Laksa Bisu at Air Itam Market Food Court

In fact, many finds the laksa here more consistent than the famous one opposite.

Laksa Bisu at Air Itam Market Food Court

The assam laksa stall located inside the Air Itam Market is known to many as Laksa Bisu. A family-run business started since the 1948; currently managed by a brother-sister duo. The word 'Bisu' means muted, as in the person can't speak nor hear. The stall owner (brother) is muted since birth.

The stall was named bisu so people would understand and use ‘hand signs’ to place orders.

That doesn’t stops him from serving a good bowl of authentic Penang asam laksa that tastes as good as the opposite stall.

Air Itam Laksa Bisu
Air Itam Laksa Bisu - credit: @villngiam

In fact, we find this stall serves more consistent and flavourful broth than the famous one just right opposite of Air Itam Market.

On the first sip, you can already taste the generous amount of mackerels used to prepare this broth.

Laksa Bisu at Air Itam Market
Laksa Bisu at Air Itam Market - credit: @eaxix

The sweet tangy fish broth comes with fresh vegetables, silky smooth laksa noodle that matches so well with each other.

Along with generous amount of flaked fish meats, a bowl of authentic Penang Assam Laksa here is done and ready to fix anyone’s craving.

Air Itam Food Court Laksa Bisu (哑巴 Laksa)


Operating Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm

Address: Air Itam Food Court 11500 Air Itam Penang

Asam Laksa is a spicy sour, fish and tamarind based soup.

Usually mackerel is used to prepare the fish broth; while there are also places which prepares them with a mix of mackerels and sardine.

After a couple hours of boiling, the fish meats disintegrates (and broken into small chunks) which will then become part of the final broth.

This dish is served with generous amount of finely sliced cucumbers, onions, red chilis, pineapples, lettuce, mint leaves, ginger flower, and thick rice noodles.

A spoonful of thick and sweet shrimp paste (hae ko) is added to further enhance the taste.

Penang Asam Laksa is ranked #7 of the World’s 50 Best Foods by CNN Travels.

Heads up! When it comes to food and experience, opinions varies from person to person. So please take ours with a pinch of salt.

Photo credit: @chuayy522