Penang Air Itam Assam Laksa

Each time the topic on food in Penang surface among my friends, this place is sure to be on the tip of their tongue. The famous Penang Assam Laksa at Air Itam, they say you must try it at least once if you're up in the island of Penang. My family house in Penang is just a stone's throw distance away from this spot, so I wasn't really sure what's the hype surrounding this stall.

Penang Air Itam Assam Laksa
The famous Air Itam Penang Laksa Stall



Assam Laksa Air Itam Market
Pasar Road (Beside the Air Itam Market)
11500 Air Itam
Penang
(5 minutes walk from Kek Lok Si Temple)

So there I was on my recent trip back to Penang, together with a fellow blogger Henry Lee. It was his first trip up to Penang, so I thought it appropriate to bring him to try this Penang delicacy. The place was packed when we arrived at 9am in the morning, luckily there was space at a table to share. Yes, we share tables with complete strangers here in friendly Penang. The environment wasn't top notch, but we're not complaining because we are here for the food!

Penang Air Itam Assam Laksa
Pots and cookery involved in the preparation
Penang Good Food
The crowd in the morning, it was pretty packed

I could not remember the last time I had the laksa here, and what was the price previously. I just remembered it was pretty cheap, even now at RM 3 per bowl, it is still rather affordable. We ordered a bowl of laksa each, with sugar caned water. Do check out the photos below.

Penang Air Itam Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa with prawn paste - RM3
Assam Laksa
Fishing for the white laksa noodles hiding inside the soup
My drink - RM1.20

My take on this dish? Personally, the taste was good, but the soup was too watery for my liking. I like my assam laksa thick with lots of fish in it, just like how my mother prepares it. Overall it was good though, and judging from the crowd that was there that morning, I think this place will still be the place where tourists and local will come for a bit of those white laksa noodles. Do leave a comment on your say with regards to this place as I'm sure most of you have been here before. 

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34 comments :

Philip Khor said...

I'm not sure, this is supposed to be THE famous assam laksa in Penang - but I always dapao, and I didn't find it soupy, so i guess the soup-ingredients ratio is different at home.

ken said...

i never tried the assam laksa here at air itam..
only went for the one at penang road - coz the penang famous chendol is there! :D

Smallkucing said...

No need to taste. See from you photos already know it's very delicious. Must be good business. Saw so much noodles there

Nikel Khor said...

really nice asam laksa...

tekkaus said...

Obviously this is one very famous laksa stall o. So many people there. :D

tekkaus said...

Just look at the 2 large pots of laksa "kuak" they have prepared. :p Must be a lot of customers every day.

Qi Wen said...

I know this shop, so damn crowded everyday. Guess its has the best location near Kek Lok Si Temple, didn't get a chance to try yet :) nice sharing!

darranlow said...

I never tried Penang Laksa before but it already looks scary.

Bananazஇ People said...

Surprisingly stayed in Penang for almost 2 decades only been to Air Itam laksa once..maybe not my kind of luck-sa but can go around Penang for curry mee haha. Wah RM3.00 already for a bowl. tQ

jfook said...

that time i went... it was closed. I think my favourite food in Penang is the char kueh teow at Jln Selamat and also o pui hahhaa.

suituapui said...

Some friends dragged me there insisting that I tried. I tagged along even though not a  fan of Penang assam laksa...and when we got there, and I saw the wobbly tables and chairs along the five-foot way and the people, so many of them in the heat and discomfort, eating the laksa...the same colour as the water in the drain - that was it! No, thank you... I did not touch it at all in the end!

Edmend Koh said...

feel like trying it somedays and you may know when was it :P

Kyril D. Soul-X said...

the old man and the shop neva changed in so many years lol

Ciki said...

love the super sour spicy taste of Assam Laksa.. of course the Penang Ha-Kao is out of this world too la:) nice shots

Andrewchong_kf said...

My favorite laksa all the time for the past 7years. I'm so craving for it ;D

Isaac Tan said...

Philip, eh you dapao ar, why didnt eat there. :)

Isaac Tan said...

Ken, Haha, yup, i love the chendol there too. :)

Isaac Tan said...

Smallkucing, their business is extremely good. Every tourist sure drop by there. But I don't find it exceptionally good, just OK nia. :)

Isaac Tan said...

Nikel, not bad lo. :) But a bit too watery :P

Isaac Tan said...

Tekkaus, it's really famous. Hehe. Wish I can be as famous as the laksa too! haha

Isaac Tan said...

Tekkaus, we could not even find a place to sit initially. Had to wait for some other patrons to finish eating.

Isaac Tan said...

Qi wen, eh? next time come down penang, i bring you even better place to makan! Haha

Isaac Tan said...

Darran, what a way to describe, scary? Hehe

Isaac Tan said...

bananaz, oh! you were in Penang for 20 years! Wow, that's a really long time!. I rememebered it was cheaper.

Isaac Tan said...

Jfook, Woot, love it when you comment here. Haha, does the happy dance! XD when want to go up Penang again! :P

Isaac Tan said...

STP, i guess the environment might not suit you, and i admit its rather dirty. But in Penang, sometimes the messier the place, the more it will attract crowds. The clean food courts are the ones suffering from no business ><

Isaac Tan said...

Kian Fai, Sure! Will bring you there if we go up. :P

Isaac Tan said...

Kyril, lol! you saw the old man long time ago? Woot. Are you from Penang?

Isaac Tan said...

Ciki, yup assam laksa in Penang rocks! XD thanks for dropping a comment on my humble blog. Much appreciated!

Isaac Tan said...

Andrew, hello there! thanks for dropping by my blog! You're in Penang now?

Reanact said...

hey, I didnt go there lar... my kids dont like laksa so much so we didnt go.. ended up in Queensbay more!

Philip Khor said...

parents

Caroline May Ling said...

when i first time tried the assam laksa at here, soooooo different from kuching laksa that i always had back to kk. lol! but i gotta say i prefer kuching laksa, maybe u shud bring me go try the nice penang laksa!! :p

Thristhan said...

I'm quite shocked that this Laksa cost RM3 only. I dont think you can get these sort of price here in KL.

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