He’s in town…

Yes, I was in town and this was, in fact, the second time around.

Well, on our second day in the peninsula, my friend, Mandy, came early in the morning to fetch us at the hotel…and we dropped Melissa off at the venue for the convocation as she had to be present at the briefing and rehearsal. Left to our own devices, we headed to Nilai but we were kind of early in the morning and only a few textile shops were open. We did stop to browse around but we did not buy anything. After that, we decided to proceed to Seremban as my missus had never been there before.

I did not want to stop by the market anymore as I did that the first time around and unfortunately, I did not really like the food there despite the fact that I had read some blogs where they praised some of the stuff there to the skies. This time around, I insisted on going here instead…


I had seen it on my previous visit but I was already too full at the time so I could not possibly go there then to try any of what they had in store.

Even before we had eaten anything, my missus had already made up her mind that she liked the place as she loved the complimentary sambal which was very very spicy hot…

YP - dips

…and exactly the way she would love it.

Mandy had the specialty of the house…


…the lou su fan but somehow, theirs were different. Usually, this type of noodles would be short like cendol but the ones here were long like any other kind of noodles.

I had the same but with kway teow


…while my missus ordered the Hakka mee


I did not really like my kway teow and we found Mandy’s order to be somewhat better but my missus’ Hakka mee was the nicest, full of the fragrance of the lard used…and definitely better than what I had at the market the last time around.

Mandy also ordered these…

YP - add-ons

…and some fried wantons and they were all pretty good.

After that, we went over to the bun and pastry place opposite, right across the road. Hmmmm…it seemed that they had a letter of commendation from tripadvisor

TA letter

I did buy a few things from there on my previous visit but I could not really recall anything that was so nice that I would want to buy some more and take back all the way home.

This time around, I bought some of their celebrated Seremban siew pao


…which, in my honest opinion, were just so-so…


The filling was a lot nicer than what I had a long time ago when these baked buns first made the scene and were a craze nationwide (it was like meat floss/serunding then) but the pastry was hard and crusty – I would prefer something crumbly like those meat pastries from this shop along Kai Joo Lane in Kuching.

We also bought some of these ham (or luncheon meat rather) and sour cream buns…

S - H&SC buns

…and they had bits of sausage in these…

S - S&SC buns

They were all right but personally, I feel the ones from Siao Pao Wang (Small Bun King) at the end of Padungan in Kuching (near the cat statue) were nicer and in fact, we can get some good ones at one place in Sibu as well.

Incidentally, before we left the place, I saw this guy dropping by…

Mobile vendor

…probably to replenish his stock. For one thing, I don’t think we can get to see anyone doing this on a motorcycle in our part of the country…and for another, if I’m not mistaken, in the past, these vendors would usually be Indian. This one’s obviously Chinese…and I must say he’re really well-dressed – anytime better than me when I was a teacher. LOL!!!

After that, we went back to Putrajaya to get Melissa before heading back to the hotel. Mandy wasn’t all that free actually as she had just returned from Korea the day before and would be flying to Sibu (What a coincidence!) the next day on a business trip and we certainly did not wish to impose on her.

Thanks so much, Mandy, for your help and for everything, We really enjoyed that day’s outing with you, my missus and I…and thanks also for these souvenirs from Korea and the tambun biscuits from Penang…

From Mandy

Truly, you’re a gem!

Author: suituapui

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38 thoughts on “He’s in town…”

  1. ohhh didn’t know there’s good food at Nilai, must pay Kikilala a visit jor! since she’s staying near sepang!

    you’re always surrounded by good friends. ahem! 😛

    It was in Seremban, Ant…not Nilai. Mandy says they only have Malay makan places in Nilai. I wouldn’t know – all not open when we drove in and out of town except for a few textile shops.

  2. Love the hakka mee at Yipoh! Been there a few times after our Sunday drives.

    Yes, it was nice…and the place was very crowded. So popular.

