Penangites are really a bunch food wizards. The assam laksa is the product of their magic. Instead of sugar and spice and everything nice, the Penangites prepared the assam laksa with all the combination of sweet, sour and spicy flavor that will absolutely cause an explosion in your mouth. The broth is made by using either mackerel or sardine fish as a base. It is also mixed with tamarind juice to add to the sour taste of the broth. There are also other supporting ingredients such as ginger, shrimp paste, shallots, galangal and lemongrass added inside the broth. Assam laksa is often garnished with sliced onions, sliced cucumbers, sliced pineapple, sliced lettuce and mint leaves. It is also served with a spoonful of otak udang (shrimp sauce) on the side. Every spoonful of the assam laksa will guarantee to make the eater feel satisfied.
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