Stopping by…

I remember I did drive into the town once when my friend had to go there for whatever reason I cannot remember now but we did not stop and I did not get to go anywhere either. So when my friend, Mandy, suggested going some place during my short trip to the peninsula, I proposed going to Malacca on a day trip and stopping by Seremban along the way.

“So, Seremban, here I come!!!”

Seremban 1

It is a nice little town – bigger than Sibu though not necessarily nicer…

Seremban 2

…and what is this? Hey! It’s our very own Sibu cold storage company!!!

CCK in Seremban

Yeah!!! Sibu boleh!!! LOL!!!

We headed straight to the market…

Seremban market

…and it was Mandy who commented that the one in Sibu is much nicer. Well, I guess ours is newer and better-maintained so everything looks more neatly-arranged and cleaner.

The two of us went upstairs to where the hawker stalls are…

Seremban Hakka mee stall

…and I would say that the air circulation there is much better so the place is quite airy and not hot unlike the one in Sibu which I would avoid like a plague as it is more often than not so very hot and stuffy and I cannot imagine how I can enjoy eating in such an uncomfortable environment.

I wanted to try the Hakka mee that I had read about in some blogs, praising it to the skies…

Seremban Hakka mee

…but honestly, I did not think it was that great. No, no, don’t get me wrong! It was quite nice, not too bad really but our kampua noodles and the Kuching kolo mee are better…or to me, at least. I am sure it was supposed to be dry…but you find the sauce or whatever filling up almost half the bowl underneath the noodles. They probably forgot to add the minced pork that day but I think what I had here would win hands down.

Mandy ordered the sui kao (meat dumplings)…

Seremban sui kao

…and it came looking like this. Now, where were the fried shallots, the chopped spring onions? Inside, it was all meat – the ones we have here (made by some guy from Selangor) or the ones here have prawns inside and of course, they taste a lot smoother, not as coarse, and are much nicer.

I ordered the kopi-o-peng

Seremban kopi-o-peng

…and I noticed that the people there are kind of possessive over their things. Gosh!!! All that green paint on the glass! Here, they would just put a dot at the bottom of the glass so it would not be so starkingly obvious. LOL!!!

They kept telling me that I must try the beef noodles which unfortunately was on the other side but the nice lady from the drinks stall went over to order a bowl for us. When it was served, both Mandy and I were somewhat surprised as it did not look like what we had expected…

Seremban beef noodles 1

The brown sauce was not that great – I would expect it to have some beef taste, like Bovril perhaps, but it was not like that in any way. Then, instead of noodles, they used something like the big mihun or what we call hung ngang in Sibu…or the noodles that you would find in Penang assam laksa or one of those big and fat Japanese noodles…

Seremban beef noodles 2

Normally, when it comes to beef noodles, we would get yellow noodles in clear beef soup or for the dry version, we would have something like kampua or kolo meekosong, that is without all the meat and stuff served with beef soup and all the meat, tendon and gu tor (beef stomach) would be inside like what we have here. All right, as it was, I would say that it tasted fine but between the two, I think the Hakka mee was nicer. Even the complimentary soup with the beef balls inside tasted bland, unlike the soup at beef noodle stalls elsewhere.

I did notice while we were there that they had a very wide selection at a chap fan (mixed rice) stall there and everything really looked so very delicious. Well, it was too early for lunch and anyway, we were saving up for Malacca so we did not get to try that.

After leaving the market, Mandy took me here…

Siew Pow Master 1

…and I saw this eating place that I’ve seen in some blogs before right across the road from where we were…

Yi Poh Seremban

Unfortunately, we were already too full so we did not bother to hop over to check what they had to offer there.

Here, they certainly have a lot of stuff…

Siew Pow Master 2

…but I really did not know what was nice and what I should buy. That is why I always say that when you visit a place, it would be best to have a local to take you around and show you what is good and what isn’t.

Mandy said that she bought some of these for her colleagues…

Seremban cookies

…and they all loved them a lot so I bought a number of packets to bring home to Sibu. I’ve tried it already but let’s put it this way. Had I tried it there, I would not have bothered buying and carrying it all the way home. It was like any local-made cookie, floury and a little bit sweet. My missus did not think much of it either and felt that the walnut cookies that smallkucing and Yee Ling bought for me were a lot nicer. I did not buy any of their sio pao (baked buns) either as I’ve never been a fan of those.

