally prefer if they opt out the fried shallots and less generous on the oil.


Fried with only prawns


As a first-timer here, you may have some trouble finding the place. The picture below would help you to identify the restaurant, and do check out the Map Location, with the address and direction included at the end of the post. It would be wise to make a reservation to avoid disappointment, especially with the length of journey to get there.


There could only be one phrase to conclude the food at this restaurant, GOOD AND REASONABLE and this was also given the thumbs-up by Lilian of Malaysiabest. The total food bill came up to RM92.00 plus the fruit juices. As this was my first time visiting this town I truly enjoyed the scenery and of course the seafood. Do take some time off your schedule and plan a visit to this beautiful town. Anyone interested to organize a makan-makan trip there for the seafood and mee banjir udang?

Restaurant Tepi Sungai (RT Weld Restaurant)
No 150 Tepi Sungai
Kuala Sepetang
34650 Taiping

Tel : 05 8581169

Business Hour : 11am – 9.30pm

GPS Coordinates : N04 50.150   E100 37.620

From the North South Highway, exit at Taiping Kamunting outlet. After paying the toll, drive on and upon seeing the first traffic light; turn right into the trunk road. Continue on till you reach the Simpang Empat traffic light. Turn right and drive till you reach the town of Kuala Sepatang. Look out for the mosque and the police station which is side by side. Drive on and turn right towards the row of godowns. Immediately after the turn, you see the restaurant on the left.

More sights of Taping town can be seen here.

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41 comments so far


Just a casual browse at your Blog today, You cant believe how envious to read all this and see the lovely pics of all those ultra fresh seafood. Dont think I like visiting here again .Lol .

April 6th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Another great hunting. And the foods are so fresh…….

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April 7th, 2009 at 8:35 am

How do you compare the boiled baby octopus at nibong tebal and here? any differences?

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April 7th, 2009 at 8:54 am

Wow~~ Fresh crab from the sea! Delicious!

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April 7th, 2009 at 9:08 am

I know the feeling of having the freshest harvest from the sea being delivered right to our dining tables… after being cooked, of course. The taste is just so different. :)

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April 7th, 2009 at 9:34 am

The octopus looks tasty!

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April 7th, 2009 at 9:56 am

You’re so lucky that the fishing boat docked during your visit huh! :) The assam fish looked tantalizing! It’s the way Perak people do it, I think. Even my grandma cooks the assam fish that way, and I agree, it is perfect with rice!

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April 7th, 2009 at 10:06 am

the curry fish looks so fresh and fleshy-drooling!

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April 7th, 2009 at 10:06 am

Wonderful seafood! :)

April 7th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Sonny – Try visiting the restaurant instead and you get the dishes right in front of you…haha

Food Paradise – Ask hubby to take the family for a short trip to try out the food. It’s worth the trip.

cariso – All of the octopus is fresh, not one piece is tough.

allie – The crabs are very tasty and sweet and the soy sauce is also well done.

Life for Beginners – Have to agree with that. Could arrange a trip there if you are coming up north.

email2me – The freshness is there.

iamthewitch – This is the first time that I tasted Perak version of assam fish …thumbs-up.

foodbin – The taste of the fish is superbly good, very different from those in Penang.

Selba – It is indeed a good place for fresh seafood.

April 7th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

wah!! the octopus looks really good! i love it done in this style. :)

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April 7th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

i must check out soon, heard lots of good comment abt the cheap n fresh seafood! nice sharing!

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April 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

we usually have the baby octopus fried as only fresh ones can be poached, like the ones u had. looks so good!!!

wow, kuala sepetang sounds like a great place for an excursion!

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April 8th, 2009 at 4:01 am

OMG – the boiled baby octopus is my fave! *Droollll* Now i need to go hunt for some around here but don’t think I can find any as good as those! :(

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April 8th, 2009 at 10:26 am

With the politicians gone the price will come down further? Flower crabs fresh from the boat, wow!

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April 8th, 2009 at 11:07 am

You can visit Matang before enter to Kuala Sepatang. Matang is famous for the Seafood Porridge

April 8th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Mmm crabs make my mouth water… I was at the same place too on nomination day. Massive traffic jam for this normally peaceful town. If you want fresh and cheap seafood, bring an ice box and be ready to buy in bulk. I bought large prawns at RM25/kg. Quite interested in Mee Banjir Udang…

April 8th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

lingzie – Poached octopus are always the prefered choice in most restaurants…

SimpleGirl – Do share your review too.

Nic (KHKL) – It’s worth visiting this place, after which can continue the journey up north to visit Penang too.

Pureglutton – You could be able to get it if you visit the right place.

Chin – Hope so, should be good for all seafood lovers.

MC – That sounds great…another option for food around that area.

April 8th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I like the shot you took of the boat with a man on it, just so eye catching. Never mind lar, we eat more next coming weekend! lol!


April 8th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Big Boys Oven – It will be a yummylicious weekend lor…haha

April 9th, 2009 at 10:06 am

YuNiq – What a coincidence…I was stuck in the jam too. Both of us at the same place, so near yet not able to meet up.

April 9th, 2009 at 10:50 am

CK, The Assam Curry Fish I must try. I will definitely look for this place when I am in Taiping. Thanks for the review!

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April 9th, 2009 at 11:53 am

aiks.. i tot u go there to help the Voting party…. :P

heehee… but fresh from boat to plate in front of you…………. one word.. YUMMY…..

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April 11th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Very nice site! cheap cialis http://aixypeo.com/ayrqra/4.html

April 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Alan – You are most welcome.

PenangTuaPui – I was there for the cheng beng prayers and of course eating yummy food along the way.

April 13th, 2009 at 9:59 am

Nice site! Thank you!
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April 16th, 2009 at 2:44 am

Perfect site, i like it!
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April 16th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Visited this place last Sunday, service very bad when taking order and food not nice specially boiled baby octopus compare with nibong tebal.

May 5th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

TzeFan – Very surprised to hear that… the boiled baby octopus that I had were fresh, just came in from the boat.

May 5th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I’ll be glad to go over for a crawl, if you ever decided to come for one, CK!

i missed this post of yours back in Apr!

next time remind me to share with you a story on the Mee Banjir Udang!!! got us fuming!

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June 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

J2kfm – Would be lovely to catch up with you again…can’t wait to hear about the Mee Banjir Udang from you. We wanted to stop by to have a plate of it but was too full to have anything else.

Btw…you could try out this restaurant tepi sungai….beautiful scenery.

June 21st, 2009 at 11:39 am
Uncle Chew

Dear CK, We just went to the above restaurant this afternoon. Some of friends have visited the restuarant before but found the food now cost very much more and the taste is very much below standard. Nibong Tebal Chang Ji definitely outshine this place.

June 25th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Just went there hahaha my friend’s mom cooked so din try anything outside. I heard their food is below standard too.

September 21st, 2009 at 1:31 am

Uncle Chew – Have not been to this place for a while now, so not too sure about the prices. Will sure to drop by Nibong Tebal Chang Kee again.

Jian – Hopefully will drop in again to try out the food. The last one I had was pretty OK.

September 21st, 2009 at 11:01 am
edwin teow

Ya we were there during this raya holiday , food is not bad , but quite expensive , about 300+ for 6 adults , maybe it is the holiday or we ate a lot !! LOL !!

CK Lam Reply:

Great to hear of your dining experience :)

October 5th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Yes Nice. And nice pictures too.

CK Lam Reply:

Thank you!

October 8th, 2009 at 11:33 pm
Zhik tong

well, i cant believe that u can take quite a good photo there in my home town, shi ba ting.


but i really dun agree with ur opinion regarding the restaurant. u should try another restaurant not far from hai shang restaurant(??), it is much more delicious and cheaper than there…….

CK Lam Reply:

Will like to try out the other restaurants around the area in time to come :)

January 12th, 2010 at 1:13 am

i visited on last saturday. I really disappointed with food and service.
The waitress are rude, may be due to crowd. They like very impatient while taking the order.
The food so so but the price is more expensive compare to other seafood restaurant.
If anyone wish to try, better dont go during holidays. The service so bad!

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for sharing!

May 3rd, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Wow! After reading your piece, I will go to for Kuala Sepetang tomorrow!

July 8th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

nice restaurant, food ok, would go again, but its far away :-)

from Germany, Jan

December 20th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Coming to KS next week. What is the difference with Xin & your Tepi Sungai restaurants? TS cheaper?

March 11th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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