    Come, come…come and try Sibu kampua and you can make a comparison. 😉

  3. well as for the food which i enjoy the most here, it was as always looks great!
    but i guess second dish looks best!
    as for that guy, where is he suppose to sit there haha, his bike was too crowded
    that could be dangerous for him too

    Ya, I bet it’s very dangerous…but that has been a feature in the life there since time immemorial – the Indian roti man.

  4. i’ve actually only been to seremban once in my life, back when i was a teenager, even though it’s probably only an hour’s drive from my home in kl now. anyways, the hakka mee looks nice, pretty meaty 😀

    Gosh! So near yet so far…and you have to drive past everytime you go back to Malacca…or from home to KL.

  5. Look at the froggy charm. It’s cute!!

    Ooooo…you’re just like my daughter. Her favourite! She loves cute froggies anything. LOL!!! 😀

    1. Oh..didn’t know Melissa love froggie. Will take note on that. 🙂 Next time i see any cute froggie will get for her.

      Green ones, her favourite colour too.

  6. ahh too bad i wasn’t home uncle arthur!!!! would also love to show you and your family around

    No worries. There’ll be other times, I’m sure…

  7. All the noodle dishes look good to me. I don’t really like the Seremban char siew pao, perhaps the ones I ate over here are the watered down version. But I did have one particular char siew pao at a wedding in Lukut (small town in Negeri Sembilan). The bun is like the normal pau bun but it was deep fried. Crusty on the outside but soft on the inside. That came after the main dishes and I whacked 2 and there were so many leftover at our table. If I were thick skin, I would ask to tapao home hee..hee… 🙂

    Deep fried paos? I was scolded by the old woman selling those at the pasar malam here once. My cousin wanted to buy but I told him not to as they would be the previous days’ leftovers. She heard me and was furious and said that she did not have enough to sell every night, where got leftover to fry…bla…bla…bla… LOL!!! 😀

    Mr.siew bao’s are much nicer…but very small.
    The best would be the Kuching Kai Joo Lane ones, second to none.

  8. I hope to go to that Yi Poh one day.. Yi Poh is actually IPOH… (cantonese translation).. The food looks great too! Yes, agree with you, Mandy is a gem! It has been some time since I last saw her… hope she singgah to IPOH soon.. 🙂

    Oh? The same kah? I though it means grand-maternal auntie…

    1. Sounds like Ipoh, looks like Ipoh but certainly it’s not Ipoh

      怡, yí *harmony; pleasure, joy; be glad* pinyin

      保 bǎo *protect, safeguard, defend, care* pinyin

      Same sound only but different meaning altogether, like STP said some close relative

      Ya…Mandy did translate for me…and she did not say it was Ipoh.

  9. All looks pretty good but still Hakka mee is my first choice. Don’t forget I am a noodle person. Any type of noodles I am in. Agree that Kai Joo lane siew pao is so much nicer than the Seremban ones.

    See! I am always right, am I not? Hehehehehehe!!!!!

  10. yup, I been to yi poh several times. The noodles are great and once you’re done, can go opposite to buy siew pau.

    That was exactly what we did.

  11. Phew…..luckily you did not comment that the lou shu fun taste bad ^_^
    I rmbr buying bread from those vendors during my school days. I’ll usually wait at home. And he’ll come around 4pm. Hmm….in Seremban, there are quite many of these vendors are Chinese. Ya…some of them do dress smartly.

    Why? Cannot say bad kah? LOL!!! It was ok, nicer than the kway teow but the Hakka mee was the best.

    1. Not cannot say bad…I thot you were gonna say taste bad…. :-p

      No lah, nice. The kway teow version, not really. The sauce not so compatible with kway teow, it seemed.

  12. that’s lo shu fun?? looking at the shape and texture, it seems more like lai fun to me, you know?? those used in asam laksa?? and oh, those are not seremban char siew pau but simply seremban siew pau we call it, it means “baked buns”…

    Ok, ok…corrected liao! I keep forgetting as here, we call them sio pao (Hokkien) and char sio pao would be the steamed ones with char sio/siew filling. The filling would be the same – both types but not the Kai Joo Lane ones in Kuching – theirs very special, very nice but the meat is char sio/siew. Ya…that did cross my mind – they certainly looked and tasted like the noodles in Penang assam laksa.

