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!
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
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
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.
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
Been hearing about this Bangkok lane Mee Goreng that’s at USJ (that would be UEP Subang Jaya as the official name) for a while now, so I decided to check it out last week.
Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng at Restoran Ehsan Maju
For those who aren’t familiar with the background, there’s rather well known mee goreng located at Bangkok Lane in Georgetown. One that I’ve had quite a few times in Penang, and while it wasn’t my favorite, they do offer a very competent plate of this Indian dish compared to others on the island.
Of course, here in Klang Valley Penang style mee goreng is hard to come by, my previous favorite at PJ SS5 ceased to exists after the owner passed on, so to be honest, I haven’t had proper mee goreng outside Penang for years.
mee goreng with sotong
The stall at Restoran Ehsan Maju in USJ 2 is essentially a ‘branch’ from the same stall in Bangkok Lane, Penang. The menu is pretty simple, there’s mee goreng with or without sotong (squid), mee rebus (wet version) in the same two variety, and rojak – essentially their mee rebus without noodle.
mee rebus and rojak available too
So, how does it taste?
I would say it’s pretty spot on, except for the huge KL style portion, it is pretty consistent with what they offer in Penang. There’s decent flavor and all the ingredients are there. The fried shallots could be improved, and those sotong are a bit too bland (I’ll order without that next time). Other than that, definitely a more than acceptable “Penang style” mee goreng.
Will go again.
Address: Restoran Ehsan Maju 21, Jalan USJ 2/2c, Usj 2, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.057507, 101.591064
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of going to Puchong, and it is due to the reason perhaps most of us view Puchong as – the giant parking lot outside that old IOI shopping mall. Well, after so many moons, I ended up there again on a morning of a public holiday, for a short hiking trip to Wawasan Hill (see pic below).
Foo Hing Dimsum, Puchong
Well, what do you do after a good 2 hour or so hiking workout? Breakfast of course!
So by 8:20 am in the morning, we came to the most famous dimsum place in the area – Foo Hing Dim Sum House, at Bandar Puteri Puchong. Even at that ungodly hours, this place was already packed to the brim, with us having to take a number to queue up for a table.
Thankfully, the dimsum house runs a pretty tight ship and we did not have to wait for more than 10+ minutes before being ushered to our table, which was located upstairs, fully air conditioned and quite comfortable.
is there a bigger variety of food for breakfast than dimsum?
The menu consists of some 40 items you can order, but like most busy dimsum places, they also have servers carrying ready-to-eat items to your table from time to time for your picking, which we took full advantage of.
The dishes were competent though not very remarkable, but most importantly they were fresh and never stale (just look at the crowd!). I also love the fact that they use Kampung Koh garlic chili sauce, my chili sauce of choice!
the egg tart is definitely a must order
A few things to note though, the fried stuff here are something I probably would avoid in the future, they’re just not really crispy or enticing. The “wu kok” was pretty good though, and I really like the char siu pau as well.
The claim of fame here is their Portuguese egg tart, something I would positively recommend for sure, possibly better than the version I had in Macau, and not overly sweet either.
bonus pic – at the peak of Wawasan Hill, Puchong
If you already found yourself in Puchong on a morning, this is definitely one place worthy of a stopover. If not for the dimsum, then for those awesome egg tarts.
Address: Foo Hing Dim Sum House 1st Flr, No. 31, 33, 35-G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor GPS: 3.022282, 101.617487 Tel: 03-8060 0546
I supposed it is about time I post another bak kut teh entry on this blog, after all, of the some 3-500 bak kut teh restaurants in Klang (and more in other parts of the country), this is only entry number 58 of this awesome dish in this blog. My job is far from done!
Kee Heong bak kut teh is one of the older names. Situated at Taman Eng Ann by the morning wet market, it is usually quite packed in the morning, while stream of customers usually tapers down towards brunch/lunch time.
You can order bak kut teh here in old school individual bowl style, or in claypots. The standard choice of cuts are available here – big bone, small bone, ribs, soft bone, kahwan, etc. They also have yao char kuai (disappointing texture, like all Klang bkt places I’ve tried so far), and more importantly, there’s fried shallots if you ask nicely.
tua kut is one of my favorite bak kut teh cuts
The texture of meat and fat here is as good as any, with soup carrying a decent herbal note, tho not nearly as strong as the likes of Mo Sang Kor or Ah Her, but plenty good enough for claypot type fare.
In terms of tasting note, I find Kee Heong pretty close to Weng Heong for me. It certainly has my endorsement for anyone who wants to have a good soupy BKT breakfast in the morning.