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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Delicious Assam Laksa At Air Itam, Penang.

The 2nd day of the church family camp was a Sunday. We had a few hours of free time and we used it drive to Air Itam for the famous Assam Laksa. The last time I had eaten this assam laksa was many years ago.

I know there are many places in Penang selling delicious assam laksa. All I know or can remember is that I have tasted this famous assam laksa and I love it. Thanks to our friends who are willing to go with me even though it was a very hot and humid afternoon. As usual, the place was very crowded.
Here is the famous Air Itam Assam Laksa stall. We had to stand and wait behind seated customers to secure a table for 4 people. This is not a place for those who are particular with the cleanliness of the surrounding and wanting to eat in comfort.
From those old days until now, they are still enjoying a roaring business.
Their customers consist of locals and foreigners.
Once we secured a table, we ordered 4 bowls of assam laksa and 4 glasses of sugarcane water from the nearby stall selling drinks.
A worn out sticker on the table. "The One And The Only One Air Itam Laksa."
Service was fast and in a short while, 4 bowls of yummy-licious laksa were brought to our table.
The smell of the laksa activated my salivary glands and I almost forgot to take snapshots in my eagerness to tuck in the laksa!
White rice noodle in spicy, sweet and sourish fish base soup.
Love the abundance of  blended fish meat in the soup.
The black sauce is the prawn paste (hae ko in Hokkien).
I mixed the prawn paste or hae ko into the soup and I was ready to tuck in. I even finished up the soup. My friends nodded in approved after tasting the laksa. Finally, my desire for assam laksa has been fulfilled!

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He fulfills the desires of those who reverence and trust him;

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50 comments:

  1. Not sure what assam laksa..but it does look very flavoursome and tasty!

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    1. Hi Angie, it is a very mouth watering Nyonya noodle dish and I just love it.

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  2. Wa... I lau how suit already just looking at the thick gravy :p

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    1. Elin, I also lau how sui now just looking at the photos! Ha ha ha!

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  3. I ever try Assam laksa, but not really like it...

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    1. Oh yes, not everyone likes it. But I love it.

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  4. Business was good! People dont mind waiting. Must be delicious.

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    1. Business was very good. Many were standing and waiting for tables. The flavour is just right, not too sour and not too spicy.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a good day!

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  6. ...looks like a busy place.

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    1. Yes, this is the food haven. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. If the locals are there, you know it is good.

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. Most of the locals will avoid crowded places like this especially during the long weekends and public holidays.

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  8. Hello, looks like a popular place with good food. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. This is a very popular food where assam laksa is concerned. Have a happy day!

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  9. I've never had it, but I would love to. It looks yummy and then some and if you finished yours then it must be really good.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. I seldom finish the laksa soup when I eat else where but for this, I took all the soup from the bowl.

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  10. This looks like a feast fit for a king! I hope you have a fantastic day!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a fantastic day too!

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  11. I don't think I had tried Assam Laksa before

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    1. Hi Libby, I hope you will get a chance to try this assam laksa and I hope you will like it.

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  12. Oh very interesting food darling
    xx

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    1. Thank you, Sakuranko. Have a happy day!

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  13. I had laksa when I was in Malaysia a few years ago, bit it didn't look quite like the one you show. It was very tasty, however. In fact every single dish I ate there was always terrific and sometimes we ate in places like the ones you feature, crowded and noisy, but with terrific, inexpensive food.

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    1. Hi David, there is the curry laksa, Siamese laksa and assam laksa. You could have tasted one of these. Sometimes the best food is found in this noisy and crowded places.

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  14. Reminds me of a place in LA. It's basically an alleyway mercado filled with food vendors. Looks unsanitary but the food smells amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Robert. Many do not like and avoid eating in this places that look unsanitary but some of the food smells and tastes great.

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  15. I finally went to Google and read what Laksa is! Because this is not a dish we have here. It looks so good, just my thing!! I love both soup and noodles! Looks like it simmers a long time to get a deep flavor. This place seems to be known to the locals as the best! Is so good that they do not need the fancy decorations or things.

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    1. I can't explain it well and glad that you googled to find out more in details. No nice tables and chairs, everything is simple and practical.

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  16. I believe you went to the very famous assam laksa stall. I don't dare to eat there because it is way too authentic for me if you know what I mean. ;)

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    1. Ha ha ha...Mun, I know what you mean....you are not alone, many also dare not....but it is really good!

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  17. Looks crowded, lots of people are enjoying their food. They must have a great reputation.

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    1. Yes, Bill. This stall is well known and has good reputation.

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  18. Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a great week too!

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  19. I'm sorry Nancy, being a Canadian could you please explain to me what the heck is assam laksa? Everytime you write about one of these unusual dishes that I see and their names I feel like I'm bad because I have to always ask you. Sorry abut that.
    Have a great day. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Hi Paul, I will try my best to explain. And please do not feel bad about it. Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. The main ingredients include shredded poached fish normally small mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, Vietnamese mint or laksa mint and pink torch ginger. It is normally served with thick rice noodles and topped off with a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste. I hope by now you have a better idea or are you getting more confused? I hope not. Lol!

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  20. Looks very tasty and a lively place to eat it.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. After eating, we have to vacant the place for others to sit. But the food is worth it.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. It is very delicious. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a good day!

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  23. I'm salivating just looking at your pictures! Thinking of the sourish assam laksa... mmmm. I'm not too bothered about cleanliness, preferring to assume that germs will be killed by the heat of the food. But I do hate having to depend on luck for a table.

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    1. There are certain places we can't avoid waiting for tables. But here, the people are very considerate, once they finished eating they get up to give place for other customers.

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