Recipe Penang Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa is a renowned Malaysian dish that is particularly popular in the Penang region and is known for its vibrant blend of sour and spicy flavors. This recipe combines a symphony of ingredients that tantalize the taste buds, making it a favorite among locals and food enthusiasts worldwide.


  1. 500g mackerel fish
  2. 200g rice noodles (thick)
  3. 1 liter water
  4. 3 stalks lemongrass (bruised)
  5. 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  6. 4-5 pieces tamarind pulp (soaked in water, strained)
  7. 150g pineapple (sliced)
  8. 100g cucumber (julienned)
  9. 50g mint leaves
  10. 50g laksa leaves (Vietnamese mint)
  11. 4-5 red chilies (seeded, sliced)
  12. 4-5 shallots (sliced)
  13. 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  14. 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  15. 1 tablespoon oil
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Sugar to taste


  1. Boil the mackerel fish in water until cooked. Remove, debone, and flake the fish.
  2. heat oil and sauté shallots, garlic, and shrimp paste until fragrant in a separate pot.
  3. Add water, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and tamarind juice. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, add flaked fish, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and sugar according to taste.
  6. Meanwhile, blanch rice noodles until cooked. Drain and set aside.
  7. place a portion of rice noodles in a bowl to serve.
  8. Ladle the hot fish broth over the noodles.
  9. Garnish with pineapple slices, cucumber, mint leaves, laksa leaves, and sliced red chilies.
  10. Serve immediately.


  • Adjust the amount of tamarind juice, salt, and sugar to balance the sourness, saltiness, and sweetness according to your preference.
  • For a spicier kick, increase the number of red chilies or add chili paste.
  • Fresh ingredients enhance the flavor, so try to use them whenever possible.
  • You can substitute mackerel with other firm-fleshed fish like mackerel tuna or Spanish mackerel.


  • Vegetarian Option: Replace fish broth with vegetable broth and omit the fish. Enhance with tofu or tempeh for protein.
  • Creamier Version: Add coconut milk to the broth for a richer texture.
  • Seafood Asam Laksa: Include prawns, squid, cockles, and fish for a seafood medley.

Nutritional Information: Note: Nutritional values may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes.

  • Calories: Approximately 350 kcal per serving
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 25g


Asam Laksa Penang is not just a dish; it's a cultural experience that reflects the diverse culinary heritage of Malaysia. With its tangy broth, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices, this dish captures the essence of Malaysian cuisine. Whether enjoyed as a comforting meal or shared with friends, Asam Laksa never fails to leave a lasting impression with its bold and unforgettable flavors.


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