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Monday, January 18, 2016

Assam Laksa and Siam Laksa at Kim Laksa, Balik Pulau, Penang

While on the way back to Ipoh from Penang after my sister convocation ceremony, my father decided to stop by Balik Pulau to try out the famous laksa there. We know that Kim Laksa is one of the famous one, so we stop by Kim Laksa which is located in one of the old corner shop at Balik Pulau.

Each of us ordered the Assam Laksa and since I read that Siam Laksa is a must in Foursquare, we decided to order a bowl to try out. It doesn't take long before our food is served despite the full house crowd, as it is a small shop and have within ten tables.

Assam Laksa

The Assam Laksa is served with the spoon of sweet prawn paste (har kau) like what most assam laksa at the northern region is served compare to the one in my hometown. The laksa consists of rice noodle (lai fun) and spicy (but not so spicy) sweet and sour soup with a lot of minced fish mixed with mint  leaves and onions to give it the sour taste while mixing the sweet prawn paste will give the original Assam Laksa taste. Honestly if you ask me about the taste of the laksa, I would say that the Assam Laksa here is so-so only.

Siam Laksa (Laksa Lemak)

The Siam Laksa is the laksa lemak that we usually ordered elsewhere. While most part of the laksa is about the same as the assam laksa, the soup is slightly yellowish orange in color, most likely due to the coconut milk paste.

Overall, the taste of the laksa that we had considered above average and the price is within the acceptable range; but the portion is on the small side. If one is thinking to go Balik Pulau for the laksa, I would say there are better laksa elsewhere and there is no need to drive so far just to taste the laksa, unless you have nothing else to do but to go for food hunting.