Asam Laksa at Taman Emas Kopitiam, Gottlieb Road

It goes really well with fried spring rolls offered by the same stall

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.

Asam Laksa with Spring Roll at Taman Emas Coffee Shop
It goes really well with fried spring rolls - credit: @ofkang

Note: From this same coffee shop, there’s also a Char Koay Teow stall that fries up some really nice duck egg char koay teow. We can’t help but to mention it in this post since you’re going to be here!

Taman Emas Asam Laksa (湾岛头叻沙)


Contact: +6016-4366921

Operating 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)

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: @the_alia