Some of the most heated political showdowns in the 14th General Election are expected to take place in smaller towns across Malaysia. Fortunately for voters, these places double as great foodie hubs. We look at the delectable food you can find at three hotly contested constituencies.
Seremban, Negri Sembilan
The culinary flavours of this capital is predominantly influenced by the cooking style of the Hakka, which forms the majority of Chinese people here.
An obvious food recommendation is the iconic Seremban siew pau. People from all over the country travel here for a taste of the buttery pastry buns filled with juicy roast pork. The siew pau is best consumed when it’s fresh out of the oven, but just be careful not to burn your tongue! Two big establishments here are Empayar Seremban Siew Pow and Asia Siew Pow Master.
Fresh and flaky grubs aside, Seremban is also famous for its selection of noodles. The beef noodles are usually partnered with beef jerkies and beef balls. Then there’s the vermicelli with squid, a dish that’s unique to Seremban. The dish comes with delicious thick gravy, aromatic pork and of course, a generous serving of squid. Make a stop at the Seremban Market to sample some of these dishes.
The Seremban siew pau is best consumed when it’s fresh out of the oven.
Teluk Intan, Perak
Whatever ideas you have about chee cheong fun, leave them behind when you’re in Teluk Intan (known as Teluk Anson in the old days). The rice noodle roll dish is given a unique interpretation at the Liew Kee (Ah Lek) Chee Cheong Fun stall. Here, visitors are treated to chee cheong fun without any sauce. The rice noodle roll sheets is packed with dried shrimps, jicama and shallots.
Another famous food in Teluk Intan is the Mastan Ghani mee rebus. It’s so good that even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak posted about the dish on his social media accounts! The third-generation establishment serves its mee rebus and rojak with a special sweet-and-spicy gravy.
Elsewhere, the Gulam Rasul nasi kandar is quite the crowd-puller. The fried chicken with curry leaves is especially famous. You can opt to try out other mamak staples such as the rotis and noodles here too.
The Liew Kee (Ah Lek) Chee Cheong Fun stall doesnt drench its rice noodle rolls with any sauce.
Durian, durian and more durians! The King of Fruit is pretty much synonymous to this charming town. The road leading to Bentong is often packed with cars from out-of-towners whenever the fruit is in season. So drive around and look out for the best deals.
The town is also home to many Chinese restaurants that incorporate the famous Bentong ginger in their dishes. Whether it’s steamed fish or stir fried wild boar, you can be sure of an aromatic taste thanks to the ginger. Some dishes to look out for include yellow rice wine chicken, claypot frog, cereal fried tofu and pumpkin yam abacus.
After a hearty lunch, how about ice cream for dessert? The over four-decade-old Kow Po coffee stall serves refreshing homemade ice cream.
They produce a range of flavours such as strawberry, chocolate, pandan, coconut, coffee, corn and peanut. Made fresh daily, the texture of the ice cream is smooth and absolutely delicious.
Malaysians near and far often travel to Bentong in Pahang for a taste of amazing durians.