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Whenever we talk about Penang asam laksa, it has to be the legendary asam laksa at Jalan Pasar in Air Itam, just beside the Air Itam market and at the foot of Kek Lok Si temple.


The strong aroma of the herbs, the sourness of the soup and the quality of the prawn paste definitely attracts all walks of people to Air Itam. The only thing I hate about this place, it's forever jammed and packed!


Creating a perfect bowl of asam laksa is like art - messy at first sight but you'll like the end product anyway. This stall has been in operation for more than 30 years and needless to say, the business has been passed on from one generation to another.


It was hot, jam packed with people fighting for tables and chairs and do you know that almost all the best food in Penang is always served nearby a drain.


The legendary mouth-watering Air Itam asam laksa (RM 3), the soup isn't only thick with mashed mackerel fish but it was brimming with flavor! Perfectly sweetened with the drizzling prawn paste and the aromatic lemon grass kicking in together with the spiciness of the chili. It really puzzled your taste bud with the combination taste of sweet, sour and spicy. Generally over the years, it was really good still and I love the mashed thick fish soup even though there are numerous rumors circulating about how the soup gotten so thick. Hopefully it's not true because I've eaten like more than 10 bowls throughout my life. However, I remembered the soup used to be thicker before and the price was RM 2.40 back then. Nevertheless, it's still reasonable for a nice bowl of asam laksa.

Verdict: It's nice and it's reasonable. But whenever I think about it, I'll need to consider the traffic jam driving to Air Itam, lack of proper parking spots, packed with people waiting for tables, the unpleasant smell of a typical market and plus the hot Penang weather...you must be really craving for asam laksa I'd say!


Address:
Pasar Air Itam,
Jalan Pasar,
11500 Air Itam,
Pulau Pinang
Business Hours: Opens daily from 11am - 8pm
Pork Free: Yes
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Value:
GPS: 5.401193, 100.277999
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14 Response to 'Famous Penang Asam Laksa @ Air Itam, Penang'

  1. Anonymous Said,
    http://eatlah.blogspot.com/2010/10/famous-penang-asam-laksa-air-itam.html?showComment=1291127696479#c7580861542779023830'> November 30, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    This "famous by-the-longkang" assam laksa is not even good (i rate it 2/10); seriously overrated, only outstation ppl eat there-lah.

    Here's a super tip - a much better stall - the one directly opposite it in the sheltered hawker area (note: the seller is a mute man.. that is really good! that's 7.5/10 unfortunately most visitors overlooked this stall). There is only one other place in Penang that i rate higher this guy and that is laksa jelutong...)

     

  2. russel Said,
    http://eatlah.blogspot.com/2010/10/famous-penang-asam-laksa-air-itam.html?showComment=1291134062240#c4901055781515881417'> December 1, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Hehe..sadly, this longkang assam laksa is the only one I know of :(

    But thanks for the tips! I'll definitely try the one opposite and the one in Jelutong in my next Penang trip ;)

     

  3. Anonymous Said,
    http://eatlah.blogspot.com/2010/10/famous-penang-asam-laksa-air-itam.html?showComment=1295096889777#c8775976470534646444'> January 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Totally disagree with other Anonymous who says "only outstation ppl eat there-lah". Absolute nonsense. Not to mention how pompous it sounds. Been there umpteen times from "outstation-lah" and each time the majority of customers are locals. We "outstation folks" can tell they are locals bcos of the way the locals dress and talk. And it is good assam laksa by any standard. Have taken fussy pot nyonya descent ppl (from outstation of course) and they say it's good.

     

  4. Anonymous Said,
    http://eatlah.blogspot.com/2010/10/famous-penang-asam-laksa-air-itam.html?showComment=1295176175023#c3298854455610773823'> January 16, 2011 at 7:09 PM

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  5. russel Said,
    http://eatlah.blogspot.com/2010/10/famous-penang-asam-laksa-air-itam.html?showComment=1295453627399#c14815166215135891'> January 20, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    The other reason why some locals don't eat there is probably due to the traffic jam, pack and hard to get parking. I would think twice going there though unless I'm staying nearby.

    Melaka? Abit off right? :P
    Anyway thanks, I'll try it if I'm at Melaka next time.

     

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    I recently paid a visit to the stall after visiting Kek Lok Si temple and my friends really enjoyed the laksa there! They told me it is the best Laksa they have eaten!

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