Updated: 2nd Nov 2014; Bo no longer running this restaurant.
Bo has finally taken another step to expand his little business. A lot of the fans of Bo’s Laksa had been asking Bo to open a proper restaurant so that they can taste the entire repertoire of his food instead of just being limited to Laksa, Roti and Wraps.
And the sweet thing is that you can get free Laksa and Roti Canai too. Details are at the bottom of this post.
The restaurant that Bo is opening is called the Bo Laksa King Bubbles and Bits. It is Bo’s joint venture with Bubbles and Bits.
The restaurant is located on 2546 East Hastings. That location is just east of Nanaimo. Looks like it is a great location too. The restaurant is bigger and more comfortable.
I was joking with Bo that with the opening of the new location, he should not ignore his “flagship” restaurant. This quaint little counter-stall is where the now famous “Bo Laksa” began.
Bo’s Laksa reached legendary proportions when the Vancouver chowhounds broke the news of this little counter inside a Burmese convenience store serving some of the most delicious laksa that they had ever tasted. We went to check this place out and it was really good (see our blog post here).
While Bo makes great laksa, he makes a lot of good delicious food too. Earlier this year, Suanne and I had the privilege to try more of Bo’s cooking when he invited us to the Burmese New Year Water Festival. You should check out the post here where I had posted pictures of the buffet spread Bo prepared.
So with the opening of the Bo’s Laksa King Bubbles and Bits on Monday July 26th, all of us will be able to taste over … 30 different dishes on a regular basis. Here is the menu:
APPETIZER & SNACK
FISH CAKE — 香煎鱼饼 — $4.75
SHRIMP CAKE — 香煎虾饼 — $4.75
ROTI CANAI — 印度手抓饼 — $3.99(small)$5.99 (large)
SATAY CHICKEN — 沙爹鸡肉串 — $3.50
SATAY BEEF — 沙爹牛肉串 — $3.50
SATAY LAMB — 沙爹羊肉串 — $3.95
SUMMER ROLL — 夏日卷 — $4.50
SPICY SQUID — 酸辣鱿鱼 — $5.75
CHICKEN STRIP — 甜辣鸡柳 — $5.50
LAKSA — 椰香咖喱面/粉 — $7.50
MOHINGAR — 鱼汤米线 — $7.50 (THE NATIONAL DISH OF BURMA (MYANMAR))
PAD THAI — 泰式炒粉 — $8.75
SINGAPORE NOODLE — 星洲炒米线 — $7.75
MEE GORENG — 印尼炒面 — $7.75
NASI GORENG — 印尼炒饭 — $7.50
PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE — 菠萝炒饭 — $8.75
THAI BASIL CHICKEN FRIED RICE — 泰式香叶鸡炒饭 — $6.75
DRUNKEN BEEF — 酒醉牛肉饭 — $8.75
BASIL EGGPLANT — 香叶茄子饭 — $7.75
BEEF RENDANG — 马来咖喱牛肉饭 — $8.75
CURRY CHICKEN — 缅甸咖喱鸡饭 — $7.50
BUTTER CHICKEN — 印度牛油鸡饭 — $7.95
PORK CURRY — 缅甸咖喱猪肉饭 — $7.50
LAMB CURRY — 缅甸咖喱羊肉饭 — $11.75
TOM YAM — 泰式酸辣汤/汤粉 — $5.75
TOM KHA — 泰式椰香酸辣汤/汤粉 — $5.75
LAHPET THOKE — 茶叶沙拉 — $7.50 (FERMENTED TEA LEAF SALAD)
JIN THOKE — 姜丝沙拉 — $6.75 (BURMESE GINGER SALAD)
GREEN MANGO SALAD — 青芒果沙拉 — $6.75
PAPAYA SALAD — 青木瓜沙拉 — $6.75
PICKLE MANGO SALAD — 腌芒果沙拉 — $7.50
I like Bo’s food like a lot of people does. That above is going to take some time to eat through the list for sure.
One thing I told Bo is that between the location and quality of food, the quality of the food is the most important. On one hand I selfishly wanted Bo to continue to be small so that the quality doesn’t change but then I know Bo Laksa King will need to grow.
Bo says he knows that quality of the food is the most important thing he needs to protect. We’ll see how this turns out.
The “flagship” location on Joyce will still continue to operate and no, he is not closing it down.
BTW, please remember that while I posted this ahead of time, the restaurant on East Hastings is not opening until Monday, July 26th. The restaurant will open proper on August 8th. Between July 26th and August 8th, it will be his “demo period”, trial run so to speak.
Between July 26th and August 8th, you can try Bo’s Laksa and Roti at a discount. The regular and discounted prices are:
- Laksa: Regular at $7.50 and Discount at $5.00
- Roti Canai: Regular at $4.00 and Discount at $2.50
I know it is kind of strange. If you want to take advantage of the discount, you have to buy the coupons above from Bo’s “flagship” location on Joyce. You buy the coupons and then go to use/redeem it at the East Hasting location.
Let me save you some trouble. Bo gave us three and three coupons above. If you want it AND only if you can make it during that validity period, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your mailing address and which coupon you want (roti or laksa) and we will mail it to you. Since we have only limited coupons, we will only send one per person. I think it will go very fast … so, once it is all accounted for, I will post an update here.
Update: all the coupons are accounted for already. Thank you for the quick responses.
The rumour has been swirling around for a while already.