Thursday, 29 May 2014
Famous Seremban Beef Noodles at Pasar Besar Seremban
I have long wanted to visit this legendary beef noodle 牛腩面 stall at Pasar Besar Seremban.
I was so excited.
The moment I spotted the stall, I dashed up to the boss and ordered a bowl of beef noodles immediately. Then, I suddenly realised that my bladder was still full from the long drive from Johor Bahru. After I placed my order, I asked the boss, where is the toilet.
After giving me directions to the toilet which is some distance away, the boss told me that he will make the noodles only after I returned from the toilet.
"Beef noodle is best eaten when it is hot", the boss said.
How's that for outstanding service for an out-of-town stranger?
Here's my RM7 bowl of the famous Seremban beef noodles, finally.
The pearly white rice noodles (lai fun) slick and dyed brownish by the gooey beefy sauce.
The noodles were invitingly slurpy.
The beefy aroma pulled our noses down towards the bowl. Bowing our heads willingly.
The lai fun was tender with a slight bounce. The sticky sauce was savoury and just mildly beefy.
There was a good mix of textures in the bowl from the tender spring of the lai fun, to the soft beef slices to the slightly chewy beef jerky and the crunchy peanuts and pickled cabbage.
I especially love this homemade beef jerky in Mr. Chong's beef noodles. It's like beef rendang. Tenderly chewy beef slices deeply infused with spice perfume fragrance released with each chew.
Curious about what we were doing, firing more shots at the noodles per minute than a bride on her wedding day, conferring intensely with noodles in our mouths, and furiously writing down copious notes instead of just enjoying his beef noodles like other customers, the boss joined us to chat.
The boss, Mr. Chong, a Hakka is the second generation owner. Mr. Chong's father-in-law who started this stall over 60 years ago is Hainanese, and this is traditional Hainanese style beef noodles.
Everything at this stall is made from scratch from raw ingredients. Since Mr. Chong's father-in-law's time, the rice noodles (lai fun) are homemade without preservatives.
Mr. Chong brought this bowl of radish and beef soup for us to try.
Over a warm bowl of old school beef soup, Mr. Chong was beaming proudly as he shared with us his acting role in Malaysia's highest grossing movie The Journey (一路有你).
We shared his joy and were so happy for him :D
Seremban Beef Noodles is now in the safe hands of the third generation, the young handsome Mr. Chong, Ah Kang 亚康.
Mr. Chong explaining the best cut of beef for Hainanese style beef noodle, the flank 牛腩.
The beef noodles before the gooey beefy sauce was poured in. Noodles topped with fried peanuts, braised beef spices, beef jerky slices, and chopped pickled cabbage.
Laying on that signature thick blanket of gooey beefy sauce.
Stole this picture of another customer's beef noodles - the soup version. Here we can see the tender beef slices, crunchy pickled cabbage and chopped scallions more clearly.
The other beef noodle stall in the same food centre, stall number 742 has it's own loyal following and I shall be trying that on my next Seremban trip :D
Restaurant name: Seremban Beef Noodles
Address: Stall No. 748, Pasar Besar Seremban, off Jalan Dr Tun Ismail, Seremban, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia
Hours: 7.30am to 3.00pm (Closed on Tuesdays.)
Date visited: 26 May 2014
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