So you are at Balik Pulau because some locals swear by the laksas here. Note I use the plural, because there are actually two types of tasty laksa you will find here – Asam and Siam (lemak) version. Once you get past the winding hilly roads leading to the small town, finding the laksa stalls will be a breeze – since they are just along the main street and better still, opposite each other!
There are two famous stalls here, one at Kafe Chuan Heong which I posted before and Kim Laksa at Nan Guang Coffee Shop. After having tasted both sides of laksa in the same afternoon, I personally do not find a lot of difference between them.
So to be honest, I can’t tell you which is better because it all boils down to your personal taste. But my preference leans towards Chuan Heong’s – simply because the soup is made spicier hence suits my palate better. And not to mention the coffee shop is more comfortable to eat at too.
Since the stall was first setup in the early 1970s, it has seen two changes of owners.
Unless you are a hardcore Asam/Siam laksa lover, I wouldn’t really recommend coming all the way here for them. This is especially true if you are only visiting Penang for only short period of time.
Nan Guang Coffeeshop,
67 Main Road,
11000, Balik Pulau, Penang
GPS Coordinates: N 5 21.10698 E 100 14.14799
Business hours: 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Closed on Wednesday)