Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan cuisine, which is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine. CNN Travel ranked Penang Assam Laksa 7th out of the 50 most delicious food in the world.
Asam laksa is a sour, fish-based soup and tamarind or locally known as “Assam Jawa” is commonly used to give the stock its sour flavor. It is also common to use asam keping (also known as asam gelugor), dried slices of sour mangosteen, for the added sourness.
The main ingredients include shredded fish, normally kembung fish or mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, “daun kesum” (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint) and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.