Seremban is the often overlooked city which lies mid-way between Kuala Lumpur and historic Malacca. It’s a mere 1 hour’s drive from KL, and has its own Chinese cuisine, Hakka-influenced, in contrast to KL’s Cantonese cuisine and Malacca’s Nyonya food.
In terms of Malay food, Seremban is also different from KL or Malacca – its roots are the ultra-spicy Minang cuisine from Sumatera, and different from the rest of Malaysia.
I was at Seremban’s busy and rather chaotic Main Market – the Pasar Besar Seremban – you need to be early to catch the action, and also the more popular food stalls.
A wet market selling vegetables, meats and other fresh produce occupy the first floor, whereas food stalls on the second floor offer all kinds of local hawker eats.
The second floor of the main market is divided into 4 quadrangles like this one, each lined with dozens of food stall. Seremban folks start their day early – this was 6.30am in the morning.
The Pasar Besar Seremban is definitely a must-visit for any culinary visitor to the city. The sheer variety of Hakka food, and the freshness of all the produce which went into the preparation of these dishes in hard to find even in KL or Malacca.
- Pasar Besar Seremban
- Jalan Tuanku Munawir
- 70300 Seremban
- Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia