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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

Another Kota Kinabalu’s favorite is apparently their beef noodle, and for whatever reasons, it took me quite a while before my first try, I suppose it has to do with beef noodle being quite readily accessible in Klang Valley, unlike some of the other more unique dishes (Tuaran mee, for example)

Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Hilltop, Kota Kinabalu
Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Hilltop, Kota Kinabalu

And when it comes to beef noodle in Kota Kinabalu, the name I’ve always hear about is Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap. So I made a stop to give it a try just before heading to airport on one of my many KK trips, and it was worth it.

Kah Hiong is located at Hilltop (and quite a few other locations), a stone’s throw away from the popular Fatt Kee seafood noodle, and just around 10+ minutes away from the city center.

Ngau Chap Mee Kan Lao
Ngau Chap Mee Kan Lao

There’s quite a selection of different combinations to be had here, mixed beef soup with rice, with noodle, beef stew, beef balls, sliced meat, or you can pick your ingredients of beef heart, liver, beef balls, tripe, tendon, tongue, and so on.

I ordered the Ngau Chap Mee Kan Lao – mixed beef soup with dry noodle (mee + meehun) as recommended by the server.

tendon, beef ball, innards, what's not to love?
tendon, beef ball, innards, what’s not to love?

I did find that the soup base was perhaps just a tad saltier than I’d have liked, but the ingredients were cooked to perfection. Innards were soft, meat was tender, and those tendon were fantastic. I’d definitely order mine with extra tendon next time around.

While there are some very good beef noodle here in KL, this KK version stands on its own and offer a pretty unique taste. I like it.

map to Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, Kota Kinabalu

Address:
Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap
2-0-10, Lorong Taman Nosoob Jaya Phase 2,
Kolam Centre, 93450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.949061, 116.092101
Tel: 016-826 9699

kah hiong ngiu chap menu

Good old fashion beef noodle is one of the must-try dishes in Macao or Hong Kong, and if you’re at Taipa area in Macao (where all the fancy big new casinos are), Chi Kei Ngao Chap is perhaps one of those places to check out.

Chi Kee Ngao Chap, Broadway Macao
Chi Kei Ngao Chap, Broadway Macao

Chi Kei is located at Broadway Food Street, a small street with some 40 different eateries across the road from Galaxy Macao, which itself is a huge establishment with way too many casinos & luxury hotels right next to The Venetian. Do use the overhead pedestrian walkway as the main road is a bit tricky to navigate on foot, not to mention illegal.

Chi Kei Ngao Chap has a fairly simple set up with a small tables both inside and outside the restaurants. Of course, the seating outside was perfect during the breezy late autumn afternoon when we were there.

beef offal with noodle
beef offal with noodle

We tried their beef noodle with offal (45 MOP) that came with a generous serving of various yummy parts perfectly cooked to a smooth and soft texture. The turnip based soup also gave it that natural sweetness which I thought was pretty good as well.

Additionally, they also serve beef offal hotpot (168 MOP) fit for a small party, with additional side orders you can add as well (check menu below).

look at those tripe and beef tendon
look at those tripe and beef tendon

The similar version of beef noodle in Malaysia would be the one at Pudu’s Yung Kee.

map to Broadway food street, Macao

Address:
Chi Kei Ngao Chap
Broadway Food Street, E-G026
GPS22.147182, 113.551424
Tel+853 8883 3338

chi kei ngao chap menu 1 chi kei ngao chap menu 2

To be honest, I found out about the beef noodle at Lai Foong kopitam relatively recently via instagram posts of some friends I follow. Perhaps a bit of an embarrassment for someone who love street food, but better late than never, right?

Lai Foong kopitiam, Jalan Tun H S Lee
Lai Foong kopitiam, Jalan Tun H S Lee

Located at Jalan Tun H. S. Lee (just across the entrance of Petaling Street), Lai Foong is wedged in some of the busiest areas in downtown KL. Parking is non existence, but luckily for those on motorcycle on a weekday morning, situation isn’t nearly as bleak. Another proof that motorcycle is the best invention of all time!

a selection of beefy goodness
a selection of beefy goodness

The beef noodle stalls does open for business bright and early (by 8 am or so) and all throughout lunch time. A bowl with everything will cost RM 10 but does include pretty much every part that you can expect, including beef slices, tripe, intestine, beef ball, and my favorite  – tendon. Every part was tender, with the tendon having the perfect consistency that isn’t chewy nor it is overly hard.

flank, beef, intestine, tendon, take your pick of have them all
flank, beef, intestine, tendon, take your pick of have them all

The soup base is light yet flavorful, with a hint of soya sauce base yet having enough depth to satisfy. The chili sauce provided too does its job well and did not disappoint.

The beef noodle at Lai Foong certainly live up to its reputation, and has definitely earned yours truly as a customer who’d come back again.

map to Lai Foong kopitiam, KL

Address:
Lai Foong kopitiam
138, Jalan Tun H S Lee,
50050 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.145424, 101.696846
Tel03-2072 8123

Truth be told, beef isn’t exactly a staple in Chinese cuisine in the Northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Growing up in Penang I could probably count with one hand the number of beef serving hawker stalls there operating on the island at the time.

Luckily, when they do serve beef, it is often not disappointing. Case in point – the old beef noodle stall at Taxi Station in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah
old taxi stand beef noodle, Sungai Petani, Kedah

From what I can gather, this beef specialty stall is manned by Mr Tan, who is now over 80 years old. The stall was originally started by his father in 1950, with the current location now manned by him & the brother since 1974. Chances are most of the customers were not even alive yet when the first cow is scarified for this stall.

mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle
mixed beef soup with rice, or you can have it with noodle

There main offering is beef slice, tripe, brisket, tendon, and beef ball (most often called mixed beef soup) to go with with noodle or if you’re hungry – rice. We opted for the latter when my brother brought me there for lunch some weeks back.

The old master definitely got everything all figured out, the soup is flavorful but not over powering, with the beef cooked just so and not overly done, the tendon was soft, and the garnish supporting the dish perfectly. I also enjoy their unique sambal condiment. Overall this was just a very pleasant dish to have, doubly so on a rainy day.

old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered
old school lunch, just what the doctor ordered

I recommend anyone who find themselves at Sungai Petani to give this a try, unless you don’t eat beef.

taxi station beef noodle at Sungai Petani map

Address:
Beef Noodle at Taxi Station
Bangunan PKNK,
12 A, Jalan Petri,
Taman Pekan Baru,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS5.639290, 100.487675
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm