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8 Best Laksa in Penang

Besides Char Kuey Teow, Penang is known for our Laksa. This sweet, sour and spicy soup noodle dish has been ranked number 7 on CNN’s World’s 50 most delicious foods.

Main ingredients include shredded mackerel, cucumbers, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, mint leaves, pink torch ginger and thick or thin rice noodles. Topped up with some shrimp paste (Hae Ko) is you want, it’s a must for us!

It’s a must to eat. But not every stall’s got that kick makes it great. Here are 8 Laksa places that we think are the best.

1. Kim Laksa Balik Pulau

Kim Laksa Balik Pulau
Kim Laksa Balik Pulau @littlemisshelga

No trip to Balik Pulau will be complete without having a bowl of Assam Laksa and Kim Laksa serves the best Laksa in town. The thick pungent deliciousness in the form of their soup with thick white rice noodles is absolutely divine. Paired with a glass of fresh white nutmeg juice will make it a perfect meal.

Whether it’s Assam Laksa, Siam Laksa or Mix Laksa, their all good. It’s cheap as well!

Address: 20, Jalan Sungai Air Putih, Bandar Baru Air Putih, 11000, Balik Pulau, Penang.

Business Hours: 11 am to 5 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

2. Pasar Air Itam Laksa

Pasar Air Itam Laksa
Pasar Air Itam Laksa @jeremyluizhiming

This place is crowned as the most famous laksa in Penang. With over 60 years of history, they have not stopped making their delicious Laksa, it’s famous that the late Anthony Bourdain was dumbfounded by how much he liked it.

I love their strong mackerel broth, while it can be fishy, it’s balanced off by the vegetables.

The soup is distinctly sour and the spiciness is just right. Best to add shrimp paste on top of the soup to make the Laksa beyond amazing.

Address: 1, Jalan Pasar, 11500, Ayer Itam, Penang

Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.- 08:00 p.m. (Daily)

3. Laksa Under The Tree

Laksa Under The Tree
Laksa Under The Tree @yongw3iho

Over at Sungai Ara, you find a stall under the tree selling Laksa paired with popiah on the side. They are famous for serving not just Laksa, but also the popiah, cendol, ice kacang and fried chicken.

Sour, savoury, spicy and sweet, it’s all the signs of a good authentic Assam Laksa. What else can we say, it’s good.

Address: Jalan Data Ismail Hashim, Sungai Ara, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Operating Hour: 12:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)

4. Taman Emas Laksa @ Jalan Gottlieb

Taman Emas Laksa
Taman Emas Laksa @joanne.ryl

It’s hidden gem near Penang Chinese Girls High School. Their tangy broth with a generous amount of mackerel makes it amazing. Adding in a spoonful of prawn paste, and the best flavours come out.

They also serve spring rolls, dip it in the broth and it will blow your mind.

Don’t go during times when students end school, the traffic will be ridiculously jammed.

Address:1, Jalan Gottlieb, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-5:15 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

5. Laksa Janggus Balik Pulau

Another Balik Pulau gem, Laksa Janggus is different from the Laksas that we’ve talked about, it’s ‘Malay Laksa’, the soup is more liquid-y, without the thick texture of the mackerel.

Depends on your preference, we like both! Their Laksa is also topped with a hard-boiled egg.

Do expect a long queue especially when it opens.

Address: Jalan Kampung Perlis, Kampung Perlis, 11020 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Operating Hour: 3:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

6. Laksa Tempuruing Ombak Damai

Laksa Tempuruing Ombak Damai
Laksa Tempuruing Ombak Damai

Located at Teluk Kumbar, the good people there serve their Laksa in a coconut shell. What else can we say about Laksa? It’s sweet, sour, spicy and savoury garnished with fresh herbs and vegetables. What can make it better? Eat your Laksa by the beach with a great view of the sea.

Cool yourself with some ais kacang and cendol after your hot bowl of Laksa.

Address: Jalan Gertak Sanggul, Kampung Suluk, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hour: (Mon-Thurs) 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Sat&Sun) 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (Closed on Fridays)

7. Farlim Shell Station Laksa Cafe

Farlim Shell Station Laksa Cafe
Farlim Shell Station Laksa Cafe @phinlee

Locals are no stranger to this Laksa. Their super thick broth is sourer than usual. However, they do provide you with a generous amount of fish to balance off the sourness.

A complete bowl of Laksa here is topped with fish slices, fish balls, vegetable, herbs and some shrimp paste. Yes, fish balls and fish slices. You know it’s good when people swear by the Laksa.

Address: 1-G-01, Jalan RU 1, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11400 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. (Closed on Alternate Tuesdays)

8. Penang Road Famous Laksa

Penang Road Asam Laksa
Penang Road Asam Laksa @winonyaforver

Penang Road is famous for a lot of stuff, their Cendol, Char Kuey Teow, Durian Ice Cream and lastly, Asam Laksa. Their Laksa is quite underrated, often out shined by the Famous Cendol, it’s a must to try when you are at Penang Road.

It’s sweet, sour, spicy and savoury. Garnished with fresh herbs and vegetables. It’s best paired with some of that famous cendol.

Address: No 5, Lebuh Keng Kwee, Penang Road, Penang.

Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Daily)


Of course, there are more Laksa stalls out there that are good, these are just 8 of our favorite Laksa places.

Tell us what you think is the best Laksa in Penang below in the comments!

Check out our other recommendations, Nasi Lemak, Char Kuey Teow and Roadside Burger!

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