You know, few people would dispute that Tow Kee 滔记 in Seremban is the best Hakka mee there is in Malaysia. When the two Tow Kee outlets closed temporarily early this year, we asked Seremban locals where else do they get their Hakka mee fix. Many of them pointed us to a little no name stall in Xin Shi Ji Court coffee shop.
We had no trouble looking for this little stall. Xin Shi Ji Court coffee shop is at the same road junction where the famous Asia siew pau and Yi Poh lou shu fun are located.
Stall holder Ah Kong was a food stall helper and opened his own stall only two years ago.
Ah Kong's Hakka mee. Mound of narrow, flat noodles set on a pool of lard laced sauce and topped with minced pork and spring onion.
The al dente springy noodles were slurpy wet with a layered savoury sauce with lard. It was complemented by savoury-sweetness from the minced pork and a fresh green taste from the chopped scallion.
It reminded us of Tow Kee's iconic Hakka mee, perhaps just half a notch from the Seremban favourite.
Then, Ah Kong suggested that we also try his mee hoon kueh. We agreed readily as we are mee hoon kueh fans.
Ah Kong's mee hoon kueh soup is clear, light and have a nice delicate savoury sweet pork bone and soy bean flavour. Ah Kong told us that he uses no MSG.
I give my heart to any mee hoon kueh stall that still uses sayur manis. Sayur manis has to be hand plucked leaf by leaf, so most stalls now substitute sayur manis with choy sum or some other greens. But, MHK without sayur manis is just not the same. Bravo to Ah Kong for upholding tradition.
But, the most impressive thing about Ah Kong's MHK is his hand made kueh.
Ah Kong's hand torn kueh have a nice delicate savoury-sweetness. And, they have a lovely tender chewiness that is additive to me 😃 We like it so much that we started to look for excuses to have more of the kueh 😂
Like, "Boss, do you do mee hoon kueh with Hakka mee sauce?"
Yes, replied the obliging boss.
Ah, it's the best of both Hokkien and Hakka worlds.
The tenderly chewy kueh enveloped with savoury Hakka sauce and lard layered with sweetness from the fresh minced pork.
We like Ah Kong's kueh so much that we ordered another dish - pan mee to try.
Ah Kong said "No lah... you had too much food already..." But, we persuaded the boss.... that we would not be passing this way again soon and really love his food.
So, Ah Kong almost reluctantly made us a bowl of pan mee with dark sauce.
The dark sauce typical of mee hoon kueh and pan mee... was quite good and the made-on-order pan mee is so tenderly chewy marvellous. So.... satisfying.
4-Star (out of 5). I like taking a break in Seremban when driving from KL to JB (it's the 1-hour mark of the 3+ hour drive). If you like Hakka mee, Ah Kong's stall in Xin Shi Ji Court coffee shop is worth a visit. I would love to taste his tenderly chewy mee hoon kueh with savoury Hakka mee sauce again.
Restaurant name: Hakka mee stall in Restoran Xin Shi Ji Court 新世紀餐館
Address: 23, Jalan Seng Meng Lee, Taman Unian, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
GPS: 2°44'02.6"N 101°56'25.1"E | 2.734066, 101.940314
Hours: 7:30am to 2:00pm (Tues and Saturday off)
Date visited: 17 Feb 2017