Pasar Air Itam Laksa in Penang, Malaysia

Up in the hills of Penang, tourist and locals are flocking to visit Kek Lok Si Temple. The huge temple is a thing of beauty and it offers a great view of Georgetown.

It was also a chance, you guessed it, to do some Anthony Bourdain food tourism. Pasar Air Itam Laksa seem to be a favorite for the local foodie bloggers too.

Luckily for me, I spotted the famed stall from the bus on my way to the temple. Air Itam is the little neighborhood at the foot of the temple.

We went to try the laksa at around 11:30 AM and it wasn’t too busy. We sat and ordered two laksas.

It’s my first laksa ever, so if you are not familiar with it, it’s a spicy sour soup made with a fish stock, fermented shrimps and a bunch of herbs which included some mint.

The soup has some rice noodles and I watched how the chef filled and empty the bowl a couple times for the purpose of warming up the noodles.

I loved the complexity of this apparently simple dish. The sour nature of this laksa might not be for everyone. My wife took only one bite and pushed her bowl my way. If you visit the temple, give this laska a try,

Pasar Air Itam Laksa

11500 Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia