August 5, 2009

Assam Laksa...Balik Pulau, Penang

Weeee, yum... YES, this is the famous Balik Pulau Assam Laksa. We just have to make a turn into Balik Pulau town for a bowl of this delicious assam laksa. The much talked about that is. I think there is nowhere down in the city that you can find such good and cheap laksa. This bowl costs only RM2.50 and take a look at the soup. Full of flakes and flakes of fish and the soup is thick. Oh my, this bowl of laksa just overloads my taste buds. Yuuummy!
A little into this laksa thingy. The soup is basically fish (flaked) cooked in ground chili together with lemon grass, shallots, garlic and belacan (prawn paste cake). Shredded vegetables like cucumber, onions, red chilis, pineapple, lettuce, mint leaves (daun kesum) and chopped pink bunga kantan (ginger buds) are added to the soup. The soup is served with thick rice noodles. Now this is an acquired dish. There is quite a fishy smell due to the amount of fish used. Take a look at these pictures here. In the spoon is the prawn/shrimp paste. Now this is another strong smell thingy. As locals we love this 'heh koh' (prawn paste) added but if you are not familiar with this, take a sniff first.
This is the Lemak Laksa (or Siamese Laksa). This is a type of Laksa with a thick coconut gravy. The gravy is slightly sweet and strongly spiced. The main aroma comes from the kaffir lime leaves. This is just as good and delicious as the assam laksa served here.
Try also what this 'kopi-tiam' offers. Their home 'brewed' white nutmeg cordial. It will be bottled and mixed with assam boi (sour plum) when you placed an order. This kopi tiam is Nan Guang and it is situated just next to the Balik Pulau wet-market. Enjoy :o)


mazlina said...

hi... bubbles.. thanx for u'r comment... i'm appreciate that u drop by to my blog... any way u'r blog makes me hungryy... hohohoho.. nyum nyum nyum...

Anonymous said...

heyy. i replied u in my blog already :) andand. i lovee the asam laksa picture u took! it looks so yummyy :D said... the 2 of you. TQ. I take good pictures eh? I would like to say that it is the really is yummmy. :o)