My first post of the year…… Wishing everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai!!
What is your criteria of a good claypot chicken rice?
For me, a good claypot chicken rice has to be flavorful, rice evenly coated with sauce, not lumpy (soft).
Nowadays its very rare to find those claypot chicken rice that slow cooked using charcoal fire stove.
In Seremban, there’s this place serving claypot chicken rice which claimed as Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice. I heard that the owner is from Kampar. By far, this is the best claypot chicken rice in Seremban. Located at Taman Bidara, behind of Do Re Mi Baking Academy.
The claypot chicken rice was cooked upon order. Therefore be prepared for some waiting time. This place is usually quite full during lunch hour (before Covid).
I like the aroma of the rice when it was served piping hot. Rice is cooked with marinated chicken, Chinese sausage, not forgetting the salted fish for extra flavors then sprinkled with scallions. (RM9 for single size serving.)
What I liked most about this place is that the claypot chicken rice is served with pickled shallots and cili padi to give you some crunchiness.
Another dish that I like is the Yellow Wine Chicken which make you sweat. LOL!
Besides that, they also served some simple blanched vegetables, steamed soup (watercress soup, lotus root soup, etc….may varies daily).
You can give them a call to place order so that you don’t have to wait long.
Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice
Address: No 19, Jalan Bidara 16, Taman Bidara, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Recently the hall area of 森美兰海南会馆, Hainan Association Negeri Sembilan has turned into a makan place for public. Serving Hainan food and Hainan Coffee.
Social media news spread faster than newspaper. I only knew about this hidden place after some of my friends shared it on Facebook.
I was not working on one of the weekday, so I told my mom that I’m bringing her to this new place for breakfast.
After dropping Jet at kindergarten, we went straight here with the help of waze navigation and arrived at around 9am.
How can one not try the Hainan Coffee. It was prepared by an elderly man. We had Kopi-C served in this old-school cup. Feeling so nostalgic. The coffee was rich and aromatic.
Not forgetting also the Hainan Toast with butter and kaya spread. Both drinks and toast from the same stall. Total was RM5.30.
Food and drinks were mend by different owner.
The 1 page menu were printed in purely Chinese. LOL!! 😀 😀
The kind boy whom took our food order read one by one to us.
Mom had Hainan Mee (RM6). Noodles were cooked al-dente and flavorful. You can spot some choy sum, sliced fishcake and pork.
I had Hainan Chicken Chop (RM12). It looks just like the traditional version of Hainan Chicken Chop, slab of fried deboned chicken thigh with generous brown sauce. Chicken was tender and sauce was not too salty or too watery. Nowadays, its rare to get nice Hainan Chicken Chop. At price of only RM12, I would say ‘what’s more to complain’? (Based on recent update, September 2020:- Several friends commented that their Hainan Chicken Chop not nice. Inconsistent)
While eating, I also noticed quite many people ordered the Wat Tan Hor. Perhaps, I should try that in future and update it here. (September 2020 Update:- The Wat Tan Hor and Hainan Chicken Rice was nice to eat)
Furthermore there is one Hainan Chicken Rice stall. Wanted to dapao after smelling the aromatic boiling rice. But was told the rice still not ready. 😦 😦
Honestly, I preferred such breakfast over some overpriced cafe breakfast. Typical Asian? Well, everyone has their own choice. 🙂
森美兰海南会馆 NEGERI SEMBILAN HAINAN ASSOCIATION
Address: No. 30-31,Jalan Datuk Abdul Malek, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Open daily (7.30am – 4.00pm) Closed on Mondays
*solely based on writer's own opinion*
These days, the weather is so hot and sunny!
It would be nice to have an icy drink or icy dessert to cool down.
