Bo Laksa King4910 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 4G6
Hours: Sun-Thurs - 10.30am-6pm (lunch), 6pm-12am (dinner); Fri-Sat - 10.30-6pm (lunch), 6pm-2am (dinner)
Pricing: Very decent...go now!
Pros: Fresh, home-made cooking; Great service and cheap pricing especially when ordering their combo meals.
Cons: Cash Only; Hole-in-the-wall with two small tables inside a grocery store; Best to order on the go.
Overall Rating: 10/10
Notes: Cash only; Make sure to order combo meals to avail of the discount.
Situated along the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood just one block NE off the Joyce Skytrain station. You'll find what is the most literal husband and wife hole-in-the-wall eatery with the best prices and best Pan Asian cooking in town.
They've definitely come a long way from their original lunch menus below and have gone into expanding to dinner service which starts at 6pm and last February started offering delivery with posted rates on their website.
Here are their humble signs and kitchen...starting with the left window....
The right window...
And the centre countertop...
Behind the counter is where they prepare your order. Home cooking at it's best. These are the Roti Canai ($5.99 for two large pieces) that were hand kneaded right on the spot to ensure freshness and flakiness.
Over here is the Asian Beef Wrap ($4.50)...
And here's how it looks neatly presented. The wrap itself was warmed, while the inside is eaten cold like fresh spring rolls which is full of vegetables with beef glazed with honey. It was on the sweet side, which I really liked and one which I felt perfectly complemented the spicy dishes that you can pair with.
By the way, if you order their soup and wrap combo then they give you a $2.00 discount. Or if you order any two wraps then you get a $1.50 discount. You can't get any better than these combo-value meal.
And here's how the Roti Canai order is presented. You have two big pieces and a side chicken curry dipping sauce.
I appreciated the flakiness of the roti. You can't get any fresher than this. The next time I come back, I would request them to cut the roti into small pieces so they are ready for dunking.
Oh, and by the way you can also order the roti in a sweet version. They pour condensed milk on it before rolling it up.
The dipping sauce looked quite a lot, but those roti did a good amount of absorption which enabled me to almost gulp it all down. Be warned though that the sauce is on the salty side so wolf it down on the cautious side.
Of course, you can't really come over to Bo Laksa King for the first time without ordering the Laksa. It was tasty. Lots of spices. It was also spicy hot, but at a manageable level. You have your dry ingredients in one bowl and the curry sauce in another. You pour the curry sauce onto the dry ingredients and presto...you have two bowls ready for splitting.
If you're brave enough and you're burning tongue can still take it, feel free to gulp down the curry sauce.
With the overall experience of customer service, food quality and taste, and pricing. You can't get any better than this. Definitely foodietastic!