Friday, November 4, 2016

Temerloh | Silver Catfish Town / Centre of Paninsular

Located about 130 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, at the junction of the Pahang River and the Semantan River, lays Temerloh district; the second largest town in Pahang after Kuantan. And here is where Patin fish or Silver Catfish; one of Malaysia most prized freshwater fish have made Temerloh their home. Hence, Temerloh has been rebranded as "Patin Fish Town/Silver Catfish Town" on April 16, 1999 by the then Culture, Art and Tourism Minister, Datuk Sabbaruddin Chik. Not only that, it is also known as "Titik Tengah Semenanjung" or "Centre of Paninsular".

Temerloh town is reputable for their 3 types of ikan patin or patin fish, namely ikan patin sangkar, ikan patin buah and ikan patin muncung. It is said that an ikan patin muncung can fetch up to RM280-RM300 per/kg, one of five most expensive fish in Malaysia.

Masak Lemak Tempoyak Ikan Patin

A research by the Agriculture Ministry in 1993 found that Sungai Pahang was suitable for patin fish breeding project, four cages was set-up to test at Kampung Lubuk Kawah, Temerloh. It is said that the patin fish can be grown for commercial purpose, the likes of talipia and keli fish (catfish species) and approximately more than 2,000 patin fish breeding cages own by commercial breeders in Temerloh.

Being a country famous for local delicacies, it is no surprise that the 'Masak Lemak Tempoyak Ikan Patin' or 'Silver Catfish in fermented durian with coconut milk' curry dish has also put  Temerloh in the foodie map, and is a must try food when one makes a trip here. However, many did not realise that the silver catfish can be cooked in various style and would taste as good (if not better)....such as Patin Fish Pumpkin Porridge, Steam Patin Fish, Curry Patin Fish with Noodles, Grilled Patin Fish, Patin Fish Asam Pedas and Patin Fish with small sour Starfruit Soup and etc.

Silver Catfish in fermented durian with coconut milk

Not only that, the other interesting fact that many are not aware of is that these catfish has a few health benefits
  • It can boost Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids intake
  • Low in mercury and it also equals to 40 percent of the daily recommended vitamin B-12 intake
  • Its vitamin B-12 is critical to aiding your body in the breakdown of the foods you eat into usable energy. Insufficient of vitamin B-12, the nerve function suffers.

Puan Suhaya Elly Rosli giving the welcome speech on behalf of Dato' Sharkar.

Rest assure that when in Temerloh, Patin fish/food is not the only activities for us to indulge, below are a few activities for you weekenders.

Pekan Sehari Temerloh
Happened every Sunday at Lurah Semantan from 7:00 am until 1:00pm. Produce solder here are those from local villages such vegetables, fruits, local delicacies, fresh water fish, ulam and etc.

Homestay Program
Experience a homestay programs in Temerloh. Live like the locals do, visit the orchard, the ikan patin breeding cages, the morning market and etc.

Gunung Senyum Recreational Forest
Gunung Senyum Recreational Forest was opened on the 14th of July 1989 as public recreational park, covering an area of about 794 hectares of forest in Jengka (in the district of Maran). It is managed by Temerloh District Forestry Department ( Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Pahang), it also provide facilities such as chalets, dormitory / hostel accommodation and a campsite for tents, toilet and washing facilities and a surau.

So what are you waiting for. Come visit Temerloh now!

Pesta Pelancongan Ikan Patin Bandar Temerloh, Titik Tengah Semenanjung Media Trip
is in collaboration with Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA).

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