After that, we left town. I’m afraid I did not really see much of it or drop by any places of interest…so perhaps I would have to go again someday and maybe stay there for a night or two…and perhaps I might come across some things there that I would really like.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

39 thoughts on “Stopping by…”

  1. my friend instead praised the beef noodle to the skies! but i have not tried it myself so couldn’t really comment anything. but the siewbao is heavenly especially eaten when it’s hot! which somehow reminds me of the Portuguese tart i had in Macau last year. orgasm!

    Ooooo…Portuguese egg tarts, I like but not Seremban siew pao…except perhaps, Mr. Paoz…but those were not sensational either and very very small.

  2. I’ve enjoyed another wonderful Malaysia tour trip with you 🙂 Just don’t like the fact that I can only drool on all the lovely food treats your friends takes you to ;( Wish I’m as popular as you 🙂

    Glad that you’re enjoying yourself, more to come… Will be dropping by another place in the next two posts.

  3. Have heard people raving about the food in that area.

    That was exactly why I went – all the rave reviews I saw in some blogs. Everyone was telling me that I must eat the bbq crabs but smallkucing went and ate it not too long ago and she was disappointed. I guess different people have different tastes – they probably loved what they had…but I would beg to disagree.

  4. Were they Cheap? I know many people who rate food by their price. For me now the TEST is …is it worth getting fat for? Had fun in Sibu..thanks again

    Dunno. My friend treated me to everything… I guess the prices are pretty usual. Most welcome, do come again! Wait for my post on your trip…but that would be sometime around the end of next week – so many things to blog about, all lined up chronologically.

  5. So nice of Mandy to take you for a short trip! I am sure you enjoyed the trip to Malacca… love going there myself.. I have been Seremban few times, my in-law’s hometown… but that was a long time time ago, never been there for more than 20 years, just passing by the highway only .. 🙂

    Hah! You could have followed us all the way if you had come to KL for the weekend. At first, Quay Po said she wanted to tag along but in the end, she changed her mind. Never mind the food – it certainly was a great trip – had a great time.

  6. and many times…Is it worth risking gout attack for?….

    I’m sure you did not get an attack when you went back from Sibu – very nice here, all gout sufferer-friendly one. Not like KK – all that seafood…and the ngui chap! Muahahahahaha!!!!

  7. hmmmm, i think most people go to seremban enroute malacca and just for the food, don’t quite recall there’s any place to see in seremban actually.. but great, you’ve been there to eat!! what a shame, having stayed in KL for 30 over years, i’ve not been there, wakakakakaka~~

    That was exactly what I was thinking. Been to Malacca and PD many many times but never stopped by Seremban. So now that I’ve been there, I will try to drop by the rest – JB, for one…and the east coast states – Kelantan & Trengganu…and Perlis too, perhaps. Then I would have covered the whole country, north, south, east, west. Been to Kuantan, Pahang before…

  8. Welcome to Seremban, my hometown! hehehe….
    If you really ask me about sight seeing in Seremban..I think I’m blank! =p
    BTW..I din know that CCK is a Sibu brand. hehehe….

    Ok, now you know. You should see the towkay’s house here – huge mansion, fit for a king. Hmmm…you should go around, see any attractions, not necessarily the same as those in the cities, and promote in your blog like what I usually do for Sibu. Good for the town, keeps it alive.

  9. Oh, Mandy bring you to Seremban makan angin. Did you eat the big bun with curry inside. Famous over there. Forget what they called it.

    Seremban too? I thought that is an Ipoh specialty…or Kampar, Perak. I had that in Penang too. Sibu, can get…but dunno still can or not as I have not bought for a long time. Not really crazy about that – I cook curry, buy buns and eat, also the same…cheaper and nicer…and no cling wrap inside. Eyewwwwwww!!!!!

  10. ooo I miss the seremban hakka noodles..
    Last sunday I found one hakka in Kl which was quite nice…

    Not great leh… Come and try Sibu kampua – there will be no turning back! They have in KL? Hmmm…next time I go, you take me there…belanja me makan hor? LOL!!!

