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Ever since the relaxation of movement controlled thanks to Covid-19, I’ve been slowly getting back to doing a bit of hiking over the weekends. A couple weeks ago that brought us to one of the destinations that is new to me – Gunung Datuk in Rembau. It was a 5.25 km round trip hike with 630+ meter total elevation that took some 3 hours, a nice, satisfying medium effort hike.

And what do you do after a good hike? Brunch of course!

seremban beef noodle at pasar besar Seremban
beef noodle at pasar besar Seremban – stall #241A 新儒记

Since we were in Negeri Sembilan, it was natural to get something that is uncommon in Klang Valley – a proper bowl of Seremban’s famous beef noodle.

For this, we headed to Pasar Besar Seremban, the biggest wet market in the state.

The hawker center at the market is situated on the first floor, and you’d be greeted by a plethora of choices – but if you want the most “famous” of them all, head to stall number 241A (新儒记) for their famous beef noodle.

There are several choices on the “menu” to choose from, we settled on standard mixed beef noodle for the most part, but you can also order with just beef without the “mixed” bits, which are those delicious offal. Expect a 15-30 minutes wait on weekends.

starchy, sticky, and absolutely delightful
starchy, sticky, and absolutely delightful

The Seremban beef noodle is quite a unique dish in itself, with very little in common from the type that you often get in Klang Valley, such as those from the likes of Lai Foong or Yung Kee. or Shin Kee. While the others are soupy and serves with yellow/wantan noodle, or even meehun, Seremban’s version comes with “lai fun”, which is also referred to as their version of loushe fun.

The starchy sauce is rather flavorful, with beef & innards cooked to a soft and tender texture, a hallmark of any decent beef dish, there’s also a side of soup to wash it all down. I also like the chili sauce that it came with, not overly spicy and carries some acidity from vinegar to provide a good contrast.

Jodie, Desmond, and Jean, good meal is a must after hiking
Jodie, Desmond, and Jean, good meal is a must after hiking

At RM 8 to 9 per bowl, this was a very satisfying brunch, will perhaps try other offerings in Seremban next, though I wouldn’t mind repeating this very same stall at all.

map to Seremban Pasar Besar

Address:
Stall #241A 新儒记
Pasar Besar Seremban
Jalan Tuanku Munawir,
Bandar Seremban,
70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
GPS: 2.730767, 101.936588
Hours: breakfast and lunch

Last weekend I made a short food seeking trip down south to this little kampung at Negeri Sembilan aptly named Pedas (or Spicy in English), as what we’re looking to eat is indeed something spicy!

Sabak Salai, Pedas, Negeri Sembilan
Sabak Salai, Pedas, Negeri Sembilan

Our destination of the day was Resipi Sabak Salai, a rather popular spot located just 2 kilometers away from Pedas exit point on the North South Highway, which itself is about 20 kilometers south of the more popular Seremban exit.

Sabak Salai has a very simple set up not unlike most Malay road-side restaurants – zinc roof, electric fans, tables and chairs, but no wall or air conditioning.

What you do get though, is a good selection of Negeri Sembilan style dishes – starting with the most important ingredients – daging salai and itik salai, or smoked beef and smoked duck, both in masak lemak cili api- with tumeric, coconut milk, and plenty of hot cili padi.

choices of dishes at Sabak Salai
choices of dishes at Sabak Salai

Additionally, they do also offer ikan masin, ayam goreng, ikan bakar, terung sambal, ulam, and more. My suggestion is to keep your stomach space for dagang salai or itik salai, with a healthy portion of those yellow spicy thick broth to go with steamed rice.

The in-house smoked beef is the star here, they pack a sweet, smokey flavor that I find rather delicious, and the masak lemak broth makes for a perfect compliment with its spicy and rich nature.

daging salai and itik salai with masak lemak cili api
daging salai and itik salai with masak lemak cili api

If dining in isn’t enough, they also sell vacuum packed smoked beef as well as masak lemak condiment you can cook at home.

Instead of the usual R&R meal, do consider stopping over Pedas for a meal on your next trip down South.

map to Sabak Salai, Negeri Sembilan

Address:
Sabak Salai
No.13, Batu 5 1/2,
Kampung Kundur Hulu,
71400 Pedas, Negeri Sembilan
GPS2.549070, 102.037146
Tel06-697 0128
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Mondays