Penang Laksa, Malaysia

Working at crossing off all the culinary treasures Georgetown possesses, it was time to move onto the serious food.

Everybody knows laksa in Australia as a spicy coconut noodle soup. Somewhere in south east asia I am sure they do something like this. But not in Penang.

Venturing out to find a street stall that was recommended to us, we came to the corner to find a man working away getting ready for the afternoon rush.

Look at the price, a whole dollar.

What came to our table did not look entirely enticing at first glance, thick and dark.

But the flavour was superb, actually very subtle and light.

Liz was not game enough to get a bowl, so settled for a strange green drink, which she liked and I was not to sure about.

As you can see, there is nothing coconuty about what was served.  Which is more than fine with me, as I find most coconut dishes to be overly rich and lacking the subtlety I love in most Asian food.

This was just a fantastic thick fish stock, with a few noodles, greens, chilli and garnish thrown in. An absolute masterpiece.

The masters workshop was a work of art in itself.

Ahh, Georgetown, we love you.

 

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Roy

Roy

Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.
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  1. if you had stayed longer in Malaysia, you will probably find out that Laksa or Curry Laksa is what Malaysians of other states called the dish you described you find in Australia. The dish is called Curry Mee in Penang. Although in Penang, they use mush less coconut milk.

    Laksa in Penang and the northern states is the name reserved for the dish which you showed in the photographs. it uses fish broth and exotic herbs such as mint, ginger flower for garnishing. There is a coconut milk version of this kind of Laksa which we called Laksa Lemak or Siamese Laksa. you should try it. One of best place to have it is in Lorong Selamat.

    1. No, we didn’t stay long enough in Malaysia to dig too deeply into the regional food variations, which can be quite interesting by the looks of it. Actually we were only there a week, which seems incredible now as I have been blogging about that week for months (though this may be attributed to my blogging laziness as much as anything).

      I dont mind a little coconut milk, and now wish I tried the curry mee. Just going to have to plan a return trip I think.

      I like the idea of international travel for a bowl of soup.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Glad there are some more fine lovers of food photography around. Went past your blog, and you seem pretty handy with a camera too.

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