I came to know Hakka Rang from a close friend who has been going to the restaurant for years since it started. Even though the food is said to be good, I never really had the feeling to give them a try because of the ever-chaotic traffic situation in Kota Damansara. But recently I had an inevitable appointment at KD so we chose Hakka Rang as the place for dinner.
Luckily we scanned the menu thoroughly or else we wouldn’t have spotted the individual rice and noodle section which contains a number of single portion meals. Since we were at a Hakka restaurant, the Hakka Noodle @ RM7.80 was the natural selection.
Topped with generous minced meat and two stuffed tofu pok, it tasted as good as it looked. The noodle portion is large so the higher than normal price feels justified.
A supposedly dim sum breakfast at Tuck Cheong restaurant did not happen because by the time we reached there, everything was sold out save for some buns. Maybe I was too late by Pudu people’s standards but it was only 9am! Desperate for an alternative, we recalled a famous Hakka Mee nearby that some say is the best in Klang Valley. Luckily, Chun Kee was only a few hundred metres away from Tuck Cheong so we walked.
Judging by the look of the noodles and the number of customers waiting in line, it seemed promising so we didn’t mind the long wait. But after tasting the noodle it was an overwhelming disappointment, it just wasn’t as good as it was anticipated to be. In fact, only average at best. The noodles look springy but is actually a lumpy mess and the minced pork does not stick well to the noodles so you will end up eating them as separately.
Compared to the neighboring towns and cities like KL, Melaka and Port Dickson, Seremban might not have much to offer on sights and entertainment but you will surely find the distinctive local food something worthwhile. I went on an one day eating trip to Seremban last weekend and found the experience to be relaxing and stress free.
Unlike other cities (eg. Ipoh, Penang, Melaka) Seremban’s traffic is less and I hardly saw any crowd at the eateries, even the famous ones. So here’s a very simple one day itinerary of Seremban’s food, good for a quick weekend getaway.
Reach Seremban before 10am, drive straight to Pasar Besar Seremban (GPS Coordinates: N2 43.840 E101 56.200) for breakfast. There are at least three things to eat here. Don’t fret if any of them are not open because you will surely find something among the many food stalls here. In case you are wondering the food court is not smelly at all despite having a wet market right under it. Luckily.
If you reach before 9.30am then stall 787′s Mee Hoon Sotong should still be open, if not just starting to close. According to locals 787 is THE stall to try when it comes to Mee Hoon Sotong. As for us, we reached after 9.30am so we went for the 2nd best, Hioong Kee (stall 753)
Mee Hoon Sotong is quite rare in Malaysia and so far I only see it being sold here. Taste wise it was above expectations. If you are from Penang, then I can say the gravy’s flavor is very similar to our Hokkien Char. The chili is nice too, kinda addictive and gives the noodle a good, exciting kick. RM3.50 only. Rating: 7/10.
I know Toast & Roast has been blogged to death. But surprisingly there are still quite a number of people (even PJ-ians) who are not aware of this small eatery located in the quiet neighborhood behind Tropicana City Mall. It is easy to drive past this row of shops and pass them as normal houses because they are quite hidden from view. And those whom I have brought here have been hooked on the Hakka Mee and Char Siew since.
The good thing about Toast & Roast is the affordable price. They are basically charging the same price as any hawkers out there and the environment is better too being cleaner and not stuffy. A small bowl of Hakka Mee here is RM4.50 may it be topped with minced meat or char siew. Although they are generous with the toppings (minced meat/char siew/lard) the noodles’ portion is still quite small. So I usually order the large one at RM5.50 as shown here. For the extra portion of noodles given, the RM1 is worth spending.