Laksa with soup is popular and common in Penang but how about fried laksa? This is our first times encounter with such special dish while they claimed to be Penang no.1 fried laksa too. While the other end of Jalan Siam nearing to Jalan Anson serves good Char Koay Teow, the fried laksa stall is located at Yan Yam Cafe, Jalan Siam's end nearing to Jalan Dato Keramat.
As the name suggested, fried laksa simply means the laksa noodles are being fried just like fried koay teow or fried rice. It is available in 2 versions - addition of egg (RM 6) and without egg (RM 5). When asked why the chef has sparked up such an unique idea, he mentioned that it was due to economy constrain that coerced him with an unique dish to increase selling points.
So how is the verdict? The fried laksa in fact exhibited the natural sourness just like the soup laksa, though to a lower level yet pleasant in taste. On top of that, the chef had creatively frying it with red onions and cucumbers which furthered enhanced its taste to demonstrate its piquancy. Laksa noodles still well maintained its natural springiness and tasted alike "bee tai bak" actually. It is an unique dish with enticing taste, and definitely worth the efforts to locate a parking spot just to try it.
The cafe also serves tomyam noodles and Korean fried chicken. As Korean fried chicken was closed during our visit, we went for the tomyam noodles. Various ingredients are available for pick as dishes to be cooked together with the tomyam, with popular choice such as meatballs, dumplings, enoki mushrooms and minced meat. Fried fish fillets are available as well, and they are served on a separate bowl to reduce the sogginess due to soaking in the tomyam soup.
Price is reasonable for the tomyam. It cost us about RM 10 for the above portion, which we have taken some meatballs, abalone slices, vegetables, dumplings and fried fish fillets. The soup is hot and spicy, with the burning sensation gradually increase from time.
Well, let's not wait longer before you try up your very first plate of fried laksa in your journey in Penang!
Fried Laksa @ Yan Yam Cafe
14, Jalan Siam, 10400, Georgetown Penang
Operation Hour : 11:30am - 2:30pm & 6:00pm - 11:00pm (Mon - Fri); 4pm - 11pm (Sat & Sun); Close on Tuesday