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Penang Assam Laksa for Father’s Day

I don’t make a habit of re-visiting blogged recipes — it’d be a bit like re-visiting an ex boyfriend — but there are always exceptions to every rule. In this case, I’ve been itching to redo my Grandmother’s Penang Asam Laksa post for the longest time; while the words hold up fine the photography and styling don’t do my grandmother’s recipe justice.

Consider this photograph of the finished Assam Laksa in my old post.


Yikes. Apologies to anyone who stumbled upon my blog looking for an Assam Laksa recipe and found that. It looks completely unappetising. It doesn’t even look like Assam Laksa.

So I’ve been looking for an opportunity to tweak and re-blog this recipe and when Father’s Day rolled around today, I realised it was the perfect time. You see, my father absolutely loves this recipe as it’s adapted from his mother’s. Sadly, she passed away last year so cooking her food is a way of keeping her memory alive and making my dad happy.

Penang Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa is the perfect present for my dad because he’s not really into (bought) presents. A home-cooked meal based on his mother’s recipe, however, is something that he can truly appreciate.

So Happy Father’s Day, dad. We love you very, very much. And Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, too!


My Grandmother’s Asam Laksa 2 – re-worked and simplified

Assam Laksa is truly an exceptional dish – an intoxicating noodle soup dish with the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, sour, salty, and savoury flavours. This is not a dish for the meek and mild – this is an assertive and robust dish that will jolt your tastebuds and get your blood pumping. Enjoy!





A note on ingredients: my old post has (bad) photos of most of the ingredients for reference. I found all of them at my Asian grocer but the ginger flower is not always available. 

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