I think this is some exciting news that friends of Bo and Burmese food is gonna be happy to learn.
Suanne and I were at Bo Laksa King’s new restaurant a week ago. We were there with Grayelf and TimeToChow after the dinner at Luda where we decided to take go to Bo’s for some dessert.
End of (Laksa) Era … and Beginning of a New (Briyani) Era!
While we were there for desserts, Bo told us that he will be closing down his “flagship” counter in Joyce at the end of October.
It’s kind of sad to see that humble little counter in the Joyce-Way Food Market (original blog here). This “flagship” store is where Vancouver discovered the great laksa and other equally great Burmese fare that Bo served. It spread very quickly by word of mouth and before long people were making a bee-line to try his laksa.
That was just a little over 1 year ago when Bo was “discovered”. He had been running both the counter and the new place on East Hastings for a few months already. It is taking a toll on him and Tiffanie running two eateries. So it was not a surprise to anyone that he will have to let go of that humble counter sooner or later.
So, thinking that today is the last day I could get Bo’s Laksa from the “flagship” restaurant, I drove over to the Joyce location to get take out. For old time’s sake. 🙂
Yes, the picture above was the one I bought for lunch today.
Well, it seems like Bo had decided to keep the counter running for one more month. Yeah, instead of closing in end of October, the new closing date will be end of November.
The above is Bo’s “flagship restaurant”. LOL! Such humble beginnings.
So on the way out after getting the laksa, guess who stopped me as I was leaving the convenience store?
Earlier this year, Suanne and I attended the Burmese Water Festival where we had such a great Burmese feast (blog post and food porn here). The food was fantastic and not to mention free too! Of course the food was organized by Bo but there is another lady who played a great part in preparing the food too. Well, that same lady is the owner of the Joyce-Way Food Market convenience store.
So she stopped me as I was heading out. I was surprised that she still recognized me. Guess what she told me.
OMG, she told me that … she had plans for the counter. As soon as she said that my mind flashed back to the fabulous Chicken Briyani she made during the Burmese Water Festival. That dish was the best among all the great dishes we had at the festival.
And she said that she is going to make that spot into selling her Briyani! I think this counter has good fung sui. LOL!
She told me she is going to vacation in Burma in December and will start on converting this space for Briyani when she comes back in January next year. She thinks she will be ready to start business in February. Oh … I so look forward to that.
Am marking it on my calendar already!
An Update On Laksa Hot Pot
A couple of months ago (I think), I brought up this whole thing about having a laksa hot pot. I posted a youtube video of a popular Singapore hot pot restaurant which had people raving about their laksa hot pot.
If Singapore can have it, so can Vancouver. I wanted so much to try a laksa hot pot — not just any laksa hot pot but the best laksa hot pot. In short, I fancy a Bo-branded hot pot!
So I wrote to Bo asking if he will be interested in this crazy idea of mine. He wasn’t sure initially. As most of you would have thought too, the broth for laksa might be too thick and too rich for hot pot. There is also the question of how the various meats thrown into the laksa will alter the taste of the broth.
Bo said he will need to think about it. He said he will experiment with some ideas.
And he reported back to me that the laksa hot pot was a success! He tested it out with his staff and they liked it … a lot. So, I am closer to achieving my goal to taste a laksa hot pot!
Of course the next question I had for him is … “Bo, when?”
He can’t say. I bounced off the idea of getting his curry and going to another hot pot restaurant to eat it. But it is his laksa broth and he should have the final say on this. He can’t tell me when just yet because I think he wants to control this and wants to weigh his options. I understand that.
Bottom line, folks … It is no longer just a crazy idea. It is any day now that Bo will give me his plans and I’ll organize a chowtimes LAKSA HOT POT dinner at Bo.
Back to Our Dessert At Bo’s
Back to the dessert we had at Bo’s last week. LOL!
We did not order much. We had the Durian Semolia Cake (Durian Sanwei Makin) which is $2.
It was creamy and had good durian flavour.
We also had Black Sticky Rice Pudding ($2.50). It was served warm. It was really thick and topped with coconut milk.
But Bo loved us (no not just Suanne and I but Grayelf and TimeToChow too!) because we know him so well.
He gave us complimentary Spicy Squid Salad. It was great and I never had this at Bo’s. Yeah this is nice and I recommend you try this when you happen to be at Bo’s. It tasted refreshing and the sauce was what made this so good. The sauce is made of basil, cilantro, Thai chili, lime juice, and fish sauce.
He also gave us some Coconut Agar Jelly to try. This one is nothing special.
Actually this post is not about the dessert. I just wanted to let you know of the status of the Laksa Hot Pot plan and the new Briyani counter coming up in the Joyce-Way food market.
I am excited.