One of the most popular outlets in the country must be the Balik Pulau Asam Laksa

Posted on 17 July 2008


Disclaimer : I saw & digitized this from a page of The Star, but can’t remember exactly who’s article is this, so dear author of below article, thanks & sorry yah:
1) I ‘ciplak’-ed this because I plan to use it when I go Penang :).
2) I put it here, because internet is among the easiest way to retrieve info.

One of the most popular outlets in the country must be the Balik Pulau Asam Laksa, which The Star Street Food Guide recommends as one of the best.

The stall in a corner coffee shop, Lam Kong Kedai Kopi next to the market in Main Road Balik Pulau, sees an endless stream of regulars stopping for their dose of the addictive assam laksa.

The assam laksa is tangy, not fishy and slightly sweet from the addition of pineapples. The stall-owner uses ikan curut for his soup, like all other assam laksa sellers in the area.

Penang, which is thoroughly famous for assam laksa, also has several stalls in Gurney Drive selling this fare that can be considered fairly authentic.

In Nibong Tebal, the stall Wan Li, next to the Tua Pek Kong temple in Jawi town, the assam laksa is served with a difference – prawn fritters. It is a cross between the Penang and Kedah versions and it has been around for more than 80 years.

Balik Pulau and Air Itam are famous for the laksa, in a region already full of good laksa stalls, and Kim, who took over the stall on Main Road from the elderly couple who retired after running it for over three decades, is one where many people head for all the time.

The market next door also has a stall equally famous.

The other well-known places are in Lorong Selamat, Swatow Lane and Penang Road, next to the famous Chendol stall, which also has a branch in Anson Road, and Ah Sean’s at the corner of Jalan Krian and Macalister Road.

Mak Cik Putih, 60, for example, has been running her stall selling homemade “Tanjung Bungah Laksa” in Shamrock Bay, on the coast road to Batu Ferringhi, every weekend for the past 20 years.

People from all over Malaysia have pulled up to eat at her little makeshift stall, sometimes taking 10 or 20 packs home with them. She charges just RM1.70 for a bowl.

Burmese Maung Gyi’s hearty version of this local favourite is available from the Swee Kong corner coffeeshop, Jalan Moulmein, opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station in the afternoons, with its discernible pieces of fish.

He also has a regular spot at the Tanjung Bungah Market Pasar Malam, which is held every Tuesday evening, where he dispenses mainly takeaway laksa with speed and a cheerful smile.

In recent years, many of these stalls have added a “lemak” version to their menu, but to many, Penang laksa is first and foremost the original assam laksa.