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Ahhhh, asam laksa, the other Penang hawker food that makes up the big three must try dishes whenever one visits the pearl of orient. The other two, of course, are char kueh teow, and prawn mee.

wholesome penang laksa
the glorious Penang laksa, look at the amount of fish!

While you can find pretty decent char kueh teow (aunty gemuk at Kelana Jaya, Seng Lee at Damansara Height), and behind and prawn mee (such as this one at Yon Lee, TTDI) in Klang Valley, getting a good bowl of asam laksa outside Penang proved to be much tougher.

The best asam laksa I’ve found this side of Peninsular Malaysia  would be the stall at Alisan, SS4. While it ‘s pretty good and positively edible, there’s still quite a big departure in quality when you compare that to those from Penang.

penang laksa stall by jalan gottlieb
Laksa at Taman Emas kopitiam, opposite Peng Hwa high school

While the Ayer Itam stall often gets the nod as one of the best Penang laksa, many locals from this part of the island usually prefer this stall within Taman Emas kopitiam at Jalan Gottlieb.

This is the same stall that used to operate at the intersection between Jalan Bagan Jermal and Jalan Tanjung Tokong, some half a kilometers away. I remember mom used to tapao from there over 20 years ago.

popiah, chee cheong fun, chai kueh, and laksa
popiah, chee cheong fun, chai kueh, and laksa

The laksa, selling at RM 2.80, comes with fresh cucumber, lemongrass, vegetable, torch ginger flower, pineapple, sweet prawn paste, chili, and that asam based broth thicken with porch and shredded ikan kembong meat. Heaven!

The stall also sells deep fried pohpiah that goes very well with the broth, and the chai kueh is not bad either.

KY and Shiang
KY and Shiang

For those who might not fancy laksa as much, there’s curry mee and char kueh teow stalls too. We ended up tapao-ing 10 packets of laksa to KL. Note the number of pre-packed noodle they’ve prepared in the photo above to give you an indication of how popular this place is.

The shop operates from late breakfast to afternoon. Try it!

map of taman emas kopitiam at jalan gottlieb

Taman Emas kopitiam
Jalan Gottlieb
10350 Georgetown, Penang

GPS: 5.433316,100.302864

When it is 4 in the afternoon, you are feeling hungry but don’t feel like spending a fortune at one of those Char Chan Teng (茶餐厅) nor greasing yourself at the nearest Mamak stall, try getting some old school Chinese light dishes and Tong Sui at places like this stall at Seapark’s Kedai Kopi Khong.

Tong Sui at Seapark Kedai Kopi Khong
a very busy stall

The stall operates from around 4 something at the afternoon till late evening. The menu is actually pretty extensive, here you can find at least 5 types of Tong Sui (糖水) (varies day to day), fried noodle and mee hun, fried poh piah, chee cheong fun, yam cake, yau char kuai (油條), and more.

For this “high tea” session, the two of us ordered 2 pieces of chee cheong fun for each person, and a pair of fried poh piah. I had the “On Soon” (安顺) Chee Cheong Fun that came with some ingredients such as dried shrimp in it, while the other noob ordered the plain variety. I also ordered the bean curd skin Tong Sui with Gingko nuts, and the noob had another type tong sui with the name that escapes my mind right this moment.

Tong Sui at Seapark Kedai Kopi Khong
tong sui, 2 types of chee cheong fun, pohpiah

The On Soon Chee Cheong Fun (top right photo on above collage) is a pretty interesting dish, it sort of bridge between the plain Chee Cheong Fun and the Hong Kong variety that are prepared with generous amount of ingredients. The dried shrimps and (I believe) radish provides some interesting texture and offers a unique taste unlike the other two types. The Tong Sui I had was very good too, with decent portion of Gingko nuts and very smooth bean curd skin. As for the Poh Piah, well, I can find better ones at Melaka, but this was actually decent.

map to Seapark Kedai Kopi Khong
map of seapark

The Tong Sui were RM 1.30 each, and the rest all adds up to less than RM 10 for two, pretty fair price for the food we got. This place tends to get very busy just before the twilight hours, do give it a try.

Junction of Jalan 21/19 and 21/22,
Seapark, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.109749, 101.621357