Friday, May 14, 2010

Bo Laksa King

I felt hungry the other day and noticing that Bo Laksa King had their new website up, I thought it'd be a good idea to finally try them out. A word of note: their website lists that as of May 15th, their prices will no longer include tax, so there's going to be a bit of a price increase.

Bo Laksa King (inside Joyce-Way Food Market)
4910 Joyce St
Vancouver, BC V5R 4G6
(604) 339-0038

The roti canai ($5.99 for a large) is quite oily, including the curry chicken dip. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just different from what you would get at Banana Leaf. Bo's version is much chewier and therefore, quite different texturally. I also noticed that the flavour ends on a bit of a sweet note. Though the amount of oil makes it difficult to eat a lot of it, I do like the version here and would buy it again. My preference is for the dipping sauce to be less oily though.

Roti Canai, Bo Laksa King

I had the laksa with yellow noodle ($7.50), which was great. The flavour profile of the curry was complex, yet each spice could be distinguished. Overall, it was fragrant, tasty, and the noodles were well cooked. You can see from the picture that it's quite heavy on the coconut milk. In some ways, the coconut milk does mask some of the elegance of the curry sauce, but depending on if they add the coconut milk after, it's easy enough to request less or more of it.

Laksa, Bo Laksa King

I wasn't expecting much of the wraps ($4.50 each regular price) because they looked rather typical so I tossed them in the fridge after my meal. When I got back to it, only the curry chicken one was left. It was surprisingly good. The flavours worked well together and the ingredients felt balanced, not even the potatoes felt excessive. This is in contrast to a lot of the wraps available in Vancouver.

Wraps, Bo Laksa King

Great food, maybe a little overhyped. This place is close to my house, so I would happily go back. The quality in the cooking does show. I also noticed that they'll be having two new items on their menu, Faluda and a pickled mango salad from Myanmar. Descriptions from their website are listed below for reference.

Faluda - A great summer dessert, which is a popular beverage in South Asia made with rose water, tropical fruits, beans, ice cream and basil seeds along with condensed milk.

Pickle Mango Salad - Pickled green mango with red onion, crushed peanuts, dry shrimp, fired onions, sesame seeds, garlic chip and chick pea powder.

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