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Yah I know. I'm a little late to the party. So many bloggers have already had a taste of Bo Laksa King's already. I guess a lil' late is better than never. It's not like I don't drive past the place. In fact, I drive by it all the time. However, it's usually on my way to eating at another destination or it's late at night. And don't even think of me stopping while my son is in the car. He won't eat this stuff! Normally, he'd be annoyed at a speck of pepper in his soup. Let alone all the ingredients in a bowl of laksa! Although I was not hungry at all since I only finished up lunch less than 3 hours prior, I stopped in at the Joyce-Way Food Market for some grub. Wait a minute... What the heck? A food market? Yah, if you haven't heard already, Bo Laksa is located in a small grocery store. It is indeed a small operation that really doesn't look too impressive. For some, this may look way too sketchy; but for me and a whole lot of other people, it doesn't matter. Food comes in all forms, from fine-dining to grocery store dining.
Viv hadn't eaten lunch yet, so I promised to pick her up a few items. I went overboard with the "few items". Looking over the menu, I think I almost covered the spread. I got 2 Roti Canai, 1 Laksa, 3 Chicken Satay, a Lahpet Thoke (Fermented Tea Leaf Salad) and Curry Chicken. While I was waiting, I got a complimentary Burmese Tea. So, other than the wraps, I think that's about it with the menu (excluding delivery items). I took a seat at the only 4 seats that are available. Yah, not a good idea to bring a large group in here. You'd probably end up eating in the aisles right next to some canned meat. The steaming hot tea was quite sweet while at the tail end, there is a litte bit of tea flavour (aromatic and a bit herbal). With my order ready, I got into my car and high-tailed it home (trying not to spill anything). I got home pretty quickly and decided to plate everything. Somehow it just doesn't look as nice in the takeout containers.
As for the Chicken Satay, they were not bad considering the cooking method (an electric griddle). There was nice caramelization in terms of appearance and taste. I wasn't a big fan of the peanut sauce, it was too peanut-buttery for me. The Roti Canai was okay, with flaky layers abound. Viv thought they were a bit too chewy and quite oily. She much prefers the one from Banana Leaf. We both didn't like the curry chicken dipping sauce. It was watery and bland. One dish I was curious about is their Fermented Tea Leaf Salad. Apparently, it is so potent (the amount of tea leaves), that you should not eat it all by yourself. And if you did, eat it with plain rice. Otherwise, you'll make Shaggy look calm. A combination of pickled tea leaves, garlic, broad beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and dried shrimp produced a flavour which is quite unique. It's not in your face strong; but you can taste the tea. Depending on what is on your fork, you can get dried shrimp flavour or just merely tea. But the one thing you'll definitely get is a buzz, which Viv found out a bit later. I found this salad interesting; but nothing I'd rush to eat again personally.
Now for the main event, the Laksa! Unlike other places, I could only get vermicelli or yellow noodles, not a mix. No matter, I picked vermicelli. Despite the fact I'm not expert in Laksa, I found this alright; but nothing incredible. By judging the reaction of many other people, it would imply this was the best Laksa ever. However, I think it has something to do with the type of food, venue and different-ness of it all. Don't get me wrong, I thought the Laksa was decent with a good amount of decent ingredients (egg was woefully overcooked though) and a fragrant broth. I would've liked spicier; but again, I'm sure it's to appeal to the masses. Remember that I mentioned that the curry dipping sauce was bland and watery? Imagine a whole order of it... Well, as you can imagine, the Curry Chicken was not good. Sorely lacking flavour and body, this was merely yellow coloured water. Trust me, I really wanted to like Bo Laksa. After all, the dude is a really nice guy and is making an honest living. How can you not want to support that? However, there was nothing that blew me away here. The food was generally okay except for the curry chicken. I guess I was expecting more. For their larger dishes, it is $2.00+ more than Hawker's Delight. Add to the fact that they don't even have proper kitchen equipment and any seating, it can be seen as a bit expensive. Don't flame me here, I didn't dislike the food, I still think people should try it out and see for themselves. Because we all have our personal preferences.
- Owner/Operator is a really engaging fellow who cares about his business
- Weird location and interesting food phenomena
- Some unique items
- Too much hype?
- Not as cheap as you might think