  11. Aiyak…..hv to ask Mandy where is that siew pau shop. The other day we tried to fund n can’t find. That’s why went to the siewre pau payar

    Directly opposite that Yi Poh place – 26GR, Jalan Seng Meng Lee, Off Jalan Temiang – GPS Coordinates : N2 44.044 E101 56.421. Mandy says the payar place is over-rated, not so nice. I wouldn’t know – didn’t go there – saw long queues when we passed by.

  12. Seremban siew pow very nice. I tried once before only, and begging for more. Heard from a friend that the beef noodles is Seremban’s specialty. I do not have a chance to try on them though.

    Sorry, did not like the Seremban sio paos that I have had and I did not like the beef noodles either. Wonder what else they have to offer…and hopefully, they’re a lot better than these…

  13. Mandy is definitely the greatest host in KL. Next time I also want to tag along with her for a day trip. I know she travels quite often.Am sure she knows which places have the best food.

    Unfortunately, no! She is not particular about what she eats – does not mind stopping at the same places and eating the same things all the time…as long as it is edible, never mind nice or not. She doesn’t mind taking you if you know of nice places and can tell her where to go, I’m sure, though….

  14. Eek. The beef noodles certainly doesn’t look like any beef noodles I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t look too appetizing to me. Next time make a trip to Penang instead and have the beef noodles there. But then, there’s no guarantees you’ll like that either since everyone has his own acquired tastes already. I know I do and not that black goo thingy.
    Can’t wait to see your post about Melaka and where the chendol shop is. That image is still haunting me …. must include a map please!

    Reminds me of a beef noodle place here, also black black with gravy/sauce like that. I went once and never again…but that shop is always packed. Seems that everybody loves it…except me. 😦

    The cendol place? No need for address or map lah – so famous, sure everyone knows it one…and beef noodles – you will have to wait till my post on it sometime next week… Best in the world. You eat that – none will be good enough for you, never mind Sibu kah, KL kah, Penang kah…all cannot fight one.

  15. I don’t really like the beef noodles too. I prefer the soup version compared to this (dislike the thick brown sauce). That said, I guess it is up to personal preference when it comes to food matters.

    Yup, give me the soup version anytime…

  16. It’s a shame the brown sauce wasn’t that good, it looks so rich and savory.

    Occasionally, my nine-year old daughter will ask to view Mr. Suituapui’s site. She’ll usually ask me to make something similar to what she sees here. I might make dumplings today, she loves those. When she was younger she called them ‘dum per lings’… lol. So cute… Yesterday I made her beef and chicken tacos which she loved. I forgot to take pictures, lol.

    I always enjoy reading your posts. You’re such a charming person, and must be a pleasure to be around since you are surrounded by loving friends. No way would they flock around a sourpuss, lol.

    I guess they can see through this old and grumpy old man – sometimes, the beauty lies within and not without. I am truly blessed that I have so many wonderful people as my friends. Oh? That’s nice – your daughter asking to see what’s in my blog. I really must think of some nice things to cook and share…but I’ve been out and about a lot lately so there wouldn’t be much of my own cooking for a while… 😦

  17. That is Seremban famous beef noodles , not sure the one I am having is it call Seremban , it’s call tangkak beef noodles , soup version, that is good and well known, I think I blog before on my trip to Melaka.

    CCK, Sibu cold storage??? How come I don’t know ? Hahahah

    Before we got kids, we and some friends will travel to Seremban at night and have crabs then come back, it is good and famous, ya you can call us crazy. Hhahah it is baked crabs or BBQ? I think .

    You don’t know CCK? Hah!!! You’ve been away too long… Ask you mum, I’m sure she knows the rich towkay.

    Had baked crabs in Kuching, very nice…but smallkucing said, don’t eat – not great. She had nice cheese crabs at King Crab, Kelana Jaya. She said want to eat, crabs better go for that one (but she also said other dishes there not nice – only the crabs).

    Dunno, heard of Tangkak beef noodles…dunno what it is like. I would go for the soup version anytime or kampua kosong plus the beef clear soup – not like this.

