We just returned from lunch at Bo Laksa King which was a perfect way to spice up this wet and dreary afternoon. Bo Laksa King is a tiny restaurant inside Joyce-Way Food Market (4910 Joyce St. & Wellington), in East Vancouver. It’s run by Bo and his wife Tiffany, who are a warm and friendly couple.
Laksa is a flavorful and spicy noodle soup dish found throughout South East Asia, specifically Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and sometimes Indonesia.
You can find laksa around Vancouver and Richmond, but I haven’t discovered one that compares to the real stuff I’ve had at hawker stands in Singapore and KL, hole in the wall restaurants in Penang and Kuching, or at Yaohan’s in Brunei – until now!
They have seating for 4 people and usually have tables set up outside. Bo’s best friend owns the market, so he rents out the small space at the front of the store.
Usually, laksa is served all together in one bowl. This laksa ($7.50) soup was served separately from the ingredients, that way the noodles (your choice of vermicelli or yellow) don’t soak up all the yummy broth. Tofu puffs, chicken, boiled egg, prawns, cilantro, onions, bean sprouts, peppers, lime round off the dish. It was wonderfully delicious – rich, but not heavy, spicy, but not too hot, and had amazingly fresh ingredients – all the things that make a great laksa.
The restaurant serves beef, roti, or pork wraps for a quick lunch on the go. We ordered the Asian Beef Wrap ($4.50) – fresh and tasty.
Bo honed his culinary skills while living all over South East Asia. Bo (who’s from Burma) is not just the Laksa King, his menu also offers authentic Burmese dishes. He let us try tea leaves that had been aged for 6 years which he uses for the pickled tea leaf salad ($7.50).
We will definitely be back to try everything on the menu!