CNN has rated Penang’s Asam Laksa is the world number 7 most delicious food [source] and it’s the pride of Penang and Malaysia. I was surprised and excited with the rating, it’s not just top 100, or top 50, it’s top 10! The smelly and weird taste of the sourish soup and prawn paste makes it the delicious dang for you to enjoy.
No doubt, it is too my most favourite Penang food of all time as I have grown up alongside with this number 7 title. I am a super asam laksa fans especially for it sourish sweet soup and the thick white noodle, mixed with a bunch ingredient like onion, shredded fish, pineapple slice, cucumber, lettuce, common mint and ginger buds which makes it a perfect dish that could be eaten at anytime of the day. The mouthwatering food makes my hometown, Penang stands out to the world.
Ever since I come to KL to study, I have been missing the asam laksa quite a lot and there’s actually not really much that can be compare to the authentic one in Penang. Many tried to imitate, but many failed. However, I have a great surprised last night where I had asam laksa for dinner, introduced my KY.
This asam laksa is located to what the local known as – Alisan, or to be general is somewhere near Taman Bahagia LRT Station. With the help of GPS, we successfully arrived at the place, which is an open air food stalls by road, behind a row of shoplots.
I felt amaze when I saw a queue of people lining up for the food served at the asam laksa stall. It’s a self-service stall. What’s different is that it’s stated Kedah Asam Laksa, instead of what you normally see – Penang Asam Laksa. Nevertheless, Kedah is just next to Penang and the fragrance of the laksa soup circulate to my nose buds. “Ohh, it must be good”, I told myself. =)
The queue took about 15 minutes. Despite the queue, my friend, Arron and I waited anxiously for our turn. They do not offers just asam laksa, but a variety of dishes like Mee Jawa, Teochew Mee Teow, Chai Koay (vegetable cake), and few others more, and too beverage. Even though there’s a variety of food to choose, our main pick was still the asam laksa, but we ordered a Mee Jawa and two pieces of Chai Koay to try out too.
You will be amazed with the serving as it’s served in a plate instead of a bowl but you have nothing to worry. Malay do serve asam laksa in this way too, it’s just that the soup is lesser than a normal bowl of asam laksa. The white noodle is cut into shorter strip to ease eating on a plate and spoon.
First thing first was trying the soup and with much anticipation, it didn’t failed my taste buds. The sourish and sweetness exploded in my mouth and wash through my throat. “Ahh, this is good”
Shredded fish, cucumber, onion, white noodle, prawn paste and ginger buds were just serving well along with the yummy asam laksa soup. No doubt it’s recommended by the famous food blogger. Price is RM4.50 per plate. Forget about the place of this laksa’s origin, Kedah or Penang, it’s now the best asam laksa, in Klang Valley. I said the best, as I couldn’t find any better, yet.
Mee Jawa a.k.a. Mee Rebus is actually an Indonesian noodle, yet this is rather famous among the Chinese community. With much curiousity, we ordered a plate to give our taste buds a try. Unfortunately, there’s no explosion in my mouth and mind. Not really a thing that will make me to order it again. Price is RM4.50.
At only RM0.70 a piece, we ordered two pieces of Teochew Chai Koay to try. With a dipped in the special made chilli sauce, it actually made my day even better. The crunchy vegetable and the skin makes it good.
Lastly, my dinner ended with a bowl of ice kacang / ABC (RM2.80) which I like the most is the price firstly and the tower of shredded ice hiding a bunch of yummy ingredient e.g. red beans, grass jelly, jelly bubble and sweet red syrup. It’s indeed a good one provided a good price.