It goes without saying that every state in Malaysia has its own local food specialty. The same can be said with Seremban, which is around 67 km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. So, here are 8 Local Food You Should Try In Seremban, all listed in alphabetical order.
1) Baked Crab
Depending on the restaurants, Seremban’s versions of baked crabs are either baked, grilled or a combination of both. But whichever it is, these baked crabs are freshly prepared with a sauce (e.g. marmite) coated on the shell.
Where to eat: (Seremban Seafood Village) 3720-3724, Jalan Tuanku Munawir, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan | (Restoran Sin Yit Sing) 103, Jalan Labu Lama, Taman Ast, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
2) Beef Noodles
Whether you are looking for soup or dry versions, Seremban has a few places that serve great-tasting beef noodles. Dry versions are typically loaded with thick gravy and beefy goodness of lean meat, tendon and tripe as well as preserved vegetables and roasted peanuts. Those who prefer the soup variety can look forward to their beef-infused broth that has been simmered for long hours — all complemented with lai fun (thick Chinese noodles), beef and chopped spring onions.
Where to eat: (Yee Kee Beef Noodles) 44, Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan & 181, Jalan S2 B22, Pusat Dagangan Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan | (Quinn Seremban Beef Noodles) 108, Jalan Toman 6, Kemayan Square, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan | (Pasar Besar Seremban) Stall No 748, Jalan Tuanku Munawir, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Ask any Seremban folks about the best cendol in town and most of them would point to Haji Shariff Cendol. This legendary cendol restaurant offers a wide variety of creamy sweet cendol such as Cendol Pulut (glutinous rice), Cendol Kacang (red beans) and Cendol Jagung (sweet corn). And like any good bowl of cendol should be, no artificial colourings are added in the ingredients whatsoever. Keep in mind the restaurant closes every Friday.
Where to eat: (Haji Shariff Cendol) 44, Jalan Yam Tuan, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
4) Curry Chicken Bun
Some of you might be wondering: what’s the big deal about ordinary baked goods such as a curry chicken bun? Well, there’s a particular restaurant in Seremban that serves the famous curry buns. Not just your average curry bun but a freshly-baked, fragrant big bun loaded with chicken curry goodness, potatoes and assorted spices. And given the size of the bun, it’s meant for sharing!
Where to eat: (Lucky King Bun) 28 & 29, Jalan MPK6, Medan Perdagangan, Lebuhraya Seremban-Bukit Nenas, Taman Bukit Kepayang, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
5) Curry Mee
Thick curry, curry chicken, minced meat, hard-boiled egg, tofu pok (tofu puff) — this is what you get for a bowl of curry mee. Particularly the one served in the famous Restoran Asia Laksa. You can opt for yellow noodles, beehoon or both to go along with your curry mee dish.
Where to eat: (Restoran Asia Laksa) 341, Jalan Berlian, Taman Senawang Jaya, 70450 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
6) Hakka Mee
Seremban’s version of Hakka mee (noodles) is nothing more than a simple, comfort dish. It basically consists of springy flat noodles, minced meat, chopped spring onions, sesame oil and light sauce. Perhaps the beauty of simplicity can really speak a thousand words even if it’s a simple meal like Hakka mee.
Where to eat: (Tow Kee Hakka Mee) No 810, Pasar Besar, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
7) Mee Hoon Sotong
While economical breakfast dishes like fried mee hoon is a common sight, this particular Seremban version of mee hoon (rice vermicelli) comes with a unique seafood twist. And that twist in question is added slices of sotong (cuttlefish) along with braised pork and abalone-flavoured gravy coated all over the rice vermicelli.
Where to eat: (Hiong Kee Mee Hoon Sotong) Stall 753, Jalan Pasar, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
8) Seremban Siew Pau
Mention the word “Seremban” and most people would associate the capital city of Negeri Sembilan with siew pau a.k.a. baked bun. It usually consists of juicy meat filling on the inside, notably BBQ pork (char siew) with a crispy pastry exterior. While you can easily find them in most places in Klang Valley alone, the best siew pau is still where it came from. Best eaten when it’s still hot and crunchy to the bite!
Where to eat: (Kedai Siew Pau Asia) 368, Jalan Seng Meng Lee, Taman Unian, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan | (Empayar Seremban Siew Pow) Lower Ground, LG1-57, Jalan Besar TBK 4, Pasar Besar, Taman Bukit Kepayang, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan