Love Penang Assam Laksa topped with the pungent hae kor (prawn paste)? I am sure many Penangites and tourist alike love this Penang classic dish for its tangy and sourish taste. My crave for Assam Laksa would have me going all the way out to the Air Itam Market and at times visiting the stall in Gottlieb Road and Johor Road.


All the ingredients for Assam Laksa

Lately I came across a stall in Perak Road serving this delicacy. This is a slightly different version of laksa. It comes with add-on ingredient and a whole big piece of deboned fish which you can bite into. The slightly sweet brown and tangy sourish fish based soup is not too thick and neither too light.



This bowl of Assam Laksa with Lai Fen (noodle) is generously garnished with cucumber, pineapple, red chilies, lettuce, onions and pieces of fish. Hot and piquant fish soup would be added on followed by mint leaves, shredded bunga kantan (ginger flower bud) and hae kor (prawn paste).


You can have the laksa on its own or with the unique add-on large round fish balls which is a popular item among the customers. A basic bowl of Assam Laksa cost RM2.40 with every additional fish ball at RM0.30 per ball.


Large round fish balls in the pot of hot and piquant fish soup


If you are a big fan of Assam Laksa and like to discover the pleasure of having it with fish ball, then check out this stall at Khean Hooi Restaurant (coffee shop style). Who knows, this laksa could be the dish for you. I personally enjoyed the tempting bowl of Assam Laksa but not used to having the add-on fish ball!


The corner coffee shop is located on Perak Road with its frontage facing Sum San Primary School and its side on Perak Lane. Click here for the Map Location.

Penang Assam Laksa
Khean Hooi Restaurant
Perak Road

Business Hour : late noon till 5pm

GPS Coordinates : N5 2412.5   E100 1857.1

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 4:20 pm and is filed under Assam Laksa, Hawker, Jelutong, Noodles, Penang, Street Food. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

41 comments so far


Look so delicious !! Make me drooling..

January 19th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Fishy fish ball plus fishy soup. Got try!

January 19th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

This look the same like the Farlim Shell laksa. I loves the deboned fish in whole big chunk. It is so fresh. Will try this out next time when I am in that area. Thanks for sharing!

January 19th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Excellent!! Another worthwhile laksa stall – looks like they use the original mackerel rather than the much maligned sardine replacement! Definitely having this, WITH fish balls! :-P

January 19th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) – Not many people can resist this delicacy…the aroma and taste is so tempting :)

Jason Wong – There are not many of this version of laksa in town.

FoOd PaRaDiSe – I have yet to try out the Farlim Shell laksa.

550ml jar of faith @minchow – It is totally different having it with original mackerel.

January 19th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

already “lau nooah” got to try lah…

January 19th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Agree with Food Paradise, this looks same as the Farlim one. Oh! Fish ball in my bowl of laksa is definitely my taste!

January 19th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

hApPy HaPpY – Planning for your next visit, already? :)

allie – I would be going to try out the Farllim Laksa soon.

January 19th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

wah, I’m drooling liao. Please bring me there next time.

January 20th, 2010 at 1:42 am

Are those their homemade fish balls?

January 20th, 2010 at 7:54 am

This is my favourite stall and certainly its delicious and cheap!

January 20th, 2010 at 9:36 am

hm….is this the laksa that was oposite the Shell station at jelutong last time?

i love the laksa there last time, but was not there very long liao, dont knw shifted to where.

anyway, thanks for the tip, will go there! :p

January 20th, 2010 at 10:54 am

taukwa – Will sure take you around to the new makan places that you have not been.

Little Inbox – Nope, I saw them in ready packed plastic bags.

foodntravella – I only knew about it recently.

samlee860407 – Not too sure if this is from the opposite of Shell station at jelutong. Hopefully other readers can shine some light into this…

January 20th, 2010 at 11:09 am

Like those chunky fish and only one fishball?

January 20th, 2010 at 11:24 am

wah, great!!! can “ga liu” (add ingredient)

January 20th, 2010 at 11:39 am
dessert lover

dear madam, i recommend u d good laksa
at perak road MARKET (near bomba) u won’t
see along roadside…but u drive in to d end u wil see it…the lady have been sell since her mum time i think more than 20 years..
close on mon (2 to 5 pm was safe).

January 20th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

foodbin – This was my first visit and was surprised to see the fish ball, so I ordered only one. Customers can add-on as many as they wish.

mimid3vils – Very seldom hear people mentioned of ga liu in a laksa stall, right? I was surprised too!

dessert lover – I will try to search for this stall that has been serving the people for more than 20 years. Thanks for sharing ya!

January 20th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

One of my fav laksa stall

January 20th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I love LAKSA!!!
the Farlim Petrol Station LAksa tastes nice too!!!

January 20th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

email2me – And I only knew about it recently :(

modo alimentare – Do try out this version and share with me your views. As for myself, I will make a visit to try out the Farlim Laksa soon.

January 21st, 2010 at 12:19 am

Fish ball with Laksa, that is an unique combination. So far I had tried poh piah chee and laksa only

January 21st, 2010 at 1:28 am

weii..cannot take the pic till so nice 1 la..till now i even can smell the taste of it..:p

January 21st, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Looks real great. I’ll print this out after having my printer fixed (@%$!&!!#) and will visit the place when back! Cheers

January 21st, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Steven Goh – First for me too…haha

taufulou – Your photos are just as good la :)

Jay-P. – Good idea of yours collecting all the yummy food.

January 21st, 2010 at 6:59 pm

dear samlee860407,
the laksa u mention already moved near to the vmart convenience stores. at the corner coffee shop.

January 21st, 2010 at 10:31 pm

first time i am seeing such pieces of fish on top of assam laksa. looks yummy!

January 22nd, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Yer, CK Lam, lu siar wa… :-(

January 22nd, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Yeah, I am not used to seeing fishballs in my bowl of laksa as well, though the famous Big Tree Foot in Ipoh serves laksa to go along with the YTF.

January 22nd, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi CK,

Richard here, remember me?


Belanja u makan when i back penang.

January 22nd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

aquarius – thanks for sharing the info :)

xin – It is a new experience!

MnYfoodtalk – Haha… cannot resist the temptation of the laksa?

J2Kfm – I usually have the curry mee with the YTF in the Big Tree Foot stall instead of laksa.

purpleserenity – How can I forget you, Richard. Sill waiting for your trip back and we go makan makan.

January 22nd, 2010 at 8:06 pm

yes, u should try out the perak road market laksa, is much more nicer. this stall, the fish are a bit smelly as they used sardine fish instead of ikan kembung. another good one is at perak lane( the coffee shop that sell soup bihun at night), afternoon fr 2pm onwards .nice laksa too :)

January 22nd, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I love the first pic of all the ingredients before they are combined together in a magical mixture of sour and savoury and spicy goodness… :)

January 23rd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I have never tried assam laksa with fish ball!! Looks really good!

January 25th, 2010 at 4:26 am

reen – that sounds interesting. Will find some time in the afternoon to visit this stall of yours.

Life for Beginners – I kept looking at it after your comment, deliciously colorful :)

mycookinghuy – It is a favorite for many ppl. Do try it.

January 25th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

just some opinion of y not using kembung instead of sardine. there is lots of ppl will ask wat fish u are using as some chinese believe that kembung is ‘poisonuous’.. well, it’s hard to make everyone satisfied..

January 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

basically i love the laksa u just posted, the one at the perak raod market and also then one in perak lane (the other end where u can have bihun soup in the evening) …i grew up there…hehehe

January 26th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

to aquarius,

thanks for telling me, will go try both soon , can’t wait for them LOL

January 27th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

i use to eat this since i am small…miss the fishballs a lot…always wanted for extra fishball… :D

January 29th, 2010 at 10:46 am

tzes – I truly agree with you.

hojiak – Would love to try out your recommended places…thanks!

mokusang – Most of the customers end up having the add-on of fishballs.

February 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Michael Lim

Yes, we always enjoy it when back to Penang during holidays.

Ah Boon Laksa already with me for the past 20 years + …. taste good and perfect.

May 3rd, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Try the newly opened stall of assam laksa at fountain cafe 262 carnarvon street, you will be amazed!!! Enjoy

November 4th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Leave a reply

Name (*)
Mail (will not be published) (*)

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin