Ah Leong Laksa @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.
Hidden behind the ubiquitous food lane of Raja Uda, Ah Leong Laksa at Taman Melur is truly a hidden gem; not only the location is unnoticeable and inconspicuous but it does not have a clear sign board indicating the place, so the patrons who find their way here are generally in the know. Nestled within a terrace house, Ah Leong Laksa is not a one-trick pony, it sells many home-made delicacies too. For instances, Prawn Crackers, Chai Kueh (Steamed Vegetables Dumplings), Ice Kacang and Cendol. Diners can now appease all cravings (of Cendol and Assam Laksa) at one go.
Directions to Ah Leong Laksa:
From Jalan Raja Uda, locate Pangsapuri Melur (Butterworth) and you should be able to see a traffic right right in front of the flat. Take a right turn into the housing area (of Taman Melur) and take a left turn at the FIRST junction after turning into the road. Drive until the very end of the road and you should be able to see a Chinese Temple on your left and Ah Leong Laksa on your right shortly.
We were pleased by the impressionable quality of their Assam Laksa (Rm 3.20). Unlike other Assam Laksa, Ah Leong's possesses a piquant Assam/ Tamarind flavor (veering towards the sour side of course) with an agreeable amount of spiciness. In spite that the broth may be a little spicy for some, but we certainly enjoyed that extra Chili kick. The noodles, on the other hand, were smooth but not as springy as I would have hoped.
Ah Leong's signature Prawn Cracker (Rm 0.40) was simply amazing. The shattering crispiness of the Crackers can be addictive and deep fried food lovers will struggle to stop at one. To enjoy the Prawn Cracker, you can either dip it into the broth or to enjoy it with Chili Sauce.
We did not find their Chai Kueh/ Steamed Vegetable Dumplings (Rm 0.70) outstanding though. I thought the skin was a little thick and the texture was a little too dry to my liking.
Thirst-quencher was Cendol (Rm 2), Ah Leong's version is a little different. Despite it comes with a rather generous amount of Red Beans and Cendol but they were not drenched in Coconut Milk in which we were left underwhelmed. While it may not be a scene-stealer, it did not disappoint us with the bountiful addition of the sweet and aromatic Gula Melaka flavor.
Another option to quell the unbearable heat- Ice Kacang (Rm 2) comes in a hearty portion with plentiful toppings- Creamed Custard Corn, Peanuts, shredded sweetened Nutmeg, Jelly, Cendol, Red Beans, completed with Rose Syrup, Palm Sugar Syrup and Evaporated Milk.
Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 1, Lorong Melur 16, Taman Melur, 16300, Butterworth, Penang.
Business Hours: 2pm to 6pm. Closed on every Monday.
Contact Number: 6019- 458 5510