Penang Street Food: Laksa Poh Piah

Usually sold by Indians on a bicycle or motorcycle cart, this street food combines both ‘Poh Piah’ (or fried spring rolls) with laksa soup and is unique to Penang.

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Penang Street Food: Asam Laksa


Pictured here is a bowl of Asam Laksa from the Balik Pulau Market Food Court.

Laksa is a must try street food in Penang, and is one of the most popular local food here. Also known as Asam Laksa, it is simply a Nyonya (Peranakan) style of hot and sour noodles cooked in fish broth and vegetables.

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Penang Food: Asam Laksa

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Penang laksa or commonly known as asam laksa here is a sour, fish-based soup with noodle usually made with mackerel soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Besides the fish, asam laksa typically include lemongrass, galangal (lengkuas) and chilli too. A popular delicacy for both locals and foreigners, it is one of the must-try hawker food in Penang.

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