Oct 28, 2007

Seremban Yee Kee Beef Noodles

It was late evening in Seremban, and we were looking for some wrapping papers to buy at one of the many flowers and gifts shop along Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee. My wife KC was inside one of the shops and I happened to be standing at Public Bank and noticed a red colored shop on the opposite shop houses. Seremban Yee Kee Beef Noodles and the thought suddenly came to my mind to have it for dinner and I was wondering whether is this the famous Seremban Beef Noodles that I heard so much about. KC just appeared and I said "Dinner?' and we look across towards Yee Kee and simultaneously said "OK!". We could tell that the premises was new judging by the decor and design of the interior and a rather large photo of a farm with cows gazing greeted us on the left.

A young waitress with a friendly smile (later we found out is one of the owners Miss Chu) promptly gave us the menu and after looking through it our orders were Yee Kee Seremban Beef Noodles in soup and the other dry. I always like my noodles with soup and KC always like hers dry with sauce or "konlo" in Cantonese. After a short while our orders arrived and we started eating, the taste, texture of the soup and ingredients is unique and different from others that I have tasted.

As it was near closing time (8.00 pm) Miss Chu found time to chat with us and we learn more about Yee Kee's history. The original founder Mr. Poon Yee (Miss Chu's Grand Father) hails from Dai Dong Poh village, Ding'an county, located in Hainan, China. Dai Dong Po village is famous for its beef noodles which combine the scrumptious ingredients of pickled cabbage, fried peanuts, sesame and beef jerky. This recipe was brought by Mr. Poon Yee to Seremban and started operating in the old Seremban market in the 1930's. It became a huge success and people were talking about Seremban Beef Noodles. Yee Kee's Beef Noodles which later moved to Temiang (run by Miss Chu's mother). Today at the current location with the traditional recipe but served in a comfortable environment (air-con) with modern decorations will be handed down for generations to come.

Miss Chu was keen in knowing how the traditional recipe tasted. I honestly told her that it was different and unique (Hainanese style) from the ones that most people are used to, smiled and said "Good!". KC ordered a take away (Beef Noodles in Soup). Thats how "Good!" it is.

Miss Chu
012-351 8602
Seremban Yee Kee Beef Noodles
No. 32, Jalan Dato Lee Fong Yee
70000 Seremban NS.

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