January 8, 2010

spicy & tangy

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

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Smacked between the junction of Jalan 21/17 , Sea Park, it is hard to miss the truck selling Assam Laksa and Hockkien Mee.

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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.

Heavenly.

When I am not in the mood of sour food, I opt for the rich prawn flavours. Penang Hockkien mee. IMG_4561

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.

5 comments:

Lianne said...

this is one of my favourite spot for authentic assam laksa. and if you speak penang hokkien to the lady there, she would sometimes `keh liao`you know what I mean`? howw i wish for a bowl right now ...

qwazymonkey said...

I like to tapau from here since my place is like 5-mins away. Can't stand eating there with the porky smell oozing from the market on a sunny afternoon. LOL. But yea agree, it's good stuff

Chaokar said...

Lianne: yeah, she knowns' my order. 'mai ong lai, kah cheah por hor, hiam chio kia'

qwazymonkey: i dont like to tapao food. Yeah, i just pick a spot near to the florist and try not to think about the stench. Hah.

thenomadGourmand said...

oh my...u frm Pg too???
yeaahhaaa!! ;p

can email me for snowflake ah?
cos kinda hard to organise on public comment box!

wackybecky@gmail.com

Chaokar said...

wackybecky? HAHAHAHA

Was borned in Kelatan. Spend a lot of time in Thai border, parents from Penang, and been living in Klang valley for about 10 years.

Quite rojak ay.