Air Itam Market Pasar Road (Beside the Air Itam Market)
11500 Air Itam Penang.
Not satisfied with the Balik Pulau Asam Laksa, we went to Air Hitam for another bowl of laksa (RM2.70), shared between the two of us. Here, the Asam Laksa soup was thick, with plenty of fish and a good proportion of tamarind stock and sweet shrimp paste. It was piquant from the asam, lemongrass, galangal and chilli. I still think this is the best tasting Asam Laksa in Penang.
We also like eating the fried popiah (RM1 each) from the stall next door. Each roll was tightly packed with sengkuang filling, and deep fried till golden brown and crispy. Walk up the road, and you will find a lady selling pandan mua chi. I thought it was different from the usual varieties, as the mua chi had a green tinge from the fresh pandan juice added in the cooking process.
Rating: 8 / 10