After extolling the virtues of the Taiwanese beef noodle, I would be remiss if I didn’t also tell you about laksa. A mixture of all things good from the Chinese and the Malay, found throughout Singpore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the laksa soup noodle is an equally wonderous thing, for which the city now also has a self-proclaimed monarch: Bo Laksa King.

Bo Laksa King isn’t the easiest place to find, and if not for consistently glowing reviews and support from the likes of Chowtimes and folks on Chowhound, it would be downright impossible. Instead of a proper storefront, Bo Laksa King is a separate counter set within the Joyce-Way Food Market, run hawker-style in proper homage to your typical laksa joint in Asia. With that said, unless you like eating within the aisles of the neighbourhood grocery market on tables set beside the boxed juice, Bo Laksa King is strictly takeout.

It is highly considerate, then, that Bo packs the soup separate from the noodles, so that the latter doesn’t sit stewing in the soup for the long car trip home. The soup is the true attraction, a curry-based, coconut milk elixir, replete with flavours of lemongrass, shallots, tumeric…the list goes on ad infinitum. This is served with your choice of vermicelli or yellow Hokkien noodles, alongside fish balls, prawns, chicken, tofu puffs and chopped shallots and cilantro. Compared with other places in town, this laksa is rich without being overly dense or heavy, and intricate in flavour without any reliance on MSG.

We re-plated our laksa so you get the full effect:

Among the few constant items on the menu - the laksa, roti, wraps - Bo Laksa King also features weekend specials, typically of a dish of southeast Asian descent. This is largely due to Bo’s background, having left his native home of Burma to cook in kitchens throughout the region. We ordered a coconut rice with chicken curry, served with a spicy cucumber relish. The Thai yellow curry was as great, but the coconut rice was incredibly flavored, and a real testament in how a simple side dish can vary incredibly from place to place, with Bo Laksa King’s being the top of the heap.

Again, (a small portion) replated at home:

The hawker stand also does home delivery now as well, a salvation from the navigational complexities of finding the place. The menu is strictly online, and features a wider range of options than at the stand itself.


Bo Laksa King
4910 Joyce Street
Vancouver BC

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Taryn said... @ March 17, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I love laksa! Can't wait to try this place.

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