Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ayer Hitam Asam Laksa (Penang)


Instead of being miserable in the messy Flamingo hotel, I tacked along with my other half to Ayer Hitam. We departed at the junction across the rows and rows of stalls, he left to meet his clients, whereas, albeit I have been to Ayer Hitam a couple of times, this is my first time to trying this well known and highly praised Ayer Hitam Assam Laksa. Mind you, just another ordinary, road side stall with plastic tables and chairs, somewhat shielded away from the sun. Yet, be prepared to sweat in our hot and blistering weather honey-bunny. Regardless, I must tell you that the owner is such a darling. He is. Unlike the kuay teow stall owners who will lung at you, he is smiley, remember, the smiley you use on social media for no apparent reason? Can you also give him some please?

He specifically, can you beat that, he smiled at me. Yippie!! Oh-boy, Happy-happy-happy. He even smiled when I took pictures. Smart man. He is there. He knows the power of pictures on social media. I pictured, then I ordered laksa while standing close by to note his years of experience in not only making, but hands-on with assembling assam laksa.  



From another stall nearby, a bowl of ice kacang was called for. Best pairing yea. Once I started tucking into this asam laksa, oh-mamma-mia!! I discovered. I found out why it is raved by many. The broth especially is an explosion of flavours. Goodness. Good till its last drop or tilt the bowl to scrape every drop of the power-packed spicy, tangy and thick fishy broth. I did that to this amazingly delicious, truly worth ranking as one of the best among the rest Asam Laksa.  

So close I was to ordering another bowl. But, no point being greedy when one is a small eater like me, especially, also after simultaneously stuffing-up the ice-kacang. The bowl of shaved ice alongside colorful jelly pieces, varieties of sweet potato and red beans in sugary coconut milk, walla-wei, was perfect to cool down the heat on my tongue and mouth. 
Bucket wish of tasting Ayer Hitam Asam Laksa fulfilled, thereafter I walked to begin with sightseeing to places within this area. 


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25 comments:

  1. beautiful scenery and the captures...the place just looks lovely. Hope you had a fantastic time there.

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  2. I can almost see the chilli rising from those noodles, this looks way too delicious :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  3. I love Asam Laksa too!It has been such a long time since I ate this! In Singapore, our laksa is different. Even if there are Asam Laksa, its hard to find one which rivals Penang's!

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  4. ice kacang looks very inviting... street food is always better than any 5-star restaurant menu.

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  5. I remember this stall at the junction to Kek Lok Si,
    well food is Penang is always the best.

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  6. LOL...i know that you will love it. ....spicy but umph!

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  7. Love your clicks.. Both the dishes are new to me.. Ice-Kacang looks inviting..

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  8. Wow Nava very nice and beautiful clicks....

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  9. Your write up is tempting me to visit Malaysia. Laksa looks so yum

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  10. Wow! This looks super-yummy! I love spicy and street food! :)
    http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  11. loved your writing...its always wonderful when its from streets...hope to be there...just to share this...:)

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  12. I'd love to try out all the food that you write about. Everything looks so yum...my mouth's watering! fabulous pictures of the laksa and the ice kacang.

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  13. I can feel the sourness in my mouth already. Lol! The gravy does look very tempting, dear!

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  14. Although I love street food, my tummy never helps in trying out...So i really have to take care not too eat at every outlet...but yes, once in a while, I just give in.
    I love the pristine white noodle in abundance in the big container!!
    The way you have described asam laksa in itself is worth a try! Love the culmination of flavor, spice and subtle noodles...I'm loving' it!!
    Ice kacang is new to me, but I remember seeing a similar dessert dish made with jelly and coconut milk in TLC. Looks very chilled and just right to finish the meal.

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  15. by ur description....i have a watery mouth.....those chillies on the top of that dish gives me a strong feeling that it is my kinda dish.....Awesome :-)

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  16. I love Asian country street foods,most of them are really good, I never had ice kacang,sound interesting to try :)

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  17. I'm a big fan of laksa too but it's so hard to find a place that makes a good one in the States. This place looks awesome and I love how authentic the bow. of laksa looks. :)

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  18. love your writing , reading it feels like I am there too and enjoyed with you. I also love the gravy. looks so tempting.

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  19. I really enjoyed your roadside pics. I really enjoy a good laksa and there's nothing like eating local. Really nice. I remember we had a laksa cooking class and it was the most fun. Everyone participated and the best part of the dish is so so much fun to put together.

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  20. I too love eating road side food, but the after effects always bothers me.. But in India, we do not have this kind of variety street fud.. It's mostly snacks.. And the pictures that u have clicked makes me drool, esp the laksa.. And who wud say NO to that awesome kacang !! Yummily ;)

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  21. A very interesting post....lovely clicks !

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  22. Love this stall too. Will check them out in Asia Cafe soon. Didn't know about it. Hehehe.

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