One of my all time favorite Penang food is Assam Laksa and Hockkien Mee.
Especially Assam Laksa, I need to have it once a week. Back in Penang, this tangy fish stock noodle is a common late afternoon meal. Sometime around 3pm, you get peddlers selling at your doorstep and others including shop owners and hawkers gearing up for the crowd.
There’s some variation when this food travel down to Kuala Lumpur, despite using the same ingredients. But I’ve found a few good ones in Klang Valley.
Aik Laksa – Sea Park
Smacked between the junction of Jalan 21/17 , Sea Park, it is hard to miss the truck selling Assam Laksa and Hockkien Mee.
The tangy spicy fish stock paired with rice noodles and good vege mix of crunchies- onions, mint leaves, cucumber, pineapple. And drizzle the rich prawn paste and a touch of bird’s eye chilies. A meal that makes you sweaty, I tend to finish up the soup to it’s very last drop or help myself a second servings.
Back in Penang it' is commonly known as Hockkien Mee. But in Klang Valley, it’s prawn mee or mee yoke. Hockkien mee here refers to the fat udon-like noodles fried with thick slab of dark soy sauce.
So, the soup is rich and sweet, and adding the spoonful of chilly paste blends the flavors all together. Kangkung and beansprouts pairs up as a good crunch for the meal.
Talk to the friendly owners order ice kacang from the nearby stall.
Rm 4.00 for a small bowl of noodles or RM 4.50 for a big one, you get some sun, piping hot soup, loud owners talking, buzzing traffic and a happy stomach.
Oh yeah, bear a lil with the drain stench.