Penang Assam Laksa.
It’s so famous that once you visit Penang you need to try it at least once.
And the best Penang Laksa is found in Ayer Itam area.
Okay the area (especially the market) may look a bit run-down. I was a bit scared too. But the thing is, in South East Asia, to experience the best street food, you need to be brave as well and go to these kinds of areas.
There was limited space so I sat next to this stall instead.
And ordered a bowl of Laksa.
Doesn’t look neat and tidy like in the restaurants. I already wiped my bowl from the overflowing broth before this photo was taken. But good food doesn’t need to be pretty. 😛
Also that black thing inside the bowl is prawn paste. If you are not up to the Asian challenge of smelly food then tell them not to put it. For me, I love it. 🙂
For desserts, I ate this thing (pictured above) called Rojak. As boyfriend explained to me, Rojak is anything and everything. So I had apple, pineapple, cucumber, cuttlefish, fried pastry inside my rojak. Weirdly uncomfortable comfortable food.
One more thing you can get in this area is some snacks. There are many stalls/ shops there selling snacks, local specialties, dried/ preserved fruits, pastries, etc. I visited this one: Cheong Kim Chuan Penang Local Specialties. They have many outlets, but all nearby each other (talk about location!)
Steps leading to Kek Lok Si Temple
Basement carpark of Kek Lok Si Temple
No. 11, Jalan Pasar, Ayer Itam – I bought Salty&Sweet Nutmegs and Sugar coated nutmegs here
No 99-B, Lorong Selamat
As I’m writing this, I’m finishing my packs of nutmegs and missing Laksa.