A nice bowl of beef noodles, Seremban style (The Malaysian Insider)
By Eu Hooi Khaw
A delicious bowl of Seremban beef noodles... with everything in it
SEREMBAN, May 29 — Years ago I had a taste of the famous Seremban beef noodles at the Pasar Besar Seremban and wondered what the fuss was all about. The beef tasted dry and tough, the sauce thick and starchy. The smell and dirty surroundings of the market did not help matters.
I have since had a more pleasant experience in a pleasant, modern restaurant in the heart of Seremban. Yee Kee Seremban Beef Noodles has been around for about two years, though the history of the original restaurant in Temiang dates back to the 1930s when Poon Yee from Dai Dong Po Village in the county of Ding’an, Hainan, started it.
The beef balls are bouncy, just perfect
The village where he came from was famous for its beef noodles, and the recipe has been passed down through three generations. Pickled cabbage, fried peanuts, beef jerky and sesame are the prerequisite ingredients of these noodles, which is topped with a dark, slightly starchy sauce. You could also have them in soup.
We were there at 8am and the restaurant was already filling with people having breakfast. I ordered the noodles with everything in it — beef, tendon and tripe. The noodles are “lai fun” — firm and smooth — and there was of course the harm choy and peanuts, with the sauce to toss the noodles in. There was a subtle taste of spices like star anise in the tender beef; the sauce was thankfully not sweet. The tendons had been so well braised they practically melted in the mouth. I also liked the crunchy, spiky tripe in it.
We also ordered a bowl of beef balls. They did not disappoint — they were nicely bouncy.
The restaurant also serves some new-style noodle dishes like Bittergourd Chicken Noodles and Beetroot Chicken Noodles (if you can’t eat beef), Chicken Tomyam, Beef Tomyam and Seafood Noodles. Everything seemed to be priced at RM5.50.
You could also order a set of pulut rice with beef jerky, which together with ice lemon tea and guilingao is just RM10.80. There is Beef Ribs Rice and Beef Jerky Rice on the menu too, as well as Beef Spaghetti and Chicken Porridge too.
The shop serves very good Hainanese kopi-oh and I would have loved to stay longer but for a date with some handsome Boer goats in a farm in Jempol.
Glorious Indian apam at Bidara Restaurant across the road from Yee Kee... a must-try.
Still, our instincts guided us across the road where we spotted a man making Indian apam at the Bidara Restaurant. These were superb apam, with a thick moist centre and crispy edges. We simply had to pack some to eat on the bus. If you are fond of Indian sweets, here is also the place to get them.
We came back to have dinner in Seremban at the Empayar Seremban Siew Pow, which has a cavernous restaurant inside where they feed hordes of tourists at a very low price. We paid just RM12 each (in a table of 10) for a meal of rice with seven dishes, prawns and fish included. It was pretty decent food.
Tourists also come here to buy the siew pow, pineapple tarts, Portuguese egg tarts and even the Penang-style Tambun biscuits, among other things.
Yee Kee Seremban Beef Noodles is located at 32 Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee, 70000 Seremban, Tel: 06-763-2069, 012-698-7315 (Ivan Lau). It is open from 9am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday, and 8.30am to 6pm on Sunday.
Empayar Siew Pow is located at LG1-57 Tingkat Bawah Tanah, Pasar Besar Negeri Sembilan, Jalan Besar TBK 4, Taman Bukit Kepayang. Tel: 06-601-6308.
Yee Kee is clean and well-lit... a far cry from my first dingy introduction to Seremban beef noodles in the market.
Metzelder says: I personally have not try Yee Kee beef noodles before, but Sin Yee Kee at Pasar Seremban is not bad choice for me.
A bowl of that beef noodles will fetch you around RM5 and my mum more prefer Soong Kee at Petaling Street.