I’m sure people from Penang have their favourites when it comes to Asam Laksa or Penang Laksa, but as a visitor to the island, I too have mine.
Mine is the famous asam laksa at Air Itam, or sometimes also referred to the Kek Lok Si Temple laksa because it’s located at the foot of the hill leading to the famous temple.
The stall is opposite the Air Itam market and situated on the five foot way. You won’t miss it because it’ll be packed with people queueing for their laksa, or tables of people waiting for their bowls of noodles.
The asam laksa at this famous stall is thick, sour, spicy and absolutely delicious. It is served with thick rice noodles and the flaked fish is fairly generous.
Enjoy it with a dash of hei ko or shrimp/prawn paste, for a piquant flavour. Portions only come in 1 size, and because it’s quite far from the regular eating places that tourists visit, enjoying 2 bowls at a go isn’t uncommon.
Ambiance – It’s a hawker stall so creature comforts are few. Enjoy the meal, mop up your sweat and go. Parking is very hard to get around the area, and it can be hot. On weekends or public holidays, queues can be very long as well.
Service – Fairly quick depending on how long the queue is and how busy the stall is.
Taste – Excellent! For me, this is the best asam laksa in Penang!
Price – I can’t remember the prices but it isn’t astronomical. When I was last there, I believe it was about RM4 a bowl.
Air Itam Asam Laksa
Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong,
11500 Pulau Pinang
Use Waze – it’s the easiest way to get there or head towards Kek Lok Si Temple
Air Itam Asam Laksa, Penang
The best asam laksa in Penang. It’s well portioned, and the noodles are just right in their springiness. The soup contains a healthy portion of flaked fish and has their taste well balanced in being by turns salty, spicy and sour. Parking is very hard to find, and it is far to get to if you are a regular tourist to Penang, but it is absolutely worth the trek. I will always return when I can.