RM5 (small bowl)

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With slurpy noo­dles in gravy that’s thick and rich in flavour, beef noo­dles are slowly climb­ing the gas­tro­nomic lad­der, one bowl at a time. There are a few off­shoots of this dish in KL but I’ve sam­pled enough to know that it takes a pair of skill­ful hands armed with the knowl­edge of an age­less recipe to craft the per­fect bowl.

I tend to seek out blogs for rec­om­men­da­tions when­ever I travel and I’ve heard a great deal about Stall 748 at Pasar Be­sar Serem­ban. Food blog­gers swear by this stall for the best beef noo­dles but all I found was an over­priced dish that seemed like a stingy cook-up of lumpy noo­dles and hard beef chunks ac­com­pa­nied with soup that tasted more like pep­per than beef. Af­ter an un­sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I asked lo­cals for an al­ter­na­tive and they pointed me to at the same wet mar­ket.

The pro­pri­etor was kind, de­spite the lan­guage bar­rier, and within min­utes I was pre­sented with a fra­grant bowl of beef noo­dles that Stall 742, Pasar Be­sar Serem­ban, Jalan Pasar, Serem­ban.

came with piqu pi­quant grav gravy toppe topped with vine­gar vine­gary pre­serve pre­served cab­bage s strips, peanuts and ten­der chunks of beef that were n neatly ar­ranged, served w with a bowl of clear beef so soup on the side. It was easy to tell that the beef had been pres­sure-cooked fo for hours, judg­ing by the ro­bust flavour of the broth and the suc­cu­lent, easy-to-chew meat that didn’t have a nau­se­at­ing beefy smell. I later learned that this lit­tle stall has been around for close to 70 years, since the first wet mar­ket in town opened. One tip for tourists: talk to lo­cals, skip the blogs.

Thank­fully, two bowls of noo­dles didn’t send me into a food coma. Once the savoury noo­dles had been washed down with a glass of iced tea, I set out to look for some­thing sweet. Prior to this trip, I didn’t think that cen­dol was a big deal in Serem­ban be­cause we have Pe­nang and Malacca for that. I heard a great deal about Hj Shar­iff cen­dol, one of the town’s largest ma­mak cen­dol out­lets and known for its strik­ing green build­ing. I asked a lo­cal

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