READER T.K. Tan sent me an e-mail some time back and remarked: “Dear Samo, if you haven’t tried Seremban beef noodles at the wet market, then you can’t qualify the shop in Kemayan square as a good eating place.”
Well, Mr Tan, I have given the stall a try some years back and just don’t have the time to check it out again.
So, when I was in Port Dickson recently, I thought I would swing by the wet market to get the story in full.
As a matter of fact, the Seremban beef noodles here have been a household name for decades.
I first tried it out when I went to a law firm in town to claim compensation after I was involved in a nasty road accident in late 2001.
The stall in question is located on the top floor of the Seremban wet market off Jalan Tuanku Munawir and locating this place would be a task if you are not familiar with the town.
I found that Xin Ru Kee beef noodles (lat 02 43 853 N, long 101 56 216 E) was packed with the lunch crowd after a 30-minute drive from Port Dickson.
Since this is a well-known makan place, a bowl of beef soup noodles costs about RM6.
Compared to the ones I had in Tangkak, Johor, and Kuala Lumpur, I would rate Xin Ru Kee’s beef noodles at 4.5 out of 10 on the Samoscale.
The portions are not that generous, but the saving grace was definitely its taste.
There is also a dry gravy variant of the beef noodles which you can try out, and this is the same dish that is found in Kemayan square.
To get to Seremban, simply take the PLUS North-South highway and take the E2 exit near Taman Bukit Kepayang.
For the adventurous food lover, there’s the hourly KTM Komuter service from KL Sentral and a walk to the Seremban market is roughly about 20-minutes if you are a brisk walker.