  13. Yi Poh restaurant, sounds so cute! haha xD

    The lou shee fan is so special, looks mouth watering to me.

    The Hakka mee was nicer.

  14. oh yeah, it stirred up the whole nation back in mid 1990s and everyone was crazy for this siew pau.. and then the “trend” was followed by the portuguese egg tart i can still remember.. and now what’s the hip food we see out there?? probably the taiwanese bubble milk tea which probably are avoided now due to the toxic starch they use?? hehehe~~

    There were the mille crepes, the macarons, the Hokkaido cup cakes…and now the burgers!

    1. with trends come business sprouting all over to ride on the craze then after everyone bored already, business bungkus. 😛

      Chatime no queue already nowadays.

      Never liked those Taiwan desserts right from the start. Tried once, never again…thank you very much! 😦

  15. You’re right, the lou shu fun didn’t look like lou shu fun.. more like the laksa noodles, yes? But I certainly think the hakka mee looked the best! it’s a shame that the siew pao didn’t live up to standards.. I thought seremban is famous for them! 🙂

    Yes, the Hakka mee was the best. Ya, the siew pao, I think, is over-rated.

  16. i hope it’s not too late to wish you selamat hari gawai! and happy holidays. 🙂 looks very yum

    Gawai’s over but school hols till end of this week. We certainly had a great one in KL – more posts coming up…more yum yum!

  17. Lou Su Fan! Oily tak? it seems a bit oily though

    Not to me. So scared, no need to eat lor… It’s as simple as that.

  18. Have heard of this place. Never makan there before but at least more comfortable that pasar. Would love to try the hakka mee.

    That, I certainly would agree. Next time I stay at the airport hotel, we can come here? Hehehehehe!!!!

  19. Before i read ur comment, look at the picture, i already want to have Hakka mee. Yum Yum!!

    So sweet of Mandy, havent met her before.

    You haven’t? She didn’t pass the things from NZ to you that time? Guess she passed them to Kathy who passed them to you. Oh, she is so nice, so sweet…such a wonderful and generous friend…just like you. Hmmm…must get you two to meet one of these days.

  20. Delicious siew pau!
    Haven’t had it for quite some time already!

    You should try the Kuching ones sometime – a whole lot nicer…and we have here too – nicer as well but unfortunately, they lose out to those in Kuching.

  21. oooh! Yummy noodles. I never fancy lao su fan, but I wouldn’t mind trying a bowl of yours. lol!

    very cute buns there. I still think the Kuching siew pau is nicer. Nice crust and great filling, not too sweet and not too salty. :0

    Yup!!! I’d second that motion! Actually, if you know where to go to get them, Kuching nyonya kuehs are very much nicer too.

  22. I have to start contributing to tripadvisor too it seems, as i think it has reached a status where everyone welcomes it. I have seen a few other eateries displaying tripadvisor “certs” on their walls as well.

    Can’t be trusted. Most of these places aren’t really as great. Have had a few disappointments and this one isn’t all that good either.

  23. Mama Carrie said the same thing about the Seremban siew pao too. =(

    Hakka mee? Haven’t heard of it, unfortunately.

    I just saw loh shu fun on someone’s menu a couple of days before(, asked my Mom if I can call it rat’s noodle,) and it looks like it will slide down my throat with ease. =D

    Ya, what a name to call the noodle. I think in Malay, it’s rat’s tail… Eyewwwww!!!!

  24. The lou su fan looked like Japanese udon noodle?! The toppings for the 3 noodles were all the same?

    Ya, one size fits all, it seems…and most compatible with the mee poh in the Hakka noodles. Indeed, they do look like udon noodles when they’re not made short and thinning at the ends like cendol.

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