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Eatsy Malaysia: Penang Asam Laksa.

Etsy has a series of weekly post, Eatsy, where they talk about the seasonal dishes they are digging into. With Malaysia’s rich cultural background and almost endless food from heaven, I thought we can also start sharing what we can eat and find all around Malaysia. We’re hoping to have Eatsy Malaysia posts up for 3 times a month, so if you have a favourite recipe of a local cuisine to share, or have found the best char koay teow, email huey@nottypooch.com with photos and write-ups! :)

To kickstart this series of oh-so-yummy posts, I would like to share one of my favourite local dishes in Penang from one of my favourite stalls. Before this, my apologies on the not-so-great photos, as I was unexpectedly not equipped with my compact camera during the recent food hunt, and had to resolve using the camera on my mobile phone.

If you love sour and spicy, you’ll love this. Penang Asam Laksa is often found served with thick rice noodles. Asam is the Malay word for tamarind. It gives the soup a sour taste. Common ingredients for a bowl of Penang Asam Laksa include shredded mackerel (ikan kembung), cucumber, pineapple, lettuce, onions, chili, mint, lemongrass, and sweet shrimp paste.

There is a particular stall selling Penang Asam Laksa that I love the most. It’s just right opposite where I used to study. It was quite a distance away when I was younger and I remember walking along the road with my friends just to have a bowl of laksa and a glass of sugarcane juice. Those were the days!

And if I remember correctly, this stall also started the culture of serving fried spring roll with Asam Laksa, which then lead to dipping fried spring roll in Asam Laksa – a totally awesome way to please your taste buds. So if you happen to visit Penang, make sure to try this out. It’s open daily (except Tuesday), from about 11am-4pm or 5pm. I can’t find the row of shop lots on Google Map, but it’s just right opposite Penang Chinese Girls’ High School as shown in the map.

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