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Best Assam Laksa in Penang

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5 Must Eat Asam Laksa in Penang - @awt_0101

Assam Laksa is not only an iconic dish in Penang. This is also a dish named as the World's Best Food by CNN Travel. It shows how remarkably special Penang Assam Laksa is internationally. So, obviously this is a MUST EAT if you're visiting Penang.

Sweet, sour and spicy are those magical words that will instantly come into mind when we mention Assam Laksa.

With so many food courts and hawker stalls in Penang offering Asam Laksa, sometimes we'd get so overwhelmed with choices.

After all, we have only one stomach, that can only fit in so much food at one go. 😤

You wouldn't want to waste that quota, for a bowl that are not up to your standard, would you?

In this article, we try our best to bring you some of the most popular Assam Laksa; that are really good in our opinion.

Whenever you're craving for a bowl of piping hot, sour and spicy laksa broth, this is the list you want to come back to!

Note: List is in no particular order; we will continue to update this post when we found something worth mentioning to you.

Best Assam Laksa in Penang

  1. 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.

    Editor's note: In fact, many finds the laksa here more consistent than the famous one opposite.

    Air Itam Food Court Laksa Bisu (哑巴 Laksa)

    Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm

    Address: Air Itam Food Court 11500 Air Itam Penang

    Rating: 4/5Price: $$


  2. Asam Laksa at Taman Emas Kopitiam, Gottlieb Road

    This famous but less-talked-about laksa stall is also called the Peng Hwa Laksa (as it is located opposite Penang Chinese Girl's School). The place is generally quite well-known to the locals around this area. The soup is slightly sweeter and less on the sourish and spicy side if you compare it to other famous stall. You can of course, ask them to add in extra chili if you prefer it spicier.

    Editor's note: It goes really well with fried spring rolls offered by the same stall

    Taman Emas Asam Laksa (湾岛头叻沙)

    Contact: +6016-4366921

    Hours: Open daily 12pm - 5pm, Close on Monday

    Address: 1 Jalan Gottlieb 10350 George Town Penang

    Facebook: Taman Emas Asam Laksa (湾岛头叻沙)

    Rating: 4/5Price: $$


  3. 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.

    Editor's note: Spicy sour fish stock soup 😍

    Air Itam Assam Laksa

    Contact: +6012-5007063

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

    Address: 1 Jalan Pasar Pekan Ayer Itam 11500 Penang

    Facebook: Air Itam Assam Laksa

    Rating: 3/5Price: $$$


  4. Penang Road Laksa at Lebuh Keng Kwee

    This famous assam laksa has been operating in Joo Hooi Coffee Shop for almost five decades; in recent years, they have moved to a new shoplot further down on the same Lebuh Keng Kwee. The broth here is lighter comparing to those other famous ones, but nonetheless it is one of the authentic version of Assam Laksa you can find in Penang.

    Editor's note: Penang's Signature Laksa

    Penang Road Laksa

    Contact: +6016-4460543

    Hours: Opens daily 9am - 6pm

    Address: 5 Lebuh Keng Kwee 10100 Georgetown Penang

    Facebook: Penang Road Laksa

    Rating: 3/5Price: $$$$


  5. Kim Laksa in Balik Pulau

    Kim Laksa located at Nan Guang Kopitiam (in Balik Pulau) offers both Penang Asam Laksa and Siam Laksa. The broth here has more fish flakes than what we will normally get. It also tasted less spicy and more sourish.

    Editor's note: It also goes really well with spring rolls!

    Balik Pulau Laksa

    Contact: +6017-4464959

    Hours: Opens daily 1am - 5pm, close on alternate Mondays and every Tuesday

    Address: 67 Main Road Balik Pulau 11000 Balik Pulau Penang

    Facebook: Balik Pulau Laksa

    Rating: 3/5Price: $$$


So there you have it, our latest list of best Assam Laksa you should try in Penang.

Which one have you tried so far? And which one is your favourite?

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