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Monday, January 5, 2009

Seremban & Melaka - Of Missed Chances, And Everything Porky ...

Here are my other posts on Melaka's food :
Muahaha ... I'm back on track, after starting the day off with a dreadful mood, and grumpy mind. I've been skipping work since Xmas. With all four limbs stifled, and brains rusted, 2008 zoomed out in a flash. Of lights, a sea of humanity, artificial snow spray, 5 mins of fireworks, and horrendous jostle at the station. Man, Malaysians CAN be rather ruthless/rowdy at times !!!
Anyway, let's rewind a few days before the craze, and recount on a short trip down south. While on the way to Melaka, we stopped by Seremban for brunch, having heard much about the famed beef noodles, siew pow, etc.

Yup, located right above the wet market of Seremban .... oooh, this is gonna be GOOD!
Exiting Seremban toll, my vague memory had recollection of passing by Seremban town (which was congested, no thanks to the year-end rush and festivities), the Seremban main bus station, and some random malls. Just follow the road (Jln Sungai Ujong) to Seremban town, and turn left into Jalan Tuanku Munawir, once you reach Terminal 1 Shopping Centre on your left. Then from there, go straight along Jln Tuanku Munawir, until nearly the end, when you'll see the PASAR BESAR SEREMBAN on your right.
All good? OK, let's go. :)
The grand daddy of all disappointment. =(
They close on Tuesdays. A very expensive lesson to be learnt. OK, not exactly $$$, but in terms of expectations, hopes, and unappeased hunger pangs. Now you know .....

Location : 748 Seremban Beef Noodles @ Pasar Besar Seremban, Jalan Pasar, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. Thankfully .... GOT MAP !!!
Then off we went for another famous Hakka noodle stall somewhere along Jalan Yam Tuan, if I'm not mistaken. ALSO closed. Geez ... does anyone still do business here?!!
But I kept my cool, and off we went for the last resort. And what's a trip to Seremban without a taste of their signature snacks, the Seremban Siew Pow (Baked crispy bun with BBQ pork filling)? There are a few in Seremban town, and one VERY obvious mega-structure of an outlet named EMPAYAR, sighted along the highway. But we chose a rather obscure one along Jalan Rasah, simply named Warong Seremban Siew Pow.

A bakery-like shop right before the entrance to Kampung Baru Rasah .... ask the locals if you're lost.
A confectionery easily missed, had it not been the rather faded signboard, and good directions from a guide. Other than their famed Siew Pow, the outlet sells various snacks as well, from pineapple rolls to curry chicken pow (also crispy crusted), etc.


The Siew Pow of course, was noteworthy, best eaten when fresh from the oven. I can't really differentiate between bad, good and great version, mainly growing up with Siew Pow from Ipoh, from stalls also dubbed 'Seremban Siew Pow'. But the Salted Egg Cookie (Ham Dan Sou) was rather tasty, akin to Shanghai Mooncake. The Curry Chicken filling one is best avoided though. Nothing spectacular. Oh, and one can choose between pork or chicken filling for the original Siew Pow. But go for pork, I'd say.
Siew Pow at RM1.2o per pc, Salted Egg Cookie at RM1.50 per pc.
Location : Warong Seremban Siew Pow @ 1607, Jalan Rasah, 70300, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. Sorry, NO MAP. =P


The place in Melaka for good cuts of roasted meats ... @ Jalan Bunga Raya
Then we proceeded to Melaka for lunch. Yeah, stomach still grumbling from all the missed opportunities, we reached Melaka town. Traffic was daunting, probably owing to the festive crowd and tourists like us. Last minute recommendation from Jason brought us over to Jalan Bunga Raya, a congested one way street. Come to think about it, which road in Melaka is TWO-ways, anyway? ;)

You can even opt to sit directly in front of the people manning the stall, and chopping away. Make sure your finger's not in the way though ...

Situated at a lane connecting Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Bendahara, the Medan Makan Bunga Raya houses a few stalls selling almost the same food, from roasted pork (Siew Yoke) to BBQ Pork (Char Siew), and various other side dishes. The 1st stall has the most customers, hence natural instincts took over, and we were seated at a table next to the stall. Somehow, we felt like school students ....


Siew Yoke Rice @ RM3.50


Char Siew and Siew Cheong (Pork Innards Sausage) Rice @ RM3.50

A glass of fresh sugar cane juice (RM1.20) to wash away the slime, grime, and grease. Not overly-fattening, the Char Siew was rather good, with those burnt edges for that kick. Nothing special about the Siew Yoke and Siew Cheong though. And white rice was served, instead of oil rice.
A stroll down memory lane indeed .... If you can forgive the downright annoying traffic, smogs and hazards along the way. More to come ....

