Kafe Shell Station @ Paya Terubong, Penang.
This laksa was once being famous within the area (they had moved to a shop lot since then), but the quality has deteriorated according to some of my friends, as in it was not that delicious as compared to the time where they were still doing business right beside the shell station in Farlim, I have decided to try it out myself. Anyway, there are still some other interesting stuff that worth for your visit as well. They have ice kacang (ABC) and the Bak Kua (barbecue pork) bread. The place is some where near the Paya Terubong pasar malam (night market).
The laksa (Rm 3.50) was rather pricey but it comes with a big chunk of fish which makes it differs from the usual laksa where the fish will be soaked into the soup for a long time and end up being too soft. Other than the fish, a fishball will be added as well, although I do not see how it works with the laksa. The noodles were rather disappointing as the texture was way too soft to my liking. The soup was just okay for me but nevertheless, its quite worth of trying.
What makes a perfect combination with laksa ? My first choice will be those crispy spring rolls (popiah, Rm1). Simply dip these mouth-watering spring rolls into the aromatic soup will be a very good combination to enjoy these spring rolls. The aroma of the soup will be fused into the spring rolls to sort of pushing it to a whole new level. Recommended.
They have these old-school kind of food, I was not sure what they named it but it somehow like Bah Kua Roti in hokkien (Steamed bun with barbecue pork, Rm2). I do not take pork, so I've chosen this -- Black Pepper sausage instead of the barbecue pork. The sausage was perfectly grilled to perfection, the sausage maintains the crispiness the time it was being served to me. Some homemade sauce will be brushed through the sausage. Together with the hot and fluffy bun and the flavorful homemade sauce, they complemented each other well. Highly recommended.
The cafe serves ice kacang as well, this was the less-sugar version (Rm 2.50). The taste was normal but the toppings used were quite limited, as in the amount of red beans and herbal jelly etc. It definitely complements well with laksa and spring rolls.
Taste (for laksa): 6.5/10
Taste (for spring rolls): 8/10
Taste (for the Bak Kua Bun): 9.5/10
Government Tax: No
Service Charge: No
Address: 75, Medan Angsana 4, Bandar Air Itam, Penang. (Walk straight after you turned into Medan Angsana 4, Kafe Shell Station is facing a DVD stall)
Business Hour: 11am - 7pm.