There’s a very interesting story to Ah Cheng Laksa, a popular street food franchise that has made it’s way into shopping malls all around Malaysia.
The owner, Edmund, is a young entrepeneur in his 30s from Kedah, where his aunt (Ah Cheng) sold laksa: a sour, fish and tamarind-based noodle soup that also includes ingredients like red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, mint, torch ginger and a whole host of other pungent, strong-flavoured herbs and spices… as well as hae ko (thick shrimp paste). While studying in KL, he found that he couldn’t find this excellent taste anywhere in the Klang Valley. So Edmund started his own shop at a hawker center and night markets, which became very popular with the locals.
The rest, as they say, is history.
I had my first taste of Ah Cheng Laksa at a food review for my old job at the paper. While I like their asam laksa, which is thick and rich, my personal favourite is their curry laksa, or curry noodles.
Pick from a choice of thick yellow noodles, kuey teow (glass noodles), vermicilli, or mix them together. Steamy hot curry broth is ladled over chunks of tender chicken, long beans, a smattering of bean sprouts and tofu pok (beancurd). I like to add loads of extra cockles in mine.
Fat, juicy cockles are really what makes this dish so divine. The soup is so creamy and flavourful you can easily finish the whole bowl without realising it.
The outlet is self-service, where you order at the counter and then collect your food when your number is called. Prices are reasonable and they have set lunches that come with a drink.
Ah Cheng Laksa
G18B2, Ground Floor,
Old Wing, IOI Mall Puchong
47100 Puchong, Malaysia
Open: 10am – 10pm