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[Penang] Ayer Itam Asam Laksa

klyeoh | Jul 9, 201606:12 AM     5

68 years old and counting - this Air Itam dining icon still pulls in the crowd every day. Currently run by Ang Kar Seong, 67, who's almost as old as the stall started by his late mother. The elder Ang is helped by his son, Ang Kar Foo, and other family members - the stall was actually run by an all-women kitchen crew when I was there.

Penang asam laksa has a spicy-sour soup base, characterised by its chilli-assam (tamarind)-lemongrass flavour, replete with minced fish-meat. The laksa noodles are garnished with generous amounts of finely-julienned raw herbs & vegetables: cucumber, lettuce, onions, torch-ginger ('bunga kantan'), red chillies and fresh mint. An indispensable dollop of "hae koh" (thick, viscous, fermented shrimp paste) drizzled on top before serving adds a pungent spike of flavour. Perfection in a bowl!

The stall is located by the roadside, outside the Air Itam wet market, and only opens after 10.30am, when the wet market's morning stalls start closing down.

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