I mostly concur with the previous reviewer. Except that the menu is hardly skimpy. You can view it here
There is one catch, this is the dinner menu, which you cannot have there, you must take out or have it delivered.
Yeah, it's a hole. It's a grocery store with like a few chairs. But they do a good job on the food all things considered. The assortment of dishes we tried were definitely unique, most you could not find elsewhere here I think. Like the fermented tea leaf salad. Big thumbs up on the roti canai and laksa as well. Don't miss the mohingar. The biggest miss was the satay. Probably will give that a pass next time.
For $65 all included, we fed 6 people and still had tons of leftovers.
Do yourself a favour and do the dinner takeout if you can, else you may miss a lot of the good stuff.
It's tough to compare to anything else we have in town here and they do a good honest job of the food, so for that reason, this gets recommended.
This Burmese place has been getting rave reviews & generating good buzz on other Vancouver sites, well the hype is real. This place is amazing, just what a true foodie place should be. They focus on offering a few menu items, but what they do offer is freshly cooked, and cooked well and tastes delicious. First let's start with the location it's a hole in the wall place that exists in a compact space within a small convenience grocery store! There is space only for a couple of people to sit so be prepared to do take-away and if there is a line to wait for your food. The laksa is a comforting bowl of flavourful but not too spicy coconut broth soup served with your choice of noodle and tidbits of flavourful toppings. If you like spicy dishes, thai food or curries you will love this dish. This is a complex dish because of the different flavours but the ingredients all work together in harmony as well. It's a must-try. The chicken satay is freshly grilled to order and served with a little bit of rice and delicious smooth peanut sauce. The chai is frothy, sweetened to taste, has a strong tea flavour with the creaminess of evaporated milk. I normally don't like tea and I loved this tea, in fact I wish I'd had two cups. They offer some unique dishes I've never even heard of like tea leaf salad and picked ginger salad. These dishes are meant to be eaten in small quantities like a chutney. So a tablespoon is a serving. Just ask for a sample if you are hesitant about purchasing the dish as tthey gladly offer samples of the salads. The pickled ginger salad consisted of shreds of ginger that tasted mildly fermented and this was topped off with deep-fried lentils. The lentil part was super tasty, the pickled salad was different, definately something of an accquired taste but I'm glad I tried it. The menu is small and some other things they offer at tortilla wraps, even though it says roti wraps this is more of a fusion dish so they use tortilla. I don't recommend this as it wasn't as good. I had the chicken roti (well tortilla) wrap and it wasn't that great. Just a mix of some chicken potatos and frozen mixed veggies. However if you get a soup the wraps are a good deal as they are $2 off. Oh and the prices for all their dishes are very reasonable. Apparently on weekends they offer a few more dishes like curry chicken. I wish Vancouver had more of these places that offer unique authentic foods cooked with care. You can tell the articulate owners are passionate about food and enthusiastic about sharing their cuisine. While it was in a small grocery store the atmosphere was positive and in Asia in countries like Thailand or Indonesia it's a common practise for small food vendors to just set up shop outside so you can spend an afternoon or evening wandering up and down the impromtu food stalls in back allies or in front of houses or shops just snacking on tasty morsels of food. They do have plans to expand so do visit them while they are still in the grocery store, it is unique. I heartily recommend this place. Also be sure to visit the Latin bakery next door they have yummy pan de sel buns, empanadas and addictive tres leches cake.
After hearing rave reviews about this place, we ventured out to try it, being a big laksa fan. Almost missed it since we weren't expecting it to be actually inside a small corner grocery store. We were a bit skeptical, the area looked a little sketchy and it's absolutely a hole in the wall, but we bravely walked inside. The lady greeted us with a friendly hello, and seeing that we were new she offered some suggestions. We were just there for the laksa though, so we sat down to wait at the only seating available inside - two very small round tables with four folding chairs around them. We were literally sitting next to the instant noodle and juice shelves in the store. It definitely had that old corner grocery store smell, which is not the most appetizing, but gave it an authentic 'somewhere in Asia' feel. There are also a couple tables outside, which is a great alternative in the summer, but we stayed inside because of allergies.