  18. Hi! Didn’t know you came to town! Would have loved to bring you to Klang for the KING of bak kut teh! As far as I know, you have not tried the Klang BKT yet, have you? I’ve got a new posting at my blog, check it out! Cheers!

    Just for the weekend. They invited me over for a get-together. Tight schedule, so didn’t have much time left to do much else or meet anybody. Will let you know when I’m going next time. Never been to Klang, a bit far and I’m just ok with bkt – but somebody did tell me that I will just have to go for that in Klang, other places not the same.

    1. Yes, it’s true, after you try Klang BKT, every other BKT in rest of the world seems bland. The best is only equal to 70% of Klang’s taste. Nothing comes close.

      That’s what every place will claim about their specialty. Hope to get the chance to try some day. 😉

    2. Yes, other places just not the same. After you have tried Klang’s BKT, other BKT becomes bland & the best ‘other’ BKT is only about 65% of the taste of Klang’s BKT. The truth is in the eating!

      That’s what somebody told me. So far, all that I have had here , there and everywhere have not been enough to keep me rushing back for more – just something I could KIV and have for a change sometimes….

      1. I’m not from Klang , actually from Ipoh, now working in KL but I still say Klang’s the best. I have tried BKT in PJ. KL, Ipoh, KK, JB, till fed up, not eating anymore BKT except Klang’s!

        Oh? Ipoh Mali!!! I know lots from Ipoh and Penang – hardly any KL or PJ originals…

  19. Aiyo… the food got that bad meh? Seremban is my hometown also, and I think the food there is really great (if u know where to look!)

    Not bad but let’s just say that if I were to go again, I would order something else to try. Maybe after all that I read in the blogs, I had my expectations up too high and was very disappointed – lots of stuff here a whole lot nicer, I’m afraid. Ya…maybe I did not go to the right places – same thing here – every shop selling kampua noodles and many of them aren’t great, not at all.

  20. The spots you stopped are my regular spots too. Strangely I have never written about them…must have been because I check them out every one month or so. LOL.

    You’re from Seremban too? Not too thrilled by what I had, unfortunately though…or perhaps I did not go to the right places? 😦

  21. wow looks like you’re on a feasting journey. I think they had to make the paint visible so that it will be easier for them to collect and recognise their own glasses. No need to squint their eyes to spot the paint.

    Or when the paint comes off during washing, there will always be some left. 😉

  22. ok.. I guess I need to do a day tour of Seremban… that Hakka mee looks really yummy…. and I am a huge fan of Seremban Siew Pao which I usually go to the huge Siew Pao Empire to buy. So a new Siew Pao for me to check out… 🙂

    My friend says Empire is over-rated and this place is better. I wouldn’t know as I’m not a fan of Seremban sio pao…and I did not bother to buy any. My favourite has got to be these – from Kai Joo Lane in Kuching: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/behind-closed-doors/ and I enjoyed these too: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/its-beginning-to-feel-a-lot-like-christmas/…from “mr siew bao” but not those so-called Seremban ones that I’ve had.

  23. I buy the Seremban Siew pau in SS2 and they are as nice as those in Seremban. Used to travel to Seremban every two months when I was a medical rep and never fail to eat the beef noodles and the Hakka mee there. There were VERY delicious 30 years back. What a shame that the quality of food has gone downhill.

    Dunno if they have gone downhill…or they’re not to my taste. Different people may have different opinions – like some things that I say aren’t nice, they would praise to the skies. That is why I always say – to each his own.

  24. U should hv got d famous fresh out of oven “kai tan chai” (mini egg cakes, similar to bahulu) frm Master Siew Pow, believe me it’s d best! Sweet & salty, crispy & soft~.~ However it’s best consumed straight after purchase as it’s not so nice once cooled. D siew pao & others are so-so nia

    Noted. Thanks for the info. I did not buy the siew pao though – somebody gave to me…and I had to heat them up before eating. I quite enjoyed them. I must say…but as with everything else, of course, it is better to eat on the spot – piping hot.

  25. I went to all these places that you went to in Seremban, Guess they are the tourist place.

    Not the sio pao one – my friend told me of the other one that was very famous but she said it was over-rated, not so nice. I loved the Hakka mee at Yit Poh, opposite the sio pao place, definitely a lot nicer than the stall above the market…or to me, at least.

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