Bo Laksa King’s Bubbles & Bits

I was pretty surprised and excited when my Dad told me that there’s a place called Bo Laksa King which serves traditional Myanmar cuisine here in Vancouver.  Up until quite recently Myanmar has been very closed off to the world and so I didn’t know we had any sort of Burmese community here.  But, Vancouver being the multicultural tapestry that it is, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Wendy and I checked the menu online and it looked fascinating, so we trekked down to Hastings-Sunrise for a lunch date.

Bo Laksa King Bubbles & Bits exterior

Bo Laksa King Bubbles & Bits interior

It’s a pretty unassuming little place, and you might not expect much if you haven’t heard Bo Laksa’s reputation, (it’s won itself a few awards over the past couple of years).  However we learned that Bo no longer owns the place as he’s sold it along with his name.  We think maybe his recipes too…but we haven’t been here while Bo was still here so we had nothing to compare to.  Now this Bo Laksa King is owned by a nice couple with the husband manning the front and the wife cooking in the back.

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鹿園 Deer Garden

I’m back to being addicted to HK-Style Milk Tea.  Lately, I’ve noticed that there really isn’t a restaurant in Richmond that really makes it good anymore.  The only ones that come to mind who makes decent ones are Alleluia, Cattle Cafe, and Joy’s Kitchen in Parker Place.