Our laksa came, and it smelled great. The soup was tasty and creamy, with just the right hint of spiciness. Slices of red onion and cilantro was a good mix with the egg, shrimp, tofu puffs, meat and fish balls. My only complaint is that the vermicelli was a bit undercooked...or maybe I just like my noodles a little softer. Very tasty, filling, and left us sniffing our runny noses like a good spicy bowl of noodles should.
I would recommend getting take out rather than dining in, but it definitely satisfied the laksa craving.
This was our first time to Laksa King and it was exactly as promised! A hole in the wall with decor that looks like it's left over from the previous tenants; family - run, delicious dishes, inexpensive prices. A great place to get the food you miss from Maylaysia/Singapore.
Roti Canai, small - 1 piece, we shared it. The dipping sauce was okay, my husband liked it. I would have liked the roti to be pulled to be thinner and crispier.
Laksa - a large bowl of flavourful broth, choice of egg noodle or vermicelli. We also shared this and it was delicious. We would order this again for sure.
Eggplant with basil - comes with rice. It's meant for one person but we shared. Good, but not that interesting. We would try something else next time.
Three dishes for two people, tax, tip = $26 (no drinks)
Apparently there is a good Burmese noodle soup dish available only on Sunday (see menu pics). I guess we'll have to come back next time on Sunday!
I've been here around six or seven times and every time I come I try to order something different so I can an idea of the mix of food here. The menu is diverse enough that everybody should be able to find something that they like. Personal recommendations would be the beef rendang, roti caniai, mango salad and Tom yum soup. The prices are very inexpensive for the portions and quality of food you get. The freshness and quality of the vegetables are always apparent.
My only complaint is that consistency seems to be an issue. Although everything I've tried has been excellent at one time we once had the beef rendang to go and found it inedible because of overwhelming amount of (cloves?) in the dish. I've also once ordered the pad thai with a friend and even tho I'd had it before and it was very good the second time the noodles were all stuck together in one big clump.
All in all tho I have to give the restaurant a solid rating for it's diverse and inexpensive menu, friendly service and delicious dishes.
This is a little local neighbourhood gem.
Bo Laksa King is located in Joyce Market. We almost missed it twice looking for it.
Their roti is delicious!! The laksa is very good. The only miss was the chicken satay.
Normally we have our laksa at Next Noodle or Banana Leaf. I'd say for value and taste this laksa was better than either. I'm not malaysian so I can't comment on how authentic it tastes, but it definitely tastes very good! :)
Totally kicking myself that I've only discovered this place now. Lived in Burnaby for 8 years and now I'm moving downtown. :(
Given that it's a convenience store you won't expect it to have great ambiance. The chef came out and greeted us and we had a really good conversation. He (and his wife?) were very nice. They're opening a new location soon and they'll serve Burmese food. Sounds interesting! I've never had it! Looking forward to trying their new place.
I live nearby so after seeing this place stay open for more than a year, I decided to search it up on Dinehere. You would hardly notice it if you just drove by though. It's tucked in a small grocery market and it is not a restaurant at all but rather a small little food stand inside. At first I was skeptical that the city would even allow this place to open as there should probably be some sort of code violation. After reading some favourable reviews though, I decided to give it a try. Of course, I had to try the Laksa as that was in the name of the restaurant. I do admit that the curry soup was not bad. Pretty creamy and tasty. The ingredients (or lack of it) was what disappointed me. After spending $7.50 for a bowl of noodles, I expected to see more than a few tiny pieces of chicken but that's all I got. And there were a few miniature tofu puffs and also a couple of little shrimps. And there was a hard boiled egg in there as well. But for dine in prices, I expected normal sized items in the soup but what I got was a small bowl of noodles with mini ingredients in there. I also ordered a beef wrap for $4.50 and although the picture of it looked large, when I got it, I thought I only got a fraction of the actual thing. It was literally half the length of my hand. And I ordered a small Roti wrap with chicken curry dip for $3.99. The Roti as you can already guess was not just small, It was tiny. And the dip was nothing more than a very watered down curry soup (no chicken inside at all). I was pretty disappointed that I got 3 tiny items that I finished eating them all by myself in less than 5 minutes but it costed close to $20 including tax. For that price, I could have gotten more food of better quality elsewhere.