Best Asam Laksa In Penang

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!

  1. Famous Penang Road Laksa
  2. Pasar Air Itam Laksa
  3. Sin Hwa Coffee Shop Assam Laksa
  4. Laksalicious
  5. My Own Café
  6. Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
  7. Luk Yea Yan Vegetarian Restaurant
  8. Tan Jetty Assam Laksa
  9. Asam Laksa At Restaurant Taman Emas
  10. Kim Seng Laksa Balik Pulau
  11. RELAU 88 妈妈味(古早味)

11 Best Assam Laksa In Penang

1. Famous Penang Road Laksa

You can now find this popular laksa stall on Lebuh Keng Kwee sold together with their equally famous chendul! It used to be at Joo Hooi Coffee Shop for many decades.

Penang Road Famous Laksa At Lebuh Keng Kwee, Penang
Penang Road Famous Laksa At Lebuh Keng Kwee, Penang – photo credits to ell.mary (Instagram)

Those who prefer assam laksa with a milder taste will like Famous Penang Road Laksa! As a bonus, they have generous slices of sardines and mackerel in their broth!

Assam Laksa At Penang Road Famous Laksa
Assam Laksa At Penang Road Famous Laksa – photo credits to ell.mary (Instagram)

Location: 5, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6016-446 0453

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm

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!

Busy Atmosphere At Pasar Air Itam Laksa (亞依淡巴剎叻沙)
Busy Atmosphere At Pasar Air Itam Laksa (亞依淡巴剎叻沙) – photo credits to benlim247 (Instagram)

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!

Another Good Food In Penang - Penang Air Itam Laksa
Penang Air Itam Laksa – photo credits to blisssky (Instagram)

Other ingredients like pineapple, turmeric, slices of mackerel, mint, lettuce, cucumber, onions and ginger complete the appetizing dish!

Location: 1, Jalan Pasar, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang Island

Contact: +6012-500 7063

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30am to 7pm

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!

Laksa By Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa
Laksa By Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa – photo credits to xxvsu (Instagram)

Both are spicy but the soup-base can use 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!

Location: 329, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6017-426 0903

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 4pm

4. Laksalicious

Being in the midst of George Town means tourists naturally tend to gravitate to this air-conditioned stylish café that specializes in assam laksa!

Laksalicious
Laksalicious – photo credits to mymalaysiafoodsafari (Instagram)

They serve both the tangy assam laska and lemak laksa (or Nyonya). And offer a vegetarian version of the dish too! You can even order prawn crackers or spring rolls to accompany your laksa!

Location: No.117A, Jalan Hutton, George Town, 10050 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-229 9178

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 7:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Note: The Nyonya laksa is only available on weekends.

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.

Assam Laksa At My Own Cafe
Assam Laksa At My Own Cafe – photo credits to luvca85 (Instagram)

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!

Location: 2, Cannon Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6012-453 2453

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 10am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday to Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Closed on Wednesdays

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 assam laksa being one of them!

Assam Laksa At Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow
Assam Laksa At Kuih Nyonya Moh Teng Pheow – photo credits to aishahsj (Instagram)

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!

Location: Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Masjid, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-261 5832

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 5pm
  • Saturday to Sunday 10:30am to 8pm
  • Closed on Wednesdays

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!

Vegan-friendly Laksa At Luk Yea Yan Vegetarian Restaurant
Vegan-friendly Laksa At Luk Yea Yan Vegetarian Restaurant – photo credits to philly_malenoir (Instagram)

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!

Location: 33, Lorong Madras, 10400 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-228 1148

Opening Hours: Daily from 7:30am to 9:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Read more: 13 Best Breakfast In Penang – With Local, Western Cafe & Halal Options

8. Tan Jetty Assam Laksa

You can’t miss this one as it happens to be just in front of Tan Jetty, one of the historical clan jetties of Penang!

Penang Road Famous Ice Kacang Stall At Tan Jetty
Tan Jetty Laksa At Tan Jetty – photo credits to hociakshareshare (Instagram)

This rendition of assam laksa sticks to the use of sardines rather than mackerel. Which reduces the fishy taste!

Location: 50, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 5pm (Closed on Sundays)

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!

Asam Laksa At Restaurant Taman Emas
Asam Laksa At Restaurant Taman Emas – photo credits to mcutiebun (Instagram)

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!

Location: 1, Jalan Gottlieb, George Town, 10350 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +6016-480 6558

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 5:15pm (Closed on Mondays)

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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!

Penang Assam Laksa vs Siam Assam Laksa (Lemak Laksa) At Kim Seng Kopitiam
Penang Assam Laksa vs Siam Assam Laksa (Lemak Laksa) At Kim Seng Kopitiam – photo credits to denizkvvk (Instagram)

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!

Location: 20, Jalan Sungai Air Putih, Bandar Baru Air Putih, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 5pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)

Note: This is the new location of the original Balik Pulau laksa stall that used to be at Nan Guang Kopitiam!

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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!

RELAU 88 妈妈味 (古早味)
RELAU 88 妈妈味 (古早味) – photo credits to elisehing90 (Instagram)

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!

Laksa From RELAU 88 妈妈味 (古早味)
Laksa From RELAU 88 妈妈味 (古早味) – photo credits to peiching_111 (Instagram)

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!

Irresitable Cendol At RELAU 88
Irresitable Cendol At RELAU 88 – photo credits to theyummytheory (Instagram)

Location: Persiaran Paya Terubong 2, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island

Contact: +6012-444 4227

Opening Hours:

  • Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 5:30pm
  • Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays

Further reading:

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Conclusion

Which Penang laksa should you try?

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!

Some of these places are in George Town while others are a bit further but are worth seeking out anyways!

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