One of the most famous Penang food is Laksa. Visiting Penang without eating Laksa is like going to Thailand without trying Tomyam or visiting New York but didn’t visit the Statue of Liberty or even going to Paris without visiting Eiffel Tower. However, for most people, the guide to Penang Laksa is only to the one at Air Itam. No doubt that it is one of the best in Penang, but if you want a more comfortable place with less queue and with equivalent quality of taste, you can always try out the alternate stall in Farlim which is called Farlim Shell Station Laksa Cafe.
It is not hard to locate this place, if you are driving from Penang Bridge, you will need to use Jalan Masjid. Look for the left junction that you will turn into Lorong Batu Lanchang. Drive along Lorong Batu Lanchang, you will find there is a traffic light junction that will lead to the left to Lebuhraya Thean Tek. Keep driving until you pass by All Seasons Place on your left. You need to keep driving until you see another traffic light junction in front of you.Keep driving for another 100 metres and just before you pass KFC on your left, turn left into Jalan Medan Angsana 1. On your second right junction, you will see Jalan Medan Angsana 4, keep driving for 50 meteres and you will see the cafe on your left.
Just before entering the shop, you will big packs of shrimp cracker hanging beside the laksa stall.
Bowls of laksa with ingredients are pre-prepared and stacked up, waiting the laksa soup to be filled in.
A big hot pot of laksa soup was boiling beside the stall, making the atmosphere full of hot, spicy and sourish aroma. It was mouth-watering the moment you get near to the stall.
The serving of a bowl of laksa will come with crispy spring roll.
Laksa – RM3.00, the tasty bowl of laksa consists of boneless Kembong fish, assam peel, blended shallots, garlic, chilies, tumeric and lemongrass. The noodle is the regular type of thick rice vermicelli. A complete bowl of laksa is topped with Kembong fish slices, fish balls, mint leaves, slices of onion, slices of pineapple, chopped wild ginger flower and some shrimp paste.
The taste of the soup was thick and full of kembong fish taste. It has a balanced combination of sourness, sweetness, hotness, spiciness and a tad of saltiness. It is indeed one of the greatest laksa in Penang.
Crispy Spring Rolls – 90sen/ each. The spring roll was stuffed with yam bean and carrot. It was then deep fried until golden in color. The spring roll was crispy and delicious. For me I like to soak it into the laksa soup as this will enhance the flavor and also eliminate the oily sense.
If you are looking for light refreshment, you can always order Cheng Po Liang or Ais Kacang.
Cheng Po Liang – RM2, this refreshment consisted of pickled lai chee, longan, red bean, white fungus, jelly cubes, boiled sago and topped with some ice cubes.
The refreshment was not too sweet, the taste blended with some red bean, chewy jelly and sago and hence making this drink more delightful.
Ais Kacang – RM2, the bowl of refreshment was filled with red beans, leong fun, boiled sago, some peanuts, rose syrup and sarsi essence. It was then topped with shaved ice.
At first glance of this refreshment, you might think that this is just a bowl of shaved ice with all the coloring. However, if you dig into the bowl, you will soon find that all the goodies are at the bottom of the bowl. This is the ultimate cooling refreshment compared to Cheng Po Leong.
Overall, this place serves both hot and spicy dishes. On another hand, it also serves cooling and refreshing desserts. There are many public parking lots around the the shop. The taste of the food was delightful while the drinks were chilling.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (Closed on Alternate Tuesday)
Contact: 016-459 7179
Address: Medan Angsana 4, Bandar Baru Air Itam,
GPS: 5° 39′ 06.62″ N, 100° 28′ 33.73″ E