Different Types of Laksa in Malaysia


Laksa is one of the most recommended dishes you should try when traveling in Malaysia. The dish consists of rice noodles served with spicy broth and fresh toppings. Savour these different types of laksa across Malaysia.

Penang Asam Laksa

The Penang asam laksa (asam means sour in Malay) has a sour and spicy fish broth. Mackeral is mostly used as the broth base. Lemongrass, galangal, and chilli are added to create a defining flavour. It is served with thick rice noodles and fresh condiments such as sliced cucumbers, onions, mint, pineapples, strong and sweet prawn paste, and ginger flower. It is one of the most popular dishes to try in the island of Penang. We recommend this delicious laksa at Penang Road Famous Laksa and Farlim Shell Station Laksa Café.

Johor Laksa via Mothership

Johor Laksa

Johor Laksa uses spaghetti instead of rice noodles and egg noodles. The condiments are quite similar to the Penang asam laksa. It is served in thick sauce (cooked with coconut milk, fish, dried prawns, fresh herbs and spices) with spicy sambal chilli on the side. Squeeze a bit of lime, mix together, and dig in. It reminds you of the fusion of Italian pasta and Japanese udon. Enjoy this mouthwatering dish at Bumbu Asli and Restoran ZZ Sup Tulang.

Curry Laksa

The curry laksa is also known as curry mee. It is either served in rice noodles, egg noodles or a mix of both in coconut-based curry broth. Tofu, chicken, shrimp, and bean sprouts are added on top of the dish. Some restaurants serve the dish with fresh cockles. This dish can be eaten almost in every state of Malaysia. You can easily find this dish during your visit in Kuala Lumpur. Visit Madras Lane Curry Laksa, Alor Corner Curry Noodle and OUG Curry Laksa to fulfil your cravings.

Sarawak Laksa

Famous celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain named Sarawak laksa as ‘Breakfast of the Gods’. The Sarawak laksa broth is made with sambal belacan chilli, coconut milk, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, and lemongrass. It is served with rice vermicelli noodles and topped with sliced egg omelette, chicken strips, peeled boiled prawns, and chopped coriander leaves. Some restaurants add tofu and bean sprouts to the dish. In Sarawak, enjoy this savoury dish at Poh Lam’s Laksa at Chong Choon Café and Choon Hui Café. Otherwise, you head over to Aunty Christina’s Asam Laksa and SALTed that serves one of the best Sarawak laksa in Klang Valley.

Nyonya laksa via Nyonya Cooking

Nyonya Laksa

Nyonya laksa has a rich coconut-based broth, cooked with chicken bones and prawn shells. The Melaka’s dish is known as laksa lemak (fatty laksa). You will have the sweet and spicy taste in every bite and slurp of this mouthwatering dish. It represents one of Peranakan’s recipes and traditions with influences of Malay and Chinese culture. Have the Nyonya laksa at Baba Low in Melaka and Limapulo: Baba Can Cook in Kuala Lumpur.


Laksam can be found in Kedah and Terengganu. It is served with thicker bite-sized noodles. The mild, tasty and creamy broth is made with mackerel, coconut milk, tamarind, lemongrass, small onions, and slices of dried asam. You will get the side of raw vegetables, herbs and sambal chilli. These are served separately so you can add as much as you want into the bowl. The locals normally have them for breakfast. We recommend you have this at Restoran Tuu Dok Ko 1488 where they prepare the ingredients on the spot before serving.

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