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Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Today, we bid a fond farewell to this great series of products from Way Premium Foods of Malaysia with a Malaysian favorite, Asam Laksa. Here’s some info about it from WIkipedia –

Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. Penang Asam Laksa listed at number 26th on World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[12] Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour (e.g. tamarindgelugur or kokum). Laksa typically uses asam keping, known as kokum in the English speaking world, which is a type of dried slices of sour mangosteens. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung (small mackerel of the Rastrelliger genus), and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, daun kesum (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint), and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with petis udang or “hae ko” (蝦膏), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.[1]

Variants of asam laksa include:

Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrassgalangal (lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mintpineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang. Penang Laksa is listed at number 7 on the World’s 50 best foodscompiled by CNN Go in July 2011

Time to cook – let’s go!

Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa – Malaysia

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles for 3~4 minutes. Drain and set aside. add liquid sachet to 200ml water and bring to a boil. Add noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A pillow pack of instant noodles.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge).

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A large wet sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

A spicy and sour scented paste.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pineapple, hard boiled egg, fried tofu with lemongrass, lettuce, fried garlic, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. This was just delightful. The broth has a tangy and sour hit to it with a nice tomato kind of taste. The noodles marry to it so well and it just sings of Penang flavor. Very impressed. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555861000861.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3092: Way Premium Foods Authentic Penang Asam Laksa - Malaysia

Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia)

Watch me put this together on the 150th episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #1835: Vit’s Taste Of Malaysia Penang Asam Laksa Ramen

Here’s something fancy – asam laksa ramen! Vit’s has a ramen line which uses these pouches of fresh ramen noodles – haven’t seen this kind of thing before with Malaysian flavors. Here’s a little about what asam laksa is from wikipedia:

Asam laksa is a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup. Penang Asam Laksa listed at number 26th on World’s 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN Go in 2011.[6] Asam is the Malay word for any ingredients that makes a dish tastes sour (e.g. tamarind, gelugur or kokum). Laksa typically uses asam keping, known as kokum in the English speaking world, which is a type of dried slices of sour mangosteens. The modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung (small mackerel of the Rastrelliger genus), and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint,daun kesum (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint) and pink bunga kantan (torch ginger). Asam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with petis udang or “hae ko” (蝦羔), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.

Penang laksa (Malay: Laksa Pulau Pinang), also known as asam laksa from the Malay for tamarind, comes from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is made with mackerel (ikan kembung) soup and its main distinguishing feature is the asam or tamarind which gives the soup a sour taste. The fish is poached and then flaked. Other ingredients that give Penang laksa its distinctive flavour include lemongrass, galangal (lengkuas) and chilli. Typical garnishes include mint, pineapple slices, thinly sliced onion, hε-ko, a thick sweet prawn paste and use of torch ginger flower. This, and not ‘curry mee’ is the usual ‘laksa’ one gets in Penang. Penang Laksa is listed at number 7 on the World’s 50 best foodscompiled by CNN Go in July 2011

Sound good? Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains prawn and fish. To prepare, take noodles out of one of the two pouches and run under water to loosen. Add paste to 250ml boiling water for 30 seconds. Add noodles and cook for 30 seconds. Stir and enjoy!

The the package contains two servings, so two of these fresh ramen pouches.

There are also two of these large paste sachets.

Paste!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. The noodles in this one were probably the best fresh pouch/shelf stable ramen I’ve had yet. Chewy and thick. The broth was top notch as well with a sweet and spicy flavor and a good amount of oiliness. The thickness was there – rich with bits of fish floating around. Awesome asam laksa! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9556354000810.

I must say that travelling to Malaysia was one of the highlights in my life. Here’s a Lone Planet guide to KL, Melaka and PG!

A day in Penang with curry mee and asam laksa!

#1620: Premiere Gold Penang Asam Laksa Bihun

Another new Malaysian variety! It seems like the Malaysian instant scene has really caught fire these days – and no complaints from me! This is asam laksa – asam means tamarind, so it has a sour taste to it. Couples with seafood flavors, Bihun is also known as rice vermicelli! Let’s have a look at this Premiere Gold Penang Asam Laksa!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add noodles to 380ml boiling water and cook 3-5 minutes. Add in contents of sachet and stir. Enjoy!

The block of bihun.

A single sachet, although a large one.

Scent includes fish and spices.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles came out very nicely – very thin bihun but not the ultra thin. The vermicelli was very well cooked with a good texture. The flavor from the paste was quite nice – a spicy, sour and fish flavor was ever present. I was expecting more broth though. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.EAN bar code 9555064200978.

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A short video showing an asam laksa hawker stall in Penang, Malaysia.