Having heard all the buzz about Bo Laksa King, I was thrilled that we now lived closer to this hole-in-a-wall place near Joyce Station. We were starving from having been busy unpacking and cleaning all day, and Malaysian food sounded like a great option.
I was mighty impressed with the very comprehensive website this tiny restaurant has – honestly, big places have no excuse if a take-out place run out of a convenience store has a great website with frequent updates and a Facebook page. Good on ya’ Bo Laksa!
I had reviewed the menu before heading over, but was glad that they had a laptop on site to review the online menu (the paper menu wasn’t fully up to date). I ordered a lot of food:
First up, Papaya Salad! Normally I love this dish, finding the slightly crunch green papaya a great contrast to the spicy dressing, fresh cilantro, and pungent dried shrimp. Sadly, I found this version to be imbalanced, with the papaya not being “green” enough and cut into strips that were too big. I had asked for this to be “hot”, and it was, but it just didn’t work for me.
Our other “appetizer” was Roti Canai (large) which everyone’s been raving about. It was freakin’ amazing. I loved the roti itself, crispy and light without being oily. I don’t know if this will make sense to anyone, but it reminded me of the slightly-undercooked centre layers of a vol-au-vent puffed pastry cup. The curry sauce was a bit grainy as the spices kept sinking to the bottom of the otherwise rather oily sauce. I preferred dipping this into the laksa sauce instead!
We also got Thai Basil Chicken Fried rice; the rice was perfectly cooked, with nice long grains of sticky rice, strong basil flavour, a little egg and chicken. I loved this, it had great flavour on its own, but also carried sauces very well.
Drunken Beef was our main course, with a really generous about of beef and big juicy mushrooms, peppers, onions and a sweet soy-based sauce. Warning – a ton of the sauce leaked out of the container when bringing it home – luckily the plastic bag to hold the containers saved the day! This item was delicious – the beef was very tender, and the sauce, as mentioned above, worked really well with the rice.
Finally (I did mention this was a big meal) we ordered the Laksa made with vermicelli. The sauce/broth was very good, given that this was made primarily with coconut milk, you really can’t go wrong. I have to say that this dish was pretty challenging to eat neatly – even after transferring this to two smaller bowls. I enjoyed the variety of ingredients, especially the tofu puff (as they soak up so much flavour). We waited a little too long to eat this, so it did cool down quite a bit – our bad.
We’ll be back for sure… there’s so many interesting things to try.
And – by the way, it is possible to pay with debit to the convenience store cash register, very convenient indeed!