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One of the must-eat item (especially for females, I don’t know why) in Penang is the Asam Laksa. The most famously stall would be this one at Air Itam, walking distance from the Kek Lok Si temple, by the alley across the morning market.

Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
a walkway packed with hungry people

The place is not particularly hygienic or comfortable, just some tables and the stalls by the busy road, partially exposed to the element. But hey, we’re here for the food anyway.

The Penang Laksa, popularly referred to as Asam Laksa in other parts of the country, comes in a sourish fish (ikan kembung) based soup with thick rice noodle, plenty of shredded pineapple, lettuce, red chili, cucumber, onion, galangal (curry flower), and lemon grass. All these are topped with some mint leaves and the thick shrimp paste with a very distinctive love-it or hate-it smell.

Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
yumm… *slurps*

Our order was served up in just a few minutes’ time. Simmering hot and oozing with the glorious laksa smell, we attacked the bowl like a vengeance. There were nothing left 5 minutes later. The combination of sour and spicy soup with the fresh produce and the thick rice noodle was perfect. I never waste the soup either, thick with shredded fish, it has a very unique texture and taste that I find very nice.

Map to Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam
the map of air itam laksa!

The smallish bowl of laksa is yours for RM 2.40. I would never recommend this as a main meal due to the sour and spicy nature of the dish, but it does make a nice afternoon snack. This Air Itam stall serves in the afternoon to evening.

Jalan Pasar,
Ayer Itam, Penang

GPS: 5.401386, 100.277377

Discuss : KY eats – Penang Asam Laksa at Air Itam

  1. can u recommend any good asam laksa in KL? or PJ?

  2. tihtahpah,

    the mini laksa at Jalan Pasar


    Alisan at PJ

  3. yum yum yummy…tihtahpah….there is one good place down petaling street ive tried it and for me its good…but hell who am not an authority on that since am spanish LOL but you can try, i dint regret slurpin it down…

    oh by the way KY have you ever done a column about the charcoal cooked black hokien mee down there near china town? not so sure what the alley’s name is but its right close to central market 😉 would love to read a feed on that 😀

  4. i seriously need to go back for food.

  5. Who cares about the noodle…..its all about the soup! Whenever I have asam laksa, everything will be gone except the noodles.

  6. actuarrry…this(asam laksa @ air itam) is over rated , no?

  7. Dude… acherly… only RM2.30 nia… ^_^

  8. yummy melaka food! yummy.. i kinda miss it though

  9. Opposite Penang Chinese Girls Hi Skool oso nice leh

  10. bwead,

    This is penang food.. must be a case of a Tuesday blue for you or something. hehe

  11. sorry this comment was suppose to be at the mlk satay celup post *shy*

  12. […] Three of the most well known hawker food originated from Penang are Char Kueh Teow, Asam Laksa, and of course, Prawn Mee (usually referred to as Hokkien mee up north). Of these three, Prawn Mee probably has the highest market penetration in Klang Valley. You could find plenty of hawker centers offering this dish, often claimed to be from Penang. […]

  13. […] When it comes to food in the historical town that is Melaka, there are a few items that you must never miss. Kinda like the Char Kueh Teow and Laksa in Penang, the must-eat items in Melaka are Satey Celup (video!), Chendol, Poh Piah, and of course, perhaps the most famous of all, the Chicken Rice Ball. […]

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  16. i went to the Air Itami Asam Laksa last week with my husband, it’s so disgusting ;( you know what we found a cockroach in the Laksa, my hubby did bite on it ;( Ouch , when we approach them, their answer is, ” I can’t control it cos we r too busy “

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