The image of Seremban as an industrial area sometimes makes us forget that its distinctive local delicacies are still something to write home about. Whether you’re making a trip or merely passing by the town, it is worthwhile to stop by for a delightful treat of some of the best Seremban food. The best thing is the relatively lower price! You don’t have to break the bank for a rewarding tamciak trip.

SIEW PAU (BAKED BUN)

At the mention of Seremban, people will immediately think of siew pau or baked buns. Siew Pau is often seen as the national food of Seremban. It is not a surprise though because you can find tons of siew pau shops at every corner of the city. The snack has a flaky pastry exterior that hides juicy sweet roast pork inside.

Ask for the best siew pau around, and most locals will direct to Asia Siew Pau, a simple, unadorned bakery. They make their siew paus all day, so you are guaranteed to get freshly baked siew pau straight out from the oven. Eat the siew pau on the spot while it’s still hot! You don’t want to miss the buttery crust crumbling in your mouth with the moist warm fillings bursting in flavours upon the first bite.

Where to Try

Kedai Siew Pau Asia

Address: 368, Jalan Seng Meng Lee, Taman Union, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.734186, 101.940292

Operating Hours:

Daily 7.00am – 6.30pm.

BAKED CRAB

Another famous dish in this city is the signature baked crab, best had over dinner. Although the name is “baked crab”, there is no rigid rule whether the crab is supposed to be baked or grilled. Some outlets only bake, some only grill, while others do both. A few places also stir fry it in the light marmite sauce. Whatever the methods are, the star of the dish is definitely the marmite sauce, giving a light touch of umami while not overpowering the natural sweetness of the crab.

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Where to Try

Restaurant Sin Yit Sing

Address: 103, Jalan Labu Lama, Taman A.S.T, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.725266, 101.930314

Operating hour: 5.00pm – 11.30pm. Closed on Thursday.

Where to Try

Seremban Seafood Village

Address: 720-3724, Jalan Tuanku Munawir, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.733069, 101.934343

Operating hour:

Monday to Saturday 1.00pm – 1.00am

Sunday 12.00pm – 12.00am

HAJI SHARIFF CENDOL

On a hot afternoon, it’s best to tone down the heat with a refreshing bowl of cendol. While you most likely have tried cendol elsewhere, the cendol at Haji Shariff Cendol is slightly different.

Having been in business for over 80 years, their cendol was hailed from Java, offering a well-balanced combination of creaminess and sweetness. Moreover, customers can choose from a wide selection of cendol toppings — glutinous rice (pulut), red beans (kacang), corn (jagung), mix (campur) and bandung (rose syrup and milk). They also take pride in using no artificial colourings in their ingredients. The colour of the cendol comes from pandan leaves, and thus, the pale green colour.

Where to Try

Haji Shariff Cendol

Address: 44, Jalan Yam Tuan, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.727340, 101.940104

Operating hours:

10.30am – 6.00pm

Closed on Friday.

YI POH LAO SHU FEN

In this small city, Yi Poh Lou Fen is the place to go for a hearty bowl of lao shu fen. Lao shu fen, a variety of thick noodles made from rice flour is very common in Malaysia, but at Yi Poh, it comes in long strand form which is more like ‘lai fun’. What you get here is lightly blanched rice noodles, doused with soy sauce, and topped with scrumptious minced meat and char siew.

Where to Try

Restaurant Yi Poh

Address: 26A, Ground Floor, Jalan Seng Meng Lee, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.734130, 101.940480

Operating hours:

Daily 7.30am – 5.30pm

YEE KEE BEEF NOODLE

Founded in the 1930s, what used to be a humble stall in Seremban Old Market has since advanced to a spacious restaurant in the middle of the town. Yee Kee Beef Noodles serve opaque lai fun topped with a variety of meat parts to choose from.

The dry version is a mishmash of flavours thanks to the savoury meat, the tangy pickles and earthy sesame, drenched in thick beef broth sauce. No-less-impressive is its beef noodles in clear soup. The clear soup is lip-smacking good with a strong beef essence. You will probably wipe the bowl clean within minutes!

Where to Try

Yee Kee Beef Noodle

Address: 44, Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.724968, 101.938314

Operating hours:

Monday to Friday 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday 9.00am – 8.00pm

Sunday 9.00am – 6.00pm

Where to Try

Yee Kee Beef Noodle (Branch)

Address: No.181, Jalan S2 B22, Pusat Dagangan Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.691937, 101.903932

Operating Hours:

9.00am – 6.00pm

Closed on Thursday

MEE HOON SOTONG (SQUID VERMICELLI)

Another breakfast item that will beg you to get out of your bed early is the mee hoon sotong. The bustling Seremban Wet Market is an excellent place for your hunt for the famous Mee Hoon Sotong.

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The vermicelli is soaked in thick gravy, with a few slices of cuttlefish and tender braised pork. Although the mee hoon is immersed in the sauce, the texture remains crunchy as it is fried beforehand. Be warned though! Mee Hoon Sotong is one of the most sought-after breakfast for both locals and visitors, so they tend to be sold out rather fast. This should be a strong enough reason to get up early!

Where to Try

Stall 787 or Stall 753 (Hioong Kee)

Address: Food Court in Pasar Besar Seremban, Jalan Pasar, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.730766, 101.936593

Operating Hours:

5.30am – 11.30am (usually sold out by 10.00am)

Closed on Tuesday.

Where to Try

Medan Selera Rasah Jaya

Address: Jalan Rasah Utama 1, Taman Rasah Jaya, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.680696, 101.943763

 

Where to Stay in Seremban

Palm Seremban Hotel is a popular option to stay in Seremban for its strategic location and great service. Otherwise, Royal Chulan Seremban also offers a 4-star service and is conveniently located within 15 minutes drive from most of the eateries and restaurants.

How to Get to Seremban

By plane    Fly to Kuala Lumpur and rent a car to Seremban.

By train    From Kuala Lumpur, take KTM train from KL Sentral (KL Sentral – Pulau Sebang line) to Seremban train station which is in the town centre.