Category: Balik Pulau

Kim Laksa @ Nan Guang Coffee Shop, Balik Pulau, Penang

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!

penang-assam-laksa

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.

So you are at Balik Pulau because some locals swear by the laksas here. Note I use the plural, because there are actuall...

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Lemak Laksa @ Laksa Balik Pulau, Kafe Chuan Heong

Balik Pulau is famous for two things: durian and laksa. Here, two types of laksa are widely available: assam laksa and lemak laksa, where the latter is also known as Thai/Siam laksa. I seldom venture into Balik Pulau because the drive is quite strenous due to the long, windy road. But for personal satisfaction sake to explore Penang entirely, I took a trip to visit the small, quiet town that is currently experiencing much deserved developments. You will find Balik Pulau still as laid back but at least not that ‘ulu’ as being peddled around in the past.

siamese-laksa

Assam laksa is a love or hate it to death thing. If you happen to loathe it then you might want to give the lemak version a try. The gravy is prepared with coconut milk giving it the creamy and slightly sweet taste instead of being sourish. Ingredients wise it is similar to assam laksa, still the same ikan kembung, cucumber, pineapple, cili padi etc and still topped with prawn paste (optional) I actually prefer the lemak version, am not a fan of sourish food.

Balik Pulau is famous for two things: durian and laksa. Here, two types of laksa are widely available: assam laksa and l...

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