Making use of the last Raya holiday, my wife and I had decided to bring my mother-in-law to Sekinchan to meet up with her younger sister. MIL is recovering well after her operation on her left hip. Since knowing that a few of our friends were also interested to join us, we called them up and went there with three cars.
Actually, there's a long story behind the meeting up of my MIL and her younger sister. They were adopted by two different families and were brought up separately. After years of searching, they managed to get united last year. Since then, we tried our best to keep in touch and let them meet up as frequent as possible.
Though visiting the relatives was our main objective, a trip to Sekinchan won't be complete without trying their fresh, cheap and delicious seafood (that's the exact reason our friends got interested to join us). Here're some highlights of the food:
Steam hot-and-sour fish with charcoal. The unique feature of this dish was the heating method. Unlike many restaurants using dry fuel now a day, they used charcoal. That had added aroma to the dish!!
The spicy mantis prawn with petal. YUMMY!!!! The prawn was lightly battered, fried to golden brown and stir fried again with thai sause and petal. VERY APPETIZING!
This one was the children's favourite: Mantis prawn with salted egg yolk. The prawn was very crispy and the aroma of the salted egg was just inviting! The children (of my friends) had their great time.
Sekinchan is uniquely known for it's dual-core activities: Paddy planting and fisheries. The sight of the green paddy field was awesome. In about three months, the field will turn to golden brown, ready for harvest. Perhaps I should come here again.
We thought of going to the wharf to purchase some freshly caught seafood, but was told that the fishermen were having their raya holiday too. Most of the fishermen are Chinese but they celebrate the festive season together with their muslim counterparts.
The trip was fun and the food was so nice and cheap there!!
Footnote: I was down with sinus in the afternoon of the trip, thanks to some incense and joss tick burning... spoilt my mood. Aiyooo.....