On Saturday night, the famed Seremban wet market (or better known to locals as Pasar Besar Seremban) caught fire.
According to The New Straits Times
, the fire reportedly started on the first floor of the Pasar Besar at around 7.36pm.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis told the daily that about 90 per cent of the stalls located on the first floor were damaged in the fire.
Not only is the Pasar Besar Seremban an iconic landmark in the small city -- it has been around since 1975 -- but it is also one of its best food spots.
Located on the first floor of the wet market, the Pasar Besar is home to some of Seremban's most famous dishes. In fact, they are so popular, people from all over Malaysia would stop by the Pasar Besar just to indulge on some cheap, good food.
While it was business as usual
for the main wet market downstairs, there's no telling when (or if ever) the food stalls will be re-opened to public.
So, while we wait for the renovation and restoring work to take place, we'll definitely miss these made-in-Seremban dishes:
1) Tow Kee Hakka Mee (Stall 810)
It might not look like it, but this little Hakka Mee stall located inside the Pasar Besar Seremban has stood the test of time. Tow Kee Hakka Mee has been operating for almost seven decades now, and for good reason. Their homemade Hakka Mee is super springy, seasoned with sesame oil and topped with minced meat. Regular customers would gladly queue more than 30 minutes to have a bowl of this super yummy noodles.
2) Hioong Kee Mee Hoon Sotong (Stall 753)
Mee hoon Sotong
is one of Seremban's local specialties, and Hioong Kee is one of the best stalls in the city that serves it. A plate of mee hoon sotong
consists of mee hoon
noodles that are slightly fried, slices of braised pork, slices of cuttlefish and topped off with thick, flavourful, almost soup-like gravy. This is the perfect meal to start your day with as it's not too filling.
3) Ching Kee Lai Fun (Stall 803)
If you're a fan of lou shu fun
(rice noodles), Ching Kee Lai Fun is the place to be. One of the oldest stalls in Pasar Besar Seremban, Ching Kee serves homemade lai fun
(it's similiar to lou shu fun
, but slightly longer and thicker) made with the recipe that, according to legends, has been passed down for generations. The dish
is only served one way at Ching Kee: dry with a hint of dark soy sauce and minced meat.
4) Beef Noodle (Stall 748)
This little stall is arguably the star of the entire Pasar Besar Seremban. If you ask anyone from Seremban where you can find the best bowl of beef noodles, chances are they will direct you to this stall. A bowl of Stall 748's beef noodles consists of homemade lai fun
served in thick, sweet gravy and complimented with thick slices of beef and beef tendons, peanuts and sesame seeds. On a good day, expect to wait up to 40 minutes for your order. Yep, that's how popular they are.