Laksa, also known as asam laksa is a sour fish-based soup. The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, "daun kesum" (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint) and pink ginger flower. Asam laksa is normally served with thick rice noodles and topped off with "hae ko" (蝦羔), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste. More info can be gotten from here.
Yes. These two delicious laksa came from 2 different stalls located at the same site; the parking lot of Padang Polo Club of Ipoh town. Prior to departing from Tambun hotel, we asked one of the workers there where can we get good localized food..Dunno why they seemed to be at a dazed, hence could not gave a proper feedback. What catches my mind was "Oh, if want decent laksa, u can get em at padang polo". A single sentence from a bunchful of mumbo jumbo lol. Then we just look em up through gps.
A lil bit embarrassed to say, I ate both laksa from the stalls present just to know the difference. With just RM2, the laksa were served in a polystyrene bowl with a paper napkin and a plastic spoon, identical in both stalls. The difference can be observed on the napkin colour as well as the taste and the morphology of the gravy.
The first laksa was abit watery, but really has great taste! It more of a normal laksa that we usually get at decent places. The nature was not hot at all and the aroma was tantalizing. The gravy was smooth, murky and light. With a squeeze of lime and haeko, it became a delectable :)
The second one has a more reddish gravy. I think she might just doubled her chili paste to give it a slightly higher pitch in hotness as compared to previous stall. But its not hot to my scale at all, trust me. This one is garnish with mint leaves (the one in colgate one) and lime. Hence, it gave a quite distinctive taste, more like the penang laksa. The fish was course, hence can be tasted in the gravy.
Overall, both laksa was really tasty! I regret that I didn't remember to interview them a little to get more info. These are way much better then the ones here in Seri Kembangan where the basic price is RM3.00-RM3.50. I truly long for them even now T____T
a) Laksa Ipoh
Parking lot of,
Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abd Aziz (Padang Polo Ipoh)
Coordinates : N 04.59500 E 101.11227
Business hour : unknown (the time we ate was about 2 pm)
Rating : 7/10