The food most synonymous with Seremban is possibly the Seremban siew pow. There are so many places selling what they claim to be the famed siew pow, but which is actually the genuine one?
The original and genuine siew pow can be found in Empayar Seremban Siew Pow located in Pasar Besar Negeri Sembilan, just off the Labu/Seremban toll (1st Seremban toll if you're travelling from KL). Turn right at the traffic lights, then make a U-turn before the next traffic light. Take the first left turning and then turn right and you will see Empayar Seremban Siew Pow on your left. Don't be put off by the location in a "market", as it is in a completely separate building altogether.
They also have several franchises around Seremban town, but I feel this branch sells the best-tasting and consistently good siew pows.
Siew pow is a baked pastry bun with flavoursome and moist meat fillings, either pork, chicken, curry chicken or vegetarian. It is best eaten piping hot, so you can enjoy the crunchy, light and flaky pastry to its maximum potential.
They also make a Crispy Siew Pow version, where no oil is coated on the siew pow outer skin. This makes the siew pow look lacklustre in appearance, however many claim that this version is much tastier with a buttery texture. I sampled this today, and found that if the the siew pow is eaten with a drink, then the pastry melts in your mouth and you can taste the rich buttery pastry.
The famed siew pow is so popular that many Seremban folk buy them to give away to relatives and friends. We have friends asking us to buy some and bring it all the way to Malacca/KL for them. Most weekends, this place is heaving with tourists (you can see a few tour buses lined outside) and the siew pows sell like hot cakes!
The crispy kaya puff here is also excellent, the pastry is really flaky with thick delicious kaya filling. Kaya is a type of thick coconut jam.
I also like the pineapple tarts here, the pineapple filling is very moist and not overly sweet.
They also do egg tarts here, but I feel that the pastry is rather dry and has deteriorated over the years. The durian tart pastry looks like it would have a nicer texture to it, but I avoid it due to the durian filling.
Location: Empayar Seremban Siew Pow, LG1-57, Tingkat Bawah Tanah, Pasar Besar Negeri Sembilan, Jalan Besar TBK 4, Taman Bukit Kepayang, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.