Penang Assam Laksa @ Air Itam Market

The strong aroma of the herbs, the sourness of the soup and the quality of our Penang prawn paste makes our Penang hawker food, the Assam Laksa so different from the others. There are many places around town that sells this noodle and the more well known Assam Laksa is from the stall beside the Ayer Itam Market.


A dish that tantalizes the taste buds

For those that have not tried this dish, it is definitely worth doing so. A bowl of sourish sweet Assam Laksa has smooth Lai Fen (noodle) with topped on ingredients of bunga kantan (ginger flower bud), onion, cucumber, lettuce, red chili, mint leaves, chili padi and drizzle with Heh Koh (prawn paste).




Condiment of Heh Koh (prawn paste)

A pot of boiling fish stock with plenty of fish flake with the distinctive flavor from the assam (tamarind), lemongrass, galangal (lengkuas) and chili.


The soup has a thicker texture compared to many others

The owner was seen busy preparing a bowl of Assam Laksa. To make sure the noodle is serve piping hot; the owner will pour the soup into the bowl and out back into the pot several times.



It is indeed mouth watering just looking at the bowl of Assam Laksa with the thick rice noodles in the fish soup brimming with flavor.



The stall is right beside the small market place but it can accommodate groups of visitors and tourist arriving in bus loads visiting the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. It’s very difficult to say whether this is the best Assam Laksa or being over rated by some, but with the amount of customers day in and day out, I guess its popularity is there.


The stall is open from lunch hour right up to around 8pm. Click here for the Map Location. As for me, I am going for my bowl of Assam Laksa later. Hopefully get to hear about your favorite Assam Laksa stall too.

Assam Laksa Air Itam Market
Pasar Road (Beside the Air Itam Market)
11500 Air Itam

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