For many Malaysians, when Penang is mentioned, they think about food; not of posh restaurants but rather of humble eateries and hawker stalls along narrow streets.
To most foodies, Penang is synonymous with awesome hawker fare.
This 27 August to 9 September, you’ll be in for a spicy and sour treat at the Malaysian Food Street. For only two weeks, guest chef Auntie Mooi from Penang will be in town to dish out the traditional Penang Laksa, more commonly known in Singapore as the Assam Laksa.
With more than 20 years of experience and famous for her sizzling hot and sour laksa – she sells up to 300 bowls of Penang Laksa daily – Auntie Mooi is now a food ambassador for the Penang State Government. In their efforts to promote Penang Street Food, she has travelled to Australia, China, Macau and now, Singapore to serve up this delightful dish that promises to ‘awaken your senses’.
If you are game for something spicy and sour, this is for you. At $5 per bowl, the highlight is the thick and spicy fish broth which is painstakingly prepared with three types of fish meat and a mix of spices like chilies, galangal, lemongrass, fruity ginger flower, tamarind and dried tamarind skins. Generously topped with finely sliced vegetables, mint leaves, shredded red onions, red cut chillies and a spoonful of sinfully gluey prawn paste (hei ko), it is the ultimate dish to whet your appetite and leave you wanting more.
If you are not a fan of hot and spicy food, don’t despair; the Malaysian Food Street has 18 stalls that boasts a wide variety of other specialties such as the Famous Jalan Alor KL Hokkien Mee, Kuala Lumpur’s Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice and Malacca’s Chicken Rice Ball. If you prefer something light, try the new Straits of Satay, served with a crushed peanut sauce mixed with pineapple pureé – absolutely satisfying.
Fun Fact: Do you know why Penang Laksa is also commonly known as Assam Laksa?
Assam is the Malay word for sour, but it is often used as an abbreviation for assam jawa or tamarind, which is commonly used to give the stock its sour flavour.
Malaysian Food Street’s operating hours
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Sunday: 9am – 10pm