When people plan trips, it’s always to places the likes of Sydney, Singapore, or Penang. But not a lot of people think of Seremban, in fact, it’s mostly overlooked by travelers. Seremban is the capital state of Negeri Sembilan on the Malaysian peninsula, and it’s more or less 60 km away from Melaka and Kuala Lumpur where most travelers usually go to. Seremban has seldom been considered a tourist attraction, but it does offer something everyone can definitely enjoy: food. The restaurants and hawker stalls in Seremban serve some of the most delicious local made dishes that will surely make your tummy rumble for more. Here are some of the best places to start munching in Seremban.
Kedai Siew Pau Asia
Siew Pau is a bun filled with barbecued pork, and it’s a staple delicacy in Seremban. A lot of shops serve the Siew Pau but they only differ in the way that they cook their pastry because some prefer crisper pastry while others don’t. The Kedai Siew Pau Asia is one of the shops that sell siew pau. Even as you walk in the streets where the shop is you can already smell the butter and pastry being baked. Other than siew pau, they also sell egg tarts which is one of their bestsellers, cheese tarts, cakes, buns, and breads. This is definitely a one-stop shop of baked goodness.
Laksa is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisines. It has rice noodles with chicken or seafood served in spicy soup with a base of spicy curry coconut milk or asam (tamarind). Restoran Asia serves the best laksa in Seremban, the lady boss who has been working there since 1964 makes sure of it. The curry soup is very fragant and not greasy, you can even ask them to lessen the spiciness of the soup if you’re not fond of heat. They put curry coconut milk gravy on top of the laksa which gives it that creamy texture and spices that give it that kick of heat. The laksa in Restoran Asia is definitely a dance with aroma and flavours.
Keong Kee Recipe
If you’re in the mood for really good noodles (and really, who isn’t), you must try the Wantan Mee at Keong Kee Recipe. It’s a Cantonese noodle dish which is served either in soup or just dry; and it comes with vegetables, roast pork, and wantan (dumplings). The great thing about Keong Kee Recipe is that the owner himself prepares the dishes served in their restaurant, so you’re sure that there are no preservatives in the food. You can also try their wantan mee with curry soup and chicken feet in herbal soup.
Haji Shariff Cendol
Cendol refers to a green rice flour jelly that is included in this unique treat. The cendol dessert includes the jelly noodles made from rice flour with green colouring usually derived from pandan leaves, palm sugar, coconut milk, shaved ice, red beans, glutinous rice, and creamed corn. In Seremban, the go-to place to get cendol is the Haji Shariff Cendol, an establishment who has been serving this special dessert since the 1930’s. They started as a push cart, now they have a large corner shop you can easily find.
You know what else is missing in this amazing food trip? A place where you can rest after a full day of eating. If we’re talking full comfort and relaxation, then there’s definitely no place like The Royale Bintang Resort & Spa Seremban. They also offer sumptuous dishes in 6 of their restaurants, all offering different kinds of cuisines and desserts. But more importantly, the hotel accommodations provide the guest a place where they can just kick off their shoes.
So the next time you’re planning to go on holiday, make sure to pass by Seremban and have a food escapade of a lifetime.