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Malaysia’s Penang Assam Laksa Reviewed

The world’s 26th most delicious food hails from Malaysia, and it’s no other than Penang Assam Laksa. Basically a spicy-sour fish broth with noodles, the Assam Laksa could be prepared either with sardines or fresh fish, particularly the mackerel.

And so, other key ingredients include: tamarind, chili, mint, ginger, galangal, pineapple, onion and lemongrass.

Now, let’s see the video on how it’s done..

As we can see, the dish used sardines as one of its ingredients instead of fresh fish which is actually better. Then again, to each his own, yes?!

The Ingredients...

Still, using sardines reminds us of a dish similar to that of in the Philippines; however, the taste greatly differs because while Filipinos just simply use bamboo shoots or what is known as “udong” – Malaysians pride themselves with added garnishing making the dish one of the yummiest in the world.

Tips: Don’t be confined to certain fishes, a similar but higher quality fresh fish would certainly improve the flavor. Try the yellowtail kingfish.

Speaking of flavors, for a spicier soup – add chili. If you want it less sour – reduce the tamarind. Otherwise, for a pungent flavor, more shrimp paste would do. (SeasonWithSpice)