Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bo Laksa King - definitely king of Laksa


Bo Laksa King's Bubbles and Bits

2546 E Hastings St, Vancouver

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Food: 3.5
Service: 3.5
Price: Cheap

Bo Laksa King has been on my list for awhile now. A couple of month ago, I actually made my way to their original location by Joyce station only to discovered that they have moved to a new location on Hasting street. Although the old location at the time still had a few stuff they were offering, but they didn't have their most famous Laksa, so R and I just decided to wait and try the new restaurant.
Since I was attending a seminar in the area, I finally made my way over there.
The new restaurant looked a lot like a bubble tea shop, except it had a full menu. The restaurant was not big, it only had a few tables that can maybe accommodate up to 20 people at one time.
The food seemed like it took forever to come, but maybe it's because I was in a hurry, since we only had 1 hour for lunch. First up was the small Roti Canai ($3.99/small). The roti itself was flaky but it lacked that buttery taste. The curry dip was really disappointing to me. It was quite watery and missing the rich curry flavor.
Next up was my Thai Chicken Basil Fried Rice ($7.50). I loved this fried rice, as it really did bring back memories from back in the days when I use to live in Thailand. The rice was moist and flavorful. The chicken was tender and delicious. The basil really added that authentic taste. Also, did I mention this portion was huge, I only manage to finish about 1/2 of this. In a nutshell, I give this 2 thumbs up for taste and value.R went for their famous Laksa ($7.50), after all this is why we decided to try it in the first place. The broth was rich and creamy with a heavy coconut accent. The curry and dry shrimp paste was mild in comparison. Although milder than some other, it was still a very flavorful dish with a nice spicy kick to it. They also didn't skimped out on the toppings, as it was loaded with fish balls and tofu puffs. Overall, this was a solid dish.

As I already mentioned, the restaurant was rather small, so I am guessing there were maybe around 1 or 2 chefs at the back. Our orders took almost 20 minutes, but I guess the table of 6 that came in before us probably had something to do with it. Either way, the food here was definitely commendable, but just make sure you don't have somewhere else to go if they are busy, cause it could take awhile.


Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 3:18 AM

We have 2 chefs and we usually serve lunch rush of over 400 people. Makes a big difference to have a skilled schooled trained chefs, compared to self taught chefs.

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