There are a quite a number of coastal stretches along the west coast (e.g. Kuala Selangor, Kukup, Kuala Sepetang, Parit Buntar) and islands (e.g. Pangkor Island, Ketam Island) of Peninsular Malaysia where communities of fishing villages and its economy are primarily founded on the fishery industry, with bountiful seafood harvested from the local waters for the domestic and international markets. It is at these fishing villages where fresh and delicious seafood can be had at reasonable prices; in addition to taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the slower pace and rustic charm these fishing villages have to offer.
The image above is one such restaurant at dinner time on a weekend in Sekinchan; a smallish restaurant which are typically owned and staffed my family members. With a simple,functional, no frills set-up, you have a choice of either having a table within the shoplot (sheltered) or out in the open in the yard for an airier atmosphere. This restaurant is popular, note the queue waiting for a table, full house on the night, weekends are busy times (especially public holidays/long weekends) and patience is a virtue as the wait time can be fairly long at times. What to do? Have a drink, relax, enjoy some house titbits, chit chat, while waiting for the food to be served. The all time Malaysian favourites and staples at these restaurants are the barramundi, breams, grouper, snappers, seabass, leatherjackets, white pomfret, scads, threadfins, whitings, stingray, prawns, squid, clams, crab, crayfish, cockles, lobster, mussels, and many others; cooked in a variety of styles of your choice. A dinner for four with 4-5 dishes and drinks will come to about USD30-40, quite good value for the money.
Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 14mm