Bo Laksa King’s
From what I’ve been reading, there’s a Burmese fellow and his wife making some incredible food inside a Filipino grocery store on Joyce Street. Apparently, Bo Laksa King’s makes some amazing laksa and roti canai. After reading posts from the good folk at Chowtimes and 604Foodtography, I got there the first chance I could.
Bo’s occupies a small space at the front of the shop. They’ve only been open for about four months or so. Aside from the menu items shown, they roll out different specials on the weekend. This being my first visit, I had to go for the Laksa.
Laksa comes from the Sanskrit word Lakh which means ten thousand. This refers to the many different ingredients involved in making it. In this case, my bowl consisted of prawns, chunks of curried chicken, fish balls, tofu puffs, jalapeño slices, a hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, lime, red onion, laksa leaf (Vietnamese Coriander) and noodles. You are given a choice of either vermicelli or the thicker, chewier Yellow Wheat Noodles. I went with the wheat noodles.
Because this is take-out, the soup is served separately. This is an amazing, perfectly balanced coconut milk-infused broth. The fresh flavor of the laksa leaf really stands out amongst the myriad of other flavors.
An absolutely delicious bowl of laksa. I would of liked a bit more heat but aside from that minor quibble, this is a damn good bowl.
The Roti Canai is a perfect accompaniment.
The roti was rolled out and grilled before my eyes. The curry chicken dipping sauce contained actual chunks of chicken. This is something I can see myself getting very addicted to.
Bo Laksa King’s is a very pleasant surprise. When I first heard about it I was a bit put off by its odd location. But as soon as I walked in and saw how well-maintained their little corner of the store was, I could sense great eats were afoot.
Rumor has it that they may expand if they can find the right spot. Here’s to hoping!