Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Empayar Seremban Siew Pow - The Journey Home

After having brunch earlier in Johor Bahru, we did some last minute shopping in Pelangi Mall and started our journey back to Kuala Lumpur. We had actually arrived in Seremban and wanted to go into town for dinner. However, upon turning into Seremban, we were caught in a massive jam! Then nature decided to call and soon from looking for our dinner place, it became a frantic search for the nearest restroom!

I recalled that Empayar Siew Pow (Siew Pow Empire) was somewhere nearby and suggested we detour there. Luckily enough, Munch had a rough idea where it was and soon we reached our destination. We jumped out of the car and made our way to the restrooms located there. We were all so relieved after that (I came out singing "What a feeling...."! Hahaha) and soon we wandered around the "empire". Well, it may be called an empire but the section that sold the famous Seremban Siew Pow (baked pastry with BBQ meat filling) wasn't "empire" huge :o).
Siew Pow Empire
We bought some siew pow and egg tarts home. The egg tarts (I heated them in the toaster oven) tasted better than the siew pow, maybe it's cause I overdosed on siew pow some time back...hehehe!
Snacks
They also sell plenty of snacks for those interested in grabbing some other goodies

There was still a traffic jam out there (we could see the traffic from where we were) and we decided to abandon the plan of going into town. We saw quite a number of diners at the hall area of this place and decided to eat here to save ourselves the trouble. We had wanted to order some fried noodles as we weren't that hungry but were told that noodles weren't available. When we pointed out the nearby table of diners who were having it, we were told that they were tour guides and such food items are not cooked for "normal diners" during dinnertime (meaning it's available at other time?). We found it rather odd in a way, forcing customers to order a la carte dishes but of course this is a tourist stopover, hence such a policy.
Special Tofu with Mushroom & Vegetables
We ordered the Special Tofu with Mushroom & Vegetables - The tofu is mixed with a paste of fish and prawn, dip in light batter and fried. This was actually very tasty.
Salt Baked Chicken
Apart from ordering a standard plate of vegetable we also tried the staff's recommendation, Salt Baked Chicken. The kampung chicken was a bit on the dry side and there wasn't enough gravy. Seems that there are quite a number of special dishes whipped up by the resident chef. Check out the menu along with other info HERE.

So, dinner was okay and prices are higher than usual but this place serve its purpose well as being a one stop centre for us; toilet break, famous Seremban snacks and dinner!

Empayar Seremban Siew Pow
LG1-57, Lower Ground
Pasar Besar Negeri Sembilan
Jalan Besar TBK 4
Taman Bukit Kepayang
70200 Seremban
Negeri Sembilan

Tel : 06-60163089

Well, I arrived home and never felt more relieved to be sleeping in my own bed after that horrendous day I had in Singapore after getting ill. I must say, there's no place like home and after a few days of rest, I was all well in time for Christmas celebration. I know, it's March now and I still have lots in my photo archives ;o).


Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven


24 comments:

Judy said...

Siew paus....reminds me of my sister. My dad used to go to Bukit Bintang to buy them cos they were her favourites.

I prefer egg tarts. Where is photo of egg tarts? :P

Nic (KHKL) said...

didn't know sban siew pow is now an empayar...terror leh...soon, there will be a tvb drama on the siew pow saga with a word "wind" thrown in (they always do that)...and you will sing the theme song..hehe :>

daphne said...

The sound of tofu mixed with fish and prawn is delightful. So creative! Good find. And siew bao... I miss siew bao!

Hazza said...

Been many years since I had siew pau. Another exclusively Malaysian Chinese delicacy! Can you not get it as good in KL / PJ?

JOjo said...

Seremban Siew Pow, my fav!!!
if ever they are in Sg, they'll beat the rest!

Ling's Passion said...

I like Seremban siew pow too. Yummy, yummy...

J2Kfm said...