22 comments:

Duckie said...

traffic is always a put off, especially when going to a special place for makan

Little Inbox said...

Want to makan also need to do some work ma, this is so called sacrifice, haha...

Precious Pea said...

Oh dear..you missed the Seremban beef noodle?? I tried it once..nice nice nice!I love their beef with radish in soup. Never mind la..another excuse to go again.

Ah Lock said...

char siew looks tempting...the burnt part may have a punch, but I usually bite them off. Can't risk getting an overdose of carcinogen down my throat to my tummy. (A few loved ones have said 'sayonara' due to cancer).

backStreetGluttons said...

We would have loved this kind of outstation trip where the early day's failed expectations would have provided fodder for the long night's smirks & laughters and even tasteless food and lousy service ( most of the time ) will be forgiven over some jugs ( n wo...). Seremban is a bit on the boring side with no cutting edge dishes & good olde Melaka has lost much of its fabled lure tho those days the Portugese Village had some intriguing moments & the old Chinatown antiques , priceless

SimpleGirl said...

The Char Siew and Siew Yoke looks really great!!

J2Kfm said...

Duckie : yeahloh. but i;m willing to bear the consequences. =P since not in a rush anyway.,

Little Inbox : so true. but here in peaceful Ipoh, going for makan is a tad easier.

Precious Pea : rubbing salt into wounds?!!! :( hahaha ... but realise seremban is rather near to KL. got chance one ...

Ah Lock : oh ic. hmm, partly true. then how bout satay? unless really really charred, i wont bite the crisp edges though.

BSG : yup, the seafood over at Port Settlement is good, and cheap. it was in fact, my virginal visit to Seremban town. and the town's OK, not exactly as kampung as I initially thought.

Simple Girl : the siew yoke at Sun Yeong Wai of Ipoh's better though. the Ipoh Jaya one.

Tummythoz said...

Don't think your actual meals made up for the missed ones huh. Nvm. The year just started.

vkeong said...

do blog more about Seremban food, the only thing I know is famous there is Seremban siu bao and beef noodle lol.

Selba said...

the siew pow looks really good.. must be really crunchy and tasty and... whoa.. the price is cheap!

Life for Beginners said...

Hehe, I was off work since Xmas eve too.... so susah to get back on track.

But u visited Melaka? Should have told me, I was back there cos it was my hometown for a bit. Could have shown u around. Maybe next time. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

if i m seated infront of the fellow..i will be continously asking him to cut more for my plate!

New Kid on the Blog said...

bad to see this during midnite or hunger.... but ok to have your lunch bento or lunch box with you... at least something to replace. :)

worldwindows said...

Expectations dashed makes the heart sick! The beef noodles there is good.

allenooi said...

oh... seremban..... ho chiak previously has receommended some good place for food in their episodes. i never went there before. my friend stayed there, maybe can go visit her one day and ask her to bring me for all the good food. :)

J2Kfm said...

Tummythoz : hehe, I've had a binge session over in Melaka. over 2 days.

vkeong : oh sadly, that was my only stop in Seremban. we crossed over to Melaka ASAP. hahaha. maybe next trip. din realise KL-Seremban so near one.

Selba : yup. even Ipoh's Siew Pau more exp than that, if I'm not mistaken.

Life for Beginners : your hometown ah? aiya, I din know lah. could;ve asked you to be food tour guide. =P but there's alwiz another trip.

Joe : LOL. craazy idea, but oh-so-true. i think the guy wont mind one bit.

NKOTB : yup, our immediate caloric replacement = the Siew Pau.

worldwindows : ouch. I dun need another reminder. :( hehe ... but i'll be there again NOT on a Tuesday!

allenooi : yeah, I'm syre your friend can recommend some gems, unknown to outsiders.

jason said...

OMG, the Jln Bunga Raya I refer to is the backlane at night where stalls will be put up! Go search in WMW's blog.

But poor thing, the beef noodle was closed. Haha.

thenomadGourmand said...

another makan trip? ;p
too bad u missed Seremban good eats..but hey..its near enough to KL. Can do half day trip..

J2Kfm said...

jason : aiya, last minute, din realise your instructions ma. hehe, nvm nvm. can go again. and the beef noodles is within my grasp. muahaha ...

thenomadGourmand : yeah. but problem is, I'm in Ipoh. permanently. =P

mimid3vils said...

i day is definitely not enough to try sll good food @ Malacca hor..

J2Kfm said...

mimid3vils : yeah, I'd say 2 days, at least. to reduce over-saturation .... gut-wise. =P

Lushia said...

Hey.. there is another stall at this lane, operating at night selling fried oyster, a famous stall. One will need to wait for more than an hour to be serve! Probably you might be interested during your next trip :) And the Wan Tan Mee shop next to it too!