Long before there was email forward, there was rumour spread from person to person. Air Itam laksa existed for maybe 30 years already. When the stall was very famous, a lot of people claimed that they put rolls of toilet papers into the soup to thicken it. Then, another rumour was they used chicken feeds as the smell or rather the stench of the soup is very strong, similar to chicken feeds.
However, inspite of all these rumours and the fact that the stall perched on a drain, next to a smell wet market, Air Itam laksa is still famous until now. I think I have never sat by the drain to eat the laksa before. However, I got a hankering for laksa tonight so we went to Air Itam market. I did not want to sit by the drain so hubby and I sat at the hawker’s place across the street.
They will deliver the bowl of laksa over to the hawker’s place as well.
The laksa gravy is not as thick as I remembered them. Anyway, I don’t even remember when was the last time I had Air Itam laksa.
Taste wise, it is nothing fantastic as most hawkers at other places have copied the style of Air Itam laksa. But if you want some authentic, dirty Penang eating places, then eat there for bloggable materials sake.
The Air Itam market hawker place at night is a dinghy, sad looking, dark eating place. There are not many hawkers around. However, the Hokkien char (fried noodles) stall seems to have a lot of customers. So, we ordered a packet to ‘tapau’ home. We had to wait for a looooong time due to the many customers.
I didn’t take a picture of the Hokkien char as the tapau packet of noodle was rather dried up as the noodles had absorbed all the gravy. But you know what? The Hokkien char is darn good as they use a lot of bak eu phok or fried lard. No wonder there are so many customers.
Beside this Hokkien char stall, there is a char hor fun stall and some curry fish head stall.