Asam Laksa at Air Itam, Penang

Spicy sour fish stock soup 😍

Asam Laksa at Air Itam, Penang

Your trip to Penang won't be considered complete without trying the assam laksa by the road opposite Ayer Itam market. This famous Penang Asam Laksa stall located just opposite the Ayer Itam market, is a well-known gem of Penang. It has been around for a whopping six decades and it's a place frequent by tourists and the locals.

Be prepared for the limited parking spaces and hot weather as this place is usually packed with both the local penangites and tourists.

Air Itam Asam Laksa

Air Itam Assam Laksa
Air Itam Assam Laksa - credit: @chloe_3617

Once you’ve found available seat, you can then place your orders.

Don’t worry about the wait time as they usually serve fast soon as you found your seatings.

You will likely dig through the generous amount of vege and mashed mackerel fish on your first dip into the bowl.

Mix it well with the shrimp paste before you start slurping away the springy rice noodles.

Air Itam Assam Laksa


Contact: +6012-5007063

Operating Hours: Opens daily 10:30am - 7pm, close on Wednesday

Address: 1 Jalan Pasar Pekan Ayer Itam 11500 Penang

Facebook: Air Itam Assam Laksa

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: @garnisypnp