A Penang food blogger said he doesn't know why but women love Penang Laksa. I don't know about other women, but I love how the sour and spicy flavours come together and this was even before I was pregnant.
Some stalls would put slices of pineapple together with the cucumber and onion slices, and that really drives up the yum quotient for me.
Everybody talks about the Penang Laksa (RM3 or S$1.30) at the Joo Hooi Cafe^ at Lebuh Keng Kwee, and that was our first stop on our first day in Penang. It was good. Really good, and I wanted more, more, more.
Penang Laksa from the Pasar Air Itam (RM2.70 or S$1.10), which is reported to be the best in Penang and some say MalaysiaBut one needs to optimize calorie intake, so Terence hunted down another Penang Laksa stall for me which is located near Penang Hill^. It took us RM50 (S$21) to get to from Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa which is in Batu Feringgi. Cost was one thing; it took us 1.5 hours to get there because it was a public holiday and the roads to Penang Hill were chock a block with cars.
The cook wears a floppy hat
It is located in the Pasar Air Itam (or Air Itam market)^, and the scene there was of an organised chaos. There were crowds and crowds of people squeezed in the narrow alley way eating, waiting, ordering, cooking, walking, taking photos... everyone knew just what to do.
After all the fuss, our Laksa was finally delivered to us. Verdict:
- Terence says it tasted like they threw five decomposing fish in the soup.
- A blogger wrote that they put tissue paper in the soup to thicken it.
- I say: What the heck. It was a good experience.
- And I add: Go on a weekday and take a bus. Our return trip costs only RM$1.50 (S$0.60) to Komtar in Georgetown (heart of Penang)