Eh, think i tried the tofu with fish paste deep fried before. Forgot where, but pretty nice la cz outside crispy and filling soft and fragrant. Dipped in sweet chilli sauce, YUMMY! Wanna try the siew pau frm Seremban badly la!

wmw said...

Judy : I deleted the photos of the egg tart by mistake! Bukit Bintang use to be my fave place to hang around. There use to be a lovely stall in a coffeeshop opposite Bukit Bintang Plaze that sold woo kok, char siew pow at night. I miss that place.

Nic : Hahaha...I sing to almost anything!

daphne : Mmm...you're gonna try dishing this up at home? :o)

hazza : The Seremban Siew Pow in Klang Valley are pretty good too! Hahaha...you have lots to eat when you come back to PJ.

jojo : No Singapore Siew Pow???

ling : Ah, bet you could make this. You're part of the Iron Chef clan! :o)

j2kfm : Me wanna eat Ipoh food!:o) You tried it in Ipoh?

team bsg said...

the spreaded wet looking chick has such a nice slim body but you say too dry how come ah ?

tigerfish said...

Siew Pow, Siew Pow...oh my craving for savory pows and pastries....

Rasa Malaysia said...

Wah, those braised mushrooms look very blackylicious...;)

wonda said...

Wah,baked char siew pau - my favorite wor and also woo kok. Two years ago I ate so much baked char siew pau in Malaysia and when I brought back some back and kept them in the fridge, I got satiated with the paus that it took me a week to finish them.

Bernsy said...

actually i stopped looking for Sban siew pow recently... because everyone claims to be SBAN siewpow, I guess only those that carry that logo is da original one...

JOjo said...

singapore siew pow? not sure and i prefer seremban siew pow. Buatan M'sia cheaper and better.hehe...

beachlover said...

I love juicy and warm siew pow with thin dough but didn't have the chance to find it yet!..Hope you feel better:))

Jun said...

why no siew pao pics??

LIVING IN PLANET SINGLE said...

dear ugwug,

this is nothing to do with siew pow.. but, just want to ask you where can i get a good and delicious Tau Sa Peah in KL.. this is may fav kueh ever!.. luv the inti and the skin!

Thanks.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

Wow seremban so small town also can sesak?

next time will go there by train hahaha

wmw said...

Team Bsg : Dry cos not enough gravy to go around.

Tigerfish : No supply over there??? How about making some?

RM : Yalah, I love mushrooms...I think I've said this many times! :o)

wonda : Yah, I love woo kok too...I think more than I love siew pau, hehe...

bernsy : I remember they sold like hotcakes when they first set up in Klang Valley. Now you can find them easily.

jojo : True, cheaper for you :o), envy!

beachlover : I don't think I've found one with thin pastry yet. I'll be sure to let you know when I do and if you come across it first, let me know.

jun : Cos I was too tired to take pics and was contented to just gobbling them up! LOL!

LIPS : Hehehe...Is that why you chose that id? Cos it's LIPS??? You coming back to KL? Actually, I get my supply of such things at the shops in SS2. But I don't know whether it's good stuff to you or not. Nice of you to drop by...

cokeworld citizen : Really woh, we were shocked ourselves, never found out what happened that night to cause such a massive jam.

Big Boys Oven said...

hahahahahah glad you are back!

vkeong said...

Yet to try the real Seremban Siu Pao.. gosh I feel so hungry now

vkeong said...

Oh my I feel so hungry now :(

The nearest thing to Seremban siu pao I can get is Penang "ma thai sou" lol

wmw said...

bbo : Hahaha...by now back and probably could have gone off again.

vkeong : No siew pau in Penang???

lse said...

Never try this Empayar Seremban Siew Pow. Only tried Kee Mei Siew Pow before, you can have a look here.

http://www.gourmetsharing.com/v.aspx?p=d9909905-8e69-4361-8029-c75445275ad4

Next time will go and try this Empayar 1, see which one is the best. :)