I love Penang Hawker Food

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Went to Penang during the Christmas break for a short stay. Penang is a street food heaven, you can find almost every Malaysian nice hawker food in this island. I wish I have a better digestive system to allow me to eat all the nice food here. :(

Went to Air Itam Market area for famous Penang Assam Laska, located along the street in front of Kek Lok Si Temple; Some people call this stall as Kek Lok Si Laksa; Some called it as drain side laksa (because the stall is set a side of a drain). This laksa stall had been mentioned among a lot of foodster, and believe they are one of the best assam laksa in Penang.

I arrive at late afternoon, still the stall was crowded with people ordering laksa. Notice the laksa mee in the huge pot? Not sure how many pots are they selling in a day, but they work at very fast speed in preparing the laksa and you can see the laksa mee is finishing fast.

Look at the assam laksa, it's full of ingredients, including lots of fish flake, red chilies, ginger buds, onions, cucumbers, lettuce, prawn paste and etc. The mixture of these ingredients give very complicated taste, the assam is sour and the prawn paste is sweet, chillies is spicy, it's full of flavor and it's hot!

There are many other hawkers stall across the road,I've order the Char Kuey Teow. I was not impress with the Char Keuy Teow here as I expect more tasteful here. The Char Kuey Toew looks nice though, with big prawns (bigger than the usual in Klang Valley), bean sprouts, Chinese sausage, spring onion and right amount of dark sauce to make the right color. Even though, I believe a lot of Penang Char Kuey Teow is better than this.

I also order curry laksa at the same area. Curry laksa is mee in coconut-based curry soup. Again, Penang curry laksa is slightly different than the normal laksa in Klang Valley. The soup is more watery, serve with pork blood pudding cubes, tofu puffs, bean sprouts, cockles and serve with a spoonful of sambal chillies sauce. Mix all the chillies sauce to get the nice looking red color soup.

Posted by whistler at 1:52 PM  


u gota try the char kuey teow at lorong selamat..rm 5 per plate..the aunty use charchoal fire to try one..the drain side laksa make me salivate la

12/31/2006 3:55 PM  

lovely pictures on ur blog... my mouth has started watering... i soooooo wish some of these dishes were vegetarian... :|

Reeta Skeeter said...
1/01/2007 8:57 PM  

wow....what a great vacation you had! food and food and food at penang!

happy new year to you & your family!

MeiyeN said...
1/02/2007 9:19 AM  

Nice + cheap (RM2.30), KL where got such price,haha...feel hungry ~so miss penang food...

Siu KeOnG said...
1/03/2007 11:37 AM  

since someone mentioned about lorong selamat char kuey teow, let me find some time this few days to blog about it! (btw, u tried this?)

still remembered first time I had curry mee in Penang, i had the same feeling as u too, slowly, slowly u will love this "type". if you dropped by Air Itam in the morning, there is an old lady selling a quite good curry mee opposite the road.

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