Friday, May 13, 2016

Balik Pulau Assam Laksa

Left: Siam Laksa - yellowish broth, mildly spicy, no sourish taste at all, can detect a bit of coconut milk.
Right: Assam Laksa - broth is reddish in colour, more spicy with a sourish taste which is very appetising.
I like to eat both, especially the thick white noodle (lai fun) which is very different from those springy type. It is soft and not springy at all, just how I like it. For this small bowl, the price is MYR4 each.

2 plates of deep fried spring rolls with 3 spring rolls each cut into two. 3 spring rolls for MYR2 nett. Crispy and great as snacks so we ordered a third plate before we left.

 Char Kway Teow - small portion - MYR4 nett. Packed with ingredients such as blood cockles, chinese wax sausages, bean sprouts, chives, prawns, and slices of fish cake.

Menu

The laksa and drink stalls

The char kway teow stall

A device to suck the oily fumes into the blue container. All char kway teow stalls should have this device so that their customers do not smell like char kway teow due to being surrounded by the oily fumes.

Kim Seng Kopitiam at Balik Pulau, Penang. We were around the area so we decided to eat the famous Balik Pulau Assam Laksa that has relocated to this coffee shop with plenty of  parking spaces.

26 comments:

  1. No sourish taste? Coconut milk? So Siam laksa is something like our curry laksa? Not really a fan of asam laksa - will eat but will not go out of my way for it. The kway teow is cheap! Last I had it at Lorong Selamat, it was RM8 for a couple of big prawns, nothing sensational. I like that sucking device!

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    1. Siam laksa here is less spicy than the normal curry laksa and less oil. I think the sucking device is very useful.

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  2. I like the springiness of lai fun, will complain that it's overcooked if it's soft!

    That small container can take all the CKT smells? :)

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    1. Those very springy lai fun will not go soft at all even though they are overcooked. This lai fun is another type, it is soft but not overcooked.

      I think so because I don't smell any CKT smells so must have been sucked by the device.

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  3. I tried this shop before... yes, I prefer the assam laksa to the siamese one... I heard now the durians are on in Balik Pulau.. hope to savour them this coming June!! :)

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    1. You must go eat all types of durian in Balik Pulau. All very tasty!

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  4. I like both types of laksa, but I think I will prefer the Siam type more, coz I like lemak-lemak taste..

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    1. This Siam laksa a bit lemak only, not very lemak.

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  5. Balik Pulau, where the locals go to eat the real best laksa of Penang. (That's what I was told, not like I'm a fan of any version of assam laksa) :P

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    1. Oh is it? I thought the best assam laksa is at the market near Kek Lok Si which I have never dared to try.

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    2. That's tourist laksa, according to the hardcore locals.

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    3. Ah, I thought since it is at the market place, should be for locals and not tourists so I also don't dare to go.

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  6. I cannot say no to asam laksa and char koay teow. If I go to Penang, I want to eat both and I can do it in one sitting :D

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    1. I think you can eat everything on this menu because the portion of each is small, way too small for you. ;p

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  7. who can miss out Penang CKT and assam laksa when in Penang? CKT never goes wrong when u r in Penang! I never been to Balik Pulau...that place seems secluded in the island.

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    1. Seems like CKT and assam laksa are must eats when in Penang. Yes, need to drive uphill for quite a bit to get to Balik Pulau.

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  8. I hate going to such coffee shop where they fry and you walk home with the smokey smell.

    Both laksa looked good. If me, I go for the Siam.

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    1. Most coffee shops where they have ckt, the customers will walk home with the smokey smell.

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  9. Assam Laksa...my all time favourite. I only tried the one at the Ayer Itam market ( near the Kok Lok Si temple) everytime I go Penang. Didn't know Balik Pulau also has famous Asam Laksa.

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    1. I heard that the one you tried is the best in Penang but I have never tried it.

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  10. Wow! Everything looks yummy and I love both types of laksa. I must bookmark this place for my future trip to Penang.

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    1. Please do but Balik Pulau is a must for durians! :)

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  11. If I eat Laksa, I will end up visiting the toilet, I like the fried spring rolls, I can eat many

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    1. But if let me choose, I would prefer Siam Laksa like Princess Ribbon

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    2. I think you can eat ten plates of the fried spring rolls here.

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    3. Like Princess Ribbon, I guess you prefer lemak than sour.

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