Only in Malaysia, would something so disgusting looking, taste so good.
Meet assam laksa, a Malaysian noodle soup. Most famously made on the island of Penang, assam (or asam) laksa, was named #7 on CNNGo’s World’s Most Delicious Foods list. It was also praised by Anthony Bourdain, where he ate it at the very same street food stall as me! Oh, the joy that brings me. You can watch him devour the bowl, here.
Penang assam laksa is a fish-stock based soup, made from an assortment of ingredients such as tamarind, lemongrass, chili, galangal, and poached, flaked mackerel, to name a few.
In my opinion, the best foods in Malaysia come from street food stalls and aren’t always pretty.
If you happen to be in Penang, Malaysia, make sure you stop by this one.
Pasar Air Itam Assam Laksa
At the foot of Kek Lok Si Temple. Jalan Pasar Road (beside Air Itam Market) near the intersection of Jalan Pesar and Jalan Air Hitam. 11500 Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia. Open 7 days 11am to 8pm.
Oh yeah, did I mention it will only cost you $1? (RM 3).
Amazing. Only in Malaysia.
Although Malaysia might not be the cheapest country in Southeast Asia, it can be done on a very tight budget. Stay in one of the many hostels in Georgetown or explore options for cheap Penang hotels. Stick to street food, public transportation or rent your own motorbike and explore the island for less than $35 a day.
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