Penang Laksa is synonymous with Penang famous food! And is always included in every list of best food in Penang!
Even though this unique dish can be found all over Malaysia, it’s the Penang famous assam laksa that has put this iconic Malaysian dish on the global map!
Once you get to Penang, you’ll realize there isn’t just one place that does this dish justice! For starters, we’ll breakdown 11 places you can get amazing Penang laksa!
- Penang Road Famous Laksa
- Pasar Air Itam Laksa
- Sin Hwa Coffee Shop Assam Laksa
- My Own Café
- Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
- Luk Yea Yan Vegetarian Restaurant
- Tan Jetty Assam Laksa
- Asam Laksa At Restaurant Taman Emas
- Kim Seng Laksa Balik Pulau
- RELAU 88 妈妈味（古早味）
11 Best Assam Laksa In Penang
1. Penang Road Famous Laksa
You can now find this popular laksa stall on Lebuh Keng Kwee selling laksa together with their equally famous chendul!
It used to be at Joo Hooi Coffee Shop for many decades.
Those who prefer assam laksa with a milder taste will like Penang Road Famous Laksa! As a bonus, they have generous slices of sardines and mackerel in their broth!
2. Pasar Air Itam Laksa
However, if you like your assam laksa strongly flavored, then make your way over to this stall at Ayer Itam! They’ve been in business for more than 65 years!
Note: Unfortunately closed until further notice as of May 18, 2021
Queues are a regular phenomenon at this market stall that is at the base of Kek Lok Si temple!
Their star ingredient is the hae ko, a thick sweetish prawn paste!
Other ingredients like pineapple, turmeric, slices of mackerel, mint, lettuce, cucumber, onions and ginger complete the appetizing dish!
3. Sin Hwa Coffee Shop Assam Laksa
Along Burmah road, is a typical kopitiam with multiple stalls. One of which serves two versions of assam laksa!
Both are spicy but the soup-base uses tamarind or rich coconut milk (hence, the term lemak)!
The coconut milk tends to overwhelm the taste of the fish broth so do keep that in mind! Another dish that is a crowd-favorite here is the char kuay teow with seafood ingredients!
Being in the midst of George Town means tourists naturally tend to gravitate to this air-conditioned stylish café that specializes in assam laksa!
They serve both the tangy assam laska and lemak laksa (or Nyonya). And offer a vegetarian version of the dish too!
However, if you like your assam laksa strongly flavored, you may not like these!
You can even order prawn crackers or spring rolls to accompany your laksa!
5. My Own Café
Halal with a Peranakan-inspired design:
My Own Café serves a delicious (and affordable) assam laksa that is suitable for people who don’t want their laksa too fishy or thick.
Other highly recommended dishes are their fried chicken with belacan and char koay teow! And we think it’s worth mentioning that their service is excellent!
6. Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
Moh Teng Pheow may be a Nyonya kuih specialty shop. But they do serve some savory dishes as well. A well-balanced Penang assam laksa being one of them!
It’s a 90-year old traditional pastry shop so don’t expect too much for ambiance! Visitors can enter through the unassuming kitchen in the front, to the back where the tables are!
7. Luk Yea Yan Vegetarian Restaurant
For a vegetarian lunch, head over to Luk Yea Yan! They have affordable mixed rice (economy rice) options with mock meat adaptations of satay or meat balls!
As well as a good selection of local favorites like bak kut teh, pasembur and assam laksa but vegetarian! Try and find a seat inside if you want air-conditioning!
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8. Tan Jetty Assam Laksa
You can’t miss this Penang assam laksa as it happens to be just in front of Tan Jetty, one of the historical clan jetties of Penang!
This rendition of assam laksa sticks to the use of sardines rather than mackerel. Which reduces the fishy taste!
9. Asam Laksa At Restaurant Taman Emas, Gottlieb Road
Locals are well aware of the assam laksa at Taman Emas (or Peng Hua Laksa) opposite the Chinese girls’ school! It’s a corner shop at Jalan Gottlieb!
This is classic Penang assam laksa albeit less sour, with generous portions of mackerel, pineapple, onions and of course, the prawn paste!
Ask for extra chili if you like your laksa really spicy!
10. Kim Seng Laksa Balik Pulau
On the east coast of Penang, is stall-turned-kopitiam that has been serving Penang assam laksa for 80 years!
You can try Thai laksa or Siam laksa here too! It’s similar to lemak laksa as it uses coconut milk!
Ultimately, Kim laksa (as locals call it) stands out because of their fresh mackerel slices (more like chunks) and the use of assam gelugur instead of the more potent tamarind!
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11. RELAU 88 妈妈味（古早味）
It’s easy to miss this hidden café in Bayan Lepas! The simple façade is further covered with greenery which shields the interior from passersby!
See, the café shares the premise with a garden supplies shop!
Inside the open-air shack is a mix of tables and chairs. And an incredible assam laksa that isn’t too sweet or too sour!
Try the cendol with homemade palm sugar while you’re here! This is in fact, one of the best places to have cendol in Penang!
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Finding Good Laksa In Penang
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Which Penang assam laksa should you try? Some of these places are in George Town while others are a bit further. But are worth seeking out anyways!
And out of the dozen or so places that we have listed in this post, there are milder or stronger variations of assam laksa. As well as a less common version of the dish known as Nyonya lemak laksa!