Penang Assam Laksa or simply known as Penang Laksa is a fish based spicy noodle soup made with minced mackerel or sardine, tamarind and chili.
To top the dish, a spoonful of shrimp paste adds even more flavour to the soup.
One of the must have street food in Penang but be forewarned, this is a hot and sour dish.
An alternative, often found in the northern region of the Island is the Thai influenced Penang Laksa, known as the Lemak Laksa.
Although the noodle and ingredients are similar, the soup is creamy and less sour owning to the coconut milk, lemon grass and lime.
This is a well known local dish and it originates from the Peranakan Culture, a marriage of tradition between the Chinese and Malay cultures.
Where to find Penang Assam Laksa: Balik Pulau Market, Ayer Itam Market, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Pulau Tikus Market, New World Park
Heat Level: Spicy / Soup is Medium Spicy / Cut Chilli is optional / Specify your desired heat level when placing your order.
If you can’t get to Penang or simply want to prepare this at home, why not try one of the cook books below: