Malaysia’s Crab Island Famous For Seafood

Pulau Ketam is nestled in the mouth of the Klang River in Selangor State, and is home to Pulau Ketam Village and Sungai Lima Village, which are separated by primacy forest. The former is the focal point of the island, where zinc-roofed houses standing on stilts is home to more than six thousand residents who are mainly of the Teochew dialect.

Motorcycles and bicycles are the only traffic on the ironwood boardwalks that link the houses. Jalan Besar, the main thoroughfare, springs to life in the early morning with the hoarse roar of seafood traders, the clang of spatula against pans in coffee-shops, the salty smell of dried seafood, the whirr of machines packing seafood into plastic bags and the aroma of stir-fried oyster 海味禮盒 omelette wafting in the air. The jetty at Koperasi Herr Ming should not be missed as there is a lot of activity with the loading and unloading of seafood destined for home kitchens and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and other major towns. The wet market is also a good spot to start one’s tour of the settlement.

Two temples worth visiting are the Nan Thiam Keng Temple and Hock Leng Keng Temple, where wall paintings and sculptured dragons adorn their interiors. On the 28th day of the fourth lunar month, the ear-deafening clash of cymbals, the staccato thump of drums and colourful costumes greet devotees to the Hock Leng Keng Temple as the deity’s birthday is celebrated with prayers and opera performances. Come the sixth day of the sixth lunar month, the main attention focuses on the Nan Thiam Keng Temple as devotees honour the deity with supplications, mini concert and Chinese opera shows. The celebrations at both temples last 14 days, and see throngs of worshippers from the mainland as well.

The dozen or so seafood restaurants at Pulau Ketam Village can excite even the most discerning gourmet. Dishes such as crunchy deep-fried squids, kam heong crabs, tom yam steamed grouper and drunken prawns have turned many dieters into gluttons. Take your pick from one of the following list of famous restaurants: Restaurant Ping Heong, Restaurant Mei Sek, Restaurant Seng Tian, Restaurant Kuai Lok Hian, Nan Heng Seafood Restaurant, Kim Hoe Seafood Restaurant and Restaurant Seafood Kia Hiong Haun. For tea, many coffee shops have stalls serving oyster omelet, cockle omelet, fried anchovies, anchovy fritters and shrimp fritters.