Those days, icy dessert would be ABC. But nowadays we have more choices, we called it ATAS ABC (because nicer environment, price also double)hehe…. But there’s a proper name to it…which is Kakigori or Ais Kepal Jepun. 🙂
“Kakigōri (かき氷) is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and a sweetener. The origins of kakigōri date back to the 11th century, when blocks of ice saved during the colder months would be shaved and served with sweet syrup to Japanese aristocracy during the summer. Kakigōri became more accessible in the 19th century, when ice became more widely available to the public during the summertime. “
For Seremban folks, you can hoop over to MyKori Dessert Cafe for this Japanese shaved ice dessert. Located at Centrio Seremban 2 (opposite Mydin S2).
MyKori has been growing rapidly over the years since the first outlet at Puchong Jaya in year 2016. It has now over 60 outlets throughout Malaysia. (WOW! Amazing!) MyKori Dessert Cafe is a place suitable for young and old.
Types of desserts available here. Serving not just shaved ice, but also drinks, toast and Croissant Taiyaki (a unique Japanese pastry, a fish shaped snack, made of croissant with varied sweet and savoury fillings).
Their Kakogori comes in 2 sizes. Large and Mini. I chose mini because I wanted to try more flavors. The mini is ideal for 1-2 sharing.
Above are Mango Yogurt Kakigori(made from yogurt ice, mango puree, mango cubes)and Mont Mauve Kakigōri(Made with mix berry ice, fresh strawberries, blueberries & raspberry. Topped up with whipped cream and kuriaro rose powder.)
Red Melon Kakigori (RM26) only comes in one size. Too bad that they no longer serve in watermelon shell. Hence the serving looked smaller. (Made with milk ice, watermelon, nata de coco as well as lychee).
If you are a fruits person, the above choices are quite refreshing.
Left – Chocoreo Kakigori(Made with milk ice, real oreo biscuits, oreo crumbs and chocolate sauce). I don’t really fancy this one because not much taste, more like eating oreo biscuits with ice.
Right – Popcorn Kakigori(With milk ice, kuromitsu jelly, premium caramel popcorn as well as caramel toffee sauce).
The ice is quite fine and smooth.
Other than kakigori, I also tried the Chocolate Banana Toast (RM19)
Thick toast with generous chocolate sauce, topped with 2 scoops of ice cream and served with slices of bananas. For ice cream, I chose chocolate & Thai Tea flavor. Thai Tea flavor ice cream tasted weird. Regretted choosing that flavor. 😦
As for the toast, the bread texture was quite nice. Smooth and not dry.
Jet will be very happy whenever I mentioned coming here for dessert. Above are compiled in several visits. 😀 😀
Will try more flavors in future.
MyKori Dessert Cafe
Address: 17-G, Jalan S2 B15, Centrio, Seremban 2, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Do you like eating Ayam Penyet? Similar to Ayam Penyet, Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus is available in Seremban 2. (for Seremban readers, there is another outlet located at Senawang) Both are popular dish in Indonesia.
Both Ayam Penyet and Ayam Gepuk are quite similar. But the main difference will be the chili.
Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus originally from Jogjakarta since year 2013, opened its first outlet here in Malaysia on 31st August 2017.
Feeling curious about this bright lighted shop. Hence I decided to step into the store to check out what is their specialty.
The one page menu was simple and very straight forward. Looks like they only serve 1 dish. Their signature Ayam Gebuk. Ya…only this ayam.
You can choose the level of spiciness. On the menu shows the numbers of red cili padi used on each spicy level. Usually they will serve the pounded chili on top of the fried 1/4 chicken. But you can request to put aside.
Price start from RM8.90 for basic Set A which consist 1/4 chicken, raw cabbage, cucumber & white rice, while Set D comes with additional fried cabbage, gizzard, fried tofu and fried tempe (a traditional Indonesian soy product, that is made from fermented soybeans).
I ordered Normal & Spicy.
Before you begin to dig in, add on some kicap manis (sweet soy sauce) to enhance the flavors.
Tagline: Tentukan Sendiri Pedasmu, Anda Pedas, Kami Puas!
(Define Your Own Spiciness, You feel spicy, We’re Satisfied!)
Please do not underestimate the ‘Normal’ spicy level. Although I could take spicy food, I still felt the burning feeling in my mouth. Apart from the whole new level of spiciness, the chili and chicken tasted good too. Jet enjoyed eating the chicken with only white rice & kicap manis.
If you are dining in, feel free to add rice and sambal without extra charge.
What’s so special about the chili (sambal) here? I was told that the sambal is freshly made and was prepared in batches. Mixture of chili, garlic, chili oil are done on a stone mortar dish. On far left of photo, the light brown color is cashew nut sauce. Both chili and cashew nut sauce will be combined in the sambal.
Verdict : Chicken was tasty and succulent. The sambal was really nice and spicy! Only downside is that, no other food choice except ayam gebuk+rice.
My late grandfather loves Butter Coffee very much. Instead of adding the traditional creamer or condensed milk into the cup of hot black coffee, he added a slice of butter. I can’t brain how good it was when I was just a teenage girl then.
Lately, I got to know about this new kopitiam in Seremban old town after my friend shared about his meal there. Apparently their signature coffee is ‘butter coffee’. Without much hesitation, I paid a visit there for breakfast together with my mom.
Located along the busy road of Jalan Dato Bandar Tunggal, opposite HSBC Bank.
From front till the back of premise, there were total around 20 tables. Quite ample of seats.
A one page menu showing list of food and beverages available here.
Signature Butter Coffee
A slice of butter was added to this cup of hot coffee. Stir the aromatic coffee when its hot and drink it while its still hot. The butter naturally gives a smooth finish and creamy mouthfeel to the coffee. This drink definitely reminds me of my late grandfather.
Apart from the coffee, I also tried the Ham Egg Toast. However I don’t quite like to overdone egg yolk. Perhaps I shall request for well done yolk. 😀
Whilst a stall here selling Yong Tau Foo, Chee Cheong Fun, Nasi Lemak and Fried Bihun.
Yong Tau Foo – RM1.50 per piece
Fishball – RM1.30 per piece
Chee Cheong Fun – RM1.00 per piece
I was eyeing on this plate of Nasi Lemak with Minced Pork for RM5. Instead of pairing with fried chicken, minced pork as condiment works well too. It is very rare to see such combination.
Besides the nasi lemak, the chee cheong fun with curry gravy was quite good. Chee Cheong Fun has smooth texture, while the curry gravy was tasty. We mixed sweet sauce and curry gravy, mom said its tastier and balanced flavor this way. Meanwhile, the yong tau fu filling has mixture of fish & pork paste.
Apart from the above, steamed pao and some traditional steamed dim sum are available here too. Dim Sum selections were quite limited.
Some instagramable spots at Wong Fook Kopitiam.
Instead of modern cafes, its nice to see an old shop turned into a vintage kopitiam, drawing people of all ages.
For your info, I parked my car along Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee and walked over. (Distance around 100m)
Wong Fook Kopitiam•旺福咖啡店
118, Jalan Dato Bandar Tunggal, Bandar Seremban, 70000 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
This can be a great snack if you wanted something light for sharing. Great to pair with a cold glass of beer too. I enjoyed munching them.
3 types of Sausage (Lamb & Chicken) served with Roasted Roots and Chef’s specially made sauces.
Linguine alle Pescatore
Olive Oil Base Pasta cooked with Prawns, Shrimp, Squid, Mussels and Clams, cooked in White Wine.
Pasta was al-dente, not too dry, flavors were well executed too. Hence its one of my favorite dish that evening.
Home-Made Pizza, Gamberetti Pizza
Hand toss Pizza topped with Cream Sauce Base, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Shrimp and Broccoli topped with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.
Hands up if you are a thin crust lover. Pizza at Jigger & Shaker met the criteria of thin crust pizza.
Full concentration. The baristas were seen preparing our drinks.
Varieties of drinks were served here. Be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. How knowledgeable are you into cocktails. It seems the House Cocktails are one of the specialty here.
Not any classic cocktails that we used to hear, but a twist in flavors and ingredients. At Jigger & Shaker, they served craft cocktails. Where element is handmade or tailored specifically to the drink. If you look at the menu, there’s a long list of cocktails. 🙂
Vodka, Watermelon liqueur, Passion fruit & Lime juice.
Rum, Black tea, Kaffir Lime, Calamansi & Palm Sugar.
Bo-berries Carafe(serves 2-4 person)
Vodka, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mint leaves & Lime.
For non-alcoholic drink, they also served some unique milkshakes. Above is Kaya Milkshake with hint of pandan flavors.
Apple Crumble Cheese Cake topped with Crushed Walnuts & Vanilla Ice Cream, drizzle with Caramel Sauce.
After meal dessert is my favorite session, because I have a sweet tooth. Its undeniable that I love this piece of Apple Crumble Cheese Cake. Its so compact and gives us the different kind textures on every mouthful of this cake!
Matcha Chocolate Lava Cake with Green Tea Ice Cream
Chocolate lovers would love this. Ideal to be eaten immediately when its served warm. Check out the oozing rich and chocolatey, chocolate lava.
Worried about getting bored? Fret not. Live band from Art Trio Acoustic Band will keep you entertained on weekends (Friday – Sunday) from 8pm-12am.
I was told that this is the Valentine’s Day set menu. Sounds delicious. Since they are trying to maintain the food quality, thus it is only limited to 20 couples.
Chef Sam, being the main chef, also an important person behind the kitchen, is serious in his culinary skills ensuring the quality of food. It was a pleasure to meet the person who put much effort in serving us the food.
Jigger & Shaker
PT12653, Jalan Pusat Dagangan Sendayan 1,
Tel: 012-278 5236
Check out their Facebook Page for latest updates & promos:-
Drive thru service makes life easier and convenient especially for places with insufficient of parking.
Thus, we often come across drive thru service at fast food outlets.
Today I came across an Ice Cream Vendor who applies drive thru concept to his soft serve ice cream. I decided to check it out because I saw there’s a durian photo attached to the kiosk. Well, that’s because I like eating durian. 😀
I didn’t try the drive thru service. Instead I chose to park my car at the vacant road shoulder, without obstructing traffic.
This kiosk only serve soft serve ice cream. Only one flavor at the moment. I was told that, they will change flavor every fortnightly. The upcoming flavor would be Matcha.
Do check out their Facebookfor updates, to know what is the current flavor.
The ice cream is serve in cup. Hope in future they will have the option to serve in cone too.
This cup of soft serve ice cream is priced at RM8.50. Price may vary depending on flavors. I was also told that they uses real Durian flesh to produce this Durian flavor ice cream.
Its not too sweet. However the smoothness of this ice cream, hmmm…I wouldn’t say its 100% probably 90%? I do like the taste, the durian flavor is there. The durian taste even stays on my palate for a shortwhile.
Do check it out if you are nearby.
-11° Soft Serve
No.84, Jalan Tan Sri Manickavasagam 70200 Seremban.
One may overlooked this place. Tucked in between restaurants and offices, we locate The Beast Cafe at a popular makan spot at Uptown Avenue Seremban 2.
The Beast Cafe gives cafe hoppers another option to hangout with family and friends.
Printed menu with photos as reference, made it easier for viewing. The menu comprised of breakfast, salad, main dish, finger food, drinks and desserts.
Apparently, Iberico Pork is one of the specialty meat in this cafe.
The Iberian pig is a traditional breed of the domestic pig that is native to the Iberian Peninsula. The pigs are allowed to roam in pastures and oak groves, feasting on natural grass, herbs and lots of acorns. Acorns are rich in oleic acid, the same found in olive oil. Thus an Iberian pig is refer as “walking olive trees”.
The Beast Iberico Burger – RM34.90
Iberico pork meat, sandwiched in between fresh lettuce and soft burger buns is served with fries. The meat is non-ordinary pork that we get in the local market. For burger, they uses pork belly. The meat is then nicely grilled to a perfect timing otherwise it will be overcooked and rubbery. In my opinion the meat is smooth and juicy, consist of fine marble fat that literally melts after chewing in mouth.
Other than burger, Iberico pork is also prepared in rice, pasta and rissoto.
with Modern minimalist interior.
The Beast Cafe is a cosy and quiet place with soothing background music.
English Breakfast – RM17.90
Consist of Toast bread, Mix Salad (with sesame dressing), Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Egg, Baked Beans. (Available daily from 12pm-4pm)
Aglio Olio with Prawn – RM17.90
Al-dente spaghetti is cooked with olive oil and mixture of homemade herbs. Garnished with fresh, plump prawns and Parmesan cheese. (Do request for more chili flakes if you like it spicier).
Hearty Cold Pressed Juice – RM11.90
(Carrot + Apple + Orange)
Cold-pressed juice refers to juice that uses a hydraulic press to extract juice from fruit and vegetables. It is popular among the youngsters. It is just a hype or healthier? Using a hydraulic press, will crush your ingredients in order to extract the greatest quantity of juice possible without compromising the nutrient quality. In this case, it is wholly made from fruit and vegetables, and are free from added sugars and preservatives.
Rose Latte – RM10.90
Freshly brewed cup of coffee made of Arabica Coffee Beans with hint of Rose flavor. I am not a coffee expert, but I am a coffee lover. This cuppa coffee was rich, smooth and aromatic. Nevertheless the rose flavor did not overpower the coffee taste.
Strawberry Smoothie – RM11.90
Fancy a glass of icy cold strawberry smoothie to quench your thirst? The Strawberry Smoothie here has the right ratio of strawberry and milk! Topped with a scoop of your choice of ice cream. Gives it a whole new flavor after the ice cream melts in the drink. Mine was topped with a scoop of mint ice cream. Hence I got a minty strawberry after taste.
Chocobanana Waffles – RM17.90
Stacks of Chocolate crispy waffles, slices of bananas, cranberries, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with a scoop of ice cream.
The Piggy Bank – RM19.90
I’m amazed with the cuteness of this dessert. Well, I assumed most of the girls and kids would fall for this. How much do you love your dessert. If there’s a chance, I would love to have a dessert after meal. Its just like there’s a sweet ending in life.
*lets break the piggy bank to get some content*
The pink coated outer shell is made of white chocolate.
It is filled with 61% Dark Chocolate Mousse, layered with Double Dutch Blackforest Cake and Pitted Dark Sweet Seneca Cherries. Not too sweet I felt. But if you are not a sweet tooth person, you may compliment it with the sliced fruits on dish. As strawberries and kiwis, they are more acidic, hence it balanced the sweetness.
Unlike some common desserts that we used to see, The Beast Cafe strive to serve some ‘up to trend’ desserts for the customers. Although The Beast Cafe serves Western cuisine, but in order to suit family diners with young and old, the thoughtful owner decided to make both Western and Fusion available on their menu.
When Hovin Coffee & Bakers formerly located at Seremban town (near Public Bank), I couldn’t get the chance to pay a visit. Reason because I rarely go to town and also due to the limited parking space over there.
Now that Hovin Coffee & Bakers has moved to this new location, it gives me the opportunity to pay a visit during lunch hour. This new location of their cafe would be nearer to my work place. Precisely, it is located opposite to Asia Laksa, Senawang. Nearby to Senawang Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC).
Hovin Coffee & Bakers is a simple cafe that offers good coffee and food at a reasonable price. Despite the price, staffs are friendly too.
Often cafes serves pasta, sandwiches. But at Hovin Coffee & Bakers, they also served rice. I’m glad they did, because I’m a rice person. 😀
I was told they have some newly added dishes which are not shown on their menu booklet. Perhaps they should have a simple printout copy showing what are their latest added dishes. I saw the lunch deal on their chalkboard written:-
I chose Curry Chicken Rice set, that come with a drumstick, curry potatoes, slices of cucumber and a bull’s eye egg topped on the rice. The curry chicken rice was delicious, I felt.
When I’m in a cafe, I would definitely prefer a cuppa coffee over juices or sodas. Therefore I requested for Hot Latte with an additional RM2 to upgrade my drink. Barista must be in a good mood today. Hence he made a nice coffee art on my drink. What does it resemble? It looked like a smiling plant.
You can also check out the counter for bake of the day. (cakes, muffins, pies)
I am delighted to know they serve Salted Egg Yolk Croissant (RM7.90) here. Look at the oozing salted egg yolk lava upon cutting the flaky and buttery croissant. It was awesome! There was also Matcha Croissant which I’m keen to try. I wonder if there’s lava in it too. 🙂
**New menu was published on October 2017.
Made another visit here and discovered their new extensive menu with more varieties of set lunch.
Buttermilk Chicken with Rice. Complete your set which includes a cup of Honey Lemon drink. But I will usually opt to upgrade my drink to coffee.
A cuppa Hot Cappuccino with a neat coffee art!
My colleague had their Grilled Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce. The food portion is quite generous compared with the price paid.
I always appreciates the fine coffee art done by the barista. Hence I would slowly sip it down without damaging it. 🙂
Hovin Coffee & Bakers
24, Jalan Cattleya 11, Pusat perniagaan Senawang Jaya 2
I am a fan of Japanese food. Upon seeing such good deal, I am overwhelmed. Thus, without much hesitation, I called up to make a reservation in order to avoid disappointment. (in case of full house)
As we seated, we were given this copy of ‘made-to-order’, selection of main course which is not available at the buffet table. Each visitor is entitled for one main course, choose only 1 from the choice of 5 dishes. There were 4 of us. Therefore we were able to choose 4 types.
Grilled Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce (Shake Teriyaki)
Pan-fried salmon then glazed with a sweetened soy sauce (teriyaki).
Grilled Mackerel with Salt (Saba Shio)
This piece of grilled mackarel with salt tasted good. It was not dry nor overcooked, and the saltiness was just nice.
Fried Battered Seafood (Tempura Mori)
The tempura batter was crispy and light. Only consists of 2 prawns, a piece of mushroom and an eggplant.
Teppanyaki Style Chicken (Tori Teppanyaki)
Chicken in teppanyaki style. I felt that the chicken cutlets were too big. I preferred it to be in smaller cube, so that its easier for the meat to absorb the flavors.
For starter, there were salad with choice of dressing.
Also available was Chuka Kurage (Seasoned Jellyfish) & Chuka Wakame (Seasoned Sesame Seaweed) as appetizer.
Round shaped, a Japanese snack made of wheat flour-based batter with a piece of octopus inside. However the filling was too little.
Move on to the sushi counter, a glimpse of the busy chef preparing sushi.
Colorful Maki-sushi (Roll Sushi)
Choice of Nigiri Sushi
My favorite Salmon Sushi.
*both Nigiri & Maki can be re-ordered.
Other than sushi, they also served fried rice. But the rice was kinda mushy I felt.
Chicken & Vegetables in Japanese Stock
As for dessert, they served slices of cakes,
japanese mochi with different fillings (red bean, peanut, black sesame, pandan). I love having Japanese mochi because I like the gooey texture.
and ice cream.
Black Sesame & Green Tea ice cream would be my favorite combination. A must have in Japanese food.
*Do take note that the desserts may varies all the time.
If you think the dishes are insufficient, here’s a list of additional add ons dishes for extra RM4 (nett) per item.
The buffet is only available on Saturday (dinner) and Sunday (lunch).