Updated: 17th Nov 2014; Bo Laksa King is closed.
There is something really different about Bo Laksa King’s.
Some of you would remember me writing about Bo’s Laksa about two months ago. I went out of my way to check out Bo’s Laksa simply because of rave reviews from Chowhounders. It is not often that Chowhounders gets excited altogether at the same time.
It is definitely a find. I think it’s because Bo Laksa King’s has this certain element of surprise because they operate in such humble setting. You will never expect to find a laksa counter inside a convenience store anywhere else.
Not only is the laksa great, both Bo and his wife Tiffany are genuine people. People do find them very approachable. I remember Michelle telling me during the 12B dinner that they had such a great time chatting with Bo for TWO hours! They are obliging and can easily relate to just about anyone.
A lot of people are rooting for Bo. I sense a lot of support for him to expand his business. Well, he had finally done so — but said that he wants to not grow too fast and have the quality of his food suffer. So he had decided to start a delivery business — with an expanded menu. He just started the delivery business earlier this month.
Last week, Bo wrote me an email asking us to provide him our home address and phone number. The reason is he wants to send some samples to try. We were hesitant to accept this because we live in the south end of Richmond and he operates from Vancouver near the Joyce SkyTrain station. It is a long way to do delivery.
But he was very persuasive and seeing that Bo and Tiffany are such great people, we did not hesitate to help him promote his business to chowtimes’ readers. The only condition is that he must send us his Laksa! Other than that he can send us anything else he wants.
The timing were perfect. Bo sent the samples to us just in time when we were about to get settled down to watch the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony on TV. We love it and certainly very different from getting pizzas for sure.
Bo’s Laksa is second to none. It is still the same price ($7.50) and equally as good. The laksa soup was still really warm when we got it and he delivered this in two containers … one for the soup and the other for the noodles. This is a good way to prevent the noodles from getting too soggy. We like our laksa soup really hot and went to microwave it really hot.
From just serving a few dishes at his counter on Joyce St, he now has 33 items, many of them new.
You can check all of his offerings on his new website: http://www.bolaksaking.com/
After the Laksa, the next thing we tried was the Papaya Salad. We had heard also good feedback of his papaya salad but have never tried it before.
Bo’s Papaya Salad is $6.75 and consists of shredded green papaya, tomato, onions, cilantro, crushed peanuts, fresh red chilli, dried shrimps, green beans, mix with garlic, lime, and vinaigrette dressing.
What we like best about the Papaya Salad is that it has a lot of dried shrimps and a few chili sprinkled throughout that gives a bit of heat in some bites. It was crunchy as we munch on it. Taste-wise, it has a pleasant sourness and spiciness to it.
The Pan Thay Stir Fry is $7.75. This is described as … stir fry yellow noodle, chicken, seasonal vegetables, with curry masala sauce.
Nice! This is simple stir fry yellow noodles which is soft. It has a slightly different twist to the Chinese stir fry noodles in that it has masala sauce. We can taste the spices used here. This reminds me of the Malaysian Mee Goreng. We like that it is stir fried drier — we have wet mushy stir fry noodles.
Nanzaro and Arkensen loved this the most and ended up having all of it.
The Lamb Curry is $11.75 and is the most expensive item on the delivery menu.
It was very good too. Suanne steamed some rice to go with the Lamb Curry. The lamb meat was tender and firm. Bo said that he makes this with his own special and secret curry spice. Oh yum!
The problem is that Bo sent us way too much food! Tiffany said that they want to send more and we said NO!
So we decided to save some of the food for the next day. We deliberately save the ($8.75) Pad Thai up because we wanted to test if it is still as good overnight in the fridge.
We got to give Bo the thumbs up. We like his Pad Thai … dryish and not too oily and wet like what we sometimes find elsewhere.
We just had to microwave it and it is still flavourful. Great to have for breakfast.
The last item is called the Tropical Yum ($8.75). It is a mixed vegetable stir fry – baby corn, sweet peppers, kangkong, tofu, bamboo shoot, celery with tamarind and sesame curry sauce.
Honestly, this one is not something we like. It is too “busy” with to many “heroes” … so much so that we don’t really know what we are eating. Suanne does not quite like the sourish taste and thought that it would be great if it was made with oyster sauce or fermented bean curd.
Anyway, Suanne and I wish Bo and Tiffany every success in their delivery business. If you would allow us to suggest, I think during the Olympics is a great time to check out Bo’s delivery especially if you watch the games on the TV.