Penang’s Assam Laksa has been voted No. 7 under CNNGo International Food Survey as “foods worth traveling the world to gorge on”. This is indeed a great testament to the hawkers who work hard to make sure Penang Assam Laksa is not only delicious but as authentic as to what their forefathers did.

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The fish base soup noodle combines many tastes – tangy, spicy, herbal, and salty with slight sweetness to give this dish a unique flavour. The spicy and fishy soup is sour because of the large quantity use of tamarind, which is also known locally as assam.

On the other hand, the generous use of Chinese lettuce, shredded cucumbers, onions, chopped pineapples, mint leaves and finely chopped ginger buds give the dish a distinct aromatic and pungent flavour. Finally the thick sweet and salty shrimp paste, also known as hae ko enhances the dish with a strong fishy taste.

CNNGo voted Penang Assam Laksa as World's No.7 most delicious foods


I have met several foreign food journalists and each time we met, assam laksa seems to appear in their top list of cuisines they would like to try. I have never given it much thought. I guess like many Penangnites, we taken this dish for granted as it can be found nearly in every street corner. I could never have imagined their eagerness to try this dish.

I recalled bringing Dustin Roasa from United States to my favourite assam laksa stall at Air Itam. He took a mouthful and his eyes immediately lit up! To simply put it, he summarised this dish as having a powerful flavour with full of character from the extremely strong fish smell. This was however balanced out by the intensity of the aroma of the rich herbs to give it a taste like none other.

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

Business Hour : Lunch right up to around 8pm.

Click here for more info and the Map Location.

Air Itam Laksa 1

Air Itam Laksa 2

Ivy’s Kitchen
58 Jalan Chow Thye
10250 Penang

Business Hour : Lunch till 9pm

Closed on every Ist Week Monday and 3rd week Monday

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Taman Emas coffee shop
Gottlieb Road

Business Hour  :   2pm till 5pm

Closed on Monday

The corner lot coffee shop is directly opposite Penang Chinese Girl’s High School. Very pack on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more info and Map Location.

CNNGo voted Penang Assam Laksa as World's No.7 most delicious foods


Penang Assam Laksa
Khean Hooi Restaurant
Perak Road

Business Hour : late noon till 5pm

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 more info and the Map Location.

CNNGo voted Penang Assam Laksa as World's No.7 most delicious foods


Chuan Heong Café
Balik Pulau|

This laksa stall is located opposite the old market at Balik Pulau.

Assam Laksa at Chuan Heong Café Balik Pulau Penang

Assam Laksa at Chuan Heong Café in Balik Pulau

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We can talk and write about the taste and ingredients paragraphs after paragraphs but the credit should be given to the Penang hawkers who toll with long hours, taking the painstaking effort to prepare this splendid dish.

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We are very proud that Penang Assam Laksa get to be voted No. 7 under CNNGo International Food Survey. More info of the world’s 50 most delicious foods can be view here.

Besides that, the state is also listed as :

1) “ the culinary capital of Malaysia” by New York Times
2) “20 Best Islands To Live On” by ISLANDS Magazine
3) George Town listed 64 positioned by ECA International’s Location Rating Survey of 400 locations globally


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10 comments so far

Lee Choo

Balik Pulau asam laksa is my favourite:)

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for sharing!

August 2nd, 2011 at 11:18 am

It’s great to have one of our dishes in the Top-10 and I’m extremely proud of that!

I’m dropping by to Penang somewhere in September, we must go on another culinary adventure yea?

CK Lam Reply:

Looking forward to sharing Penang food with you :)

August 2nd, 2011 at 2:22 pm
SG Lee

I’ve fond memories of the Indian hawkers who peddled Penang nyonya kuih and nyonya assam laksa during my childhood days. Very nice sourish laksa gravy whereby after finishing the laksa noodles, one could buy the fried popiah and dipped them in the laksa gravy. Absolutely delicious !

CK Lam Reply:

I came across an Indian man selling it on a push cart recently. Will try to capture him and gather info for a post.

August 2nd, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Oh slurpilicious Penang… It’s fantastic that one of the island’s best known hawker food is being appreciated on a global scale. Hurrah! :)

CK Lam Reply:

Hope to see more of other hawker food making it to international heights in time to come!

August 3rd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Proud of our bowl of Asam Laksa!

CK Lam Reply:

Yes…our Assam Laksa is flying high :)

August 4th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

The ultimate Assam Laksa post … I want I want!

Mmmh … drooling here in Abu Dhabi :-)

ps – Will repost on my FB, great post!

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for sharing it!

August 4th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Ahhh yes… SG Lee, I concurred on that! I used to stay at Victoria Street as kid. My mom always took me to this corner of Lorong Toh Aka and Beach Street in the evening for snack after dinner :-D There was this elderly Indian man with tricycle and large round container of Nyonya Kuih. Laksa then was only RM 0.15 per bowl with basic garnishing and Nyonya Kuih was 1 kupang (RM 0.10) for 2 pcs! Sure missed the good old days :-D

CK Lam Reply:

I will try to feature them in my website.

August 5th, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Derrick Tio

Laksa~ my mom is selling asam and lemak laksa at tanjung bungah! Maybe you can try it and give her some comment? :)

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for sharing the info Derrick!

September 1st, 2011 at 11:03 am

I like Penang Road laksa and balik pulau old market laksa; and you will surprised to find quite tasty laksa and 3layer tea in fountain cafe carnarvon street too

November 6th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
Ah Keat

The famous indian uncle which used to sell asam laska at the back of firma supermarket (Penang Plaza) currently selling in One Corner Cafe at Jalan Bawasah. Still the best asam laksa in town served with crispy spring roll. Nyonya Kuih still the same taste ever unfortunatelly they sold out very fast as the business hrs from 12noon to 5pm.

January 18th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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