Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ayer Hitam Asam Laksa (Penang)


Instead of staying back at Flamingo hotel,  I tacked along with my other half to Ayer Hitam. He left me at the junction and went off to see his client. No doubt I've been to Ayer Hitam a couple of times but somehow I kept missing out on this famous asam laksa. This time around, I made sure I stopped by at the stall along the road side. Just another ordinary stall with plastic tables and chairs, shielded away from the sun. Still, sweating is unavoidable.  

The stall owner is such a darling, He smiled at everyone and when I was clicking pictures like nobody's business, he smiled again. I ordered a bowl of the laksa while standing nearby to watch how a bowl of asam laksa is assembled - drenched with the broth and topped with garnishing. 



From another stall nearby, a bowl of ice kacang was called for to go with the laksa. As I started eating the laksa, I knew why its raved by many out there. The broth especially is an explosion of flavours. Goodness till the last drop. Being a number one fan of asam laksa, I completely polished the spicy-tangy and fragrant fish broth. Amazingly delicious. Truly worth ranking as the best among the rest. .  

I was so close to ordering another bowl. Then again after stuffing my stomach with the ice kacang, there wasn't any more room for food. The bowl of shaved ice with colorful jelly pieces, variety of sweet potatoes and red beans in the sugary coconut milk was perfect to cool down the heat on my tongue and mouth. 
I then left the stall and walked further up the lane for some sightseeing. By the way, there's a branch of this famous laksa at Asia cafe (Subang Jaya) but the stall only comes into action after 3pm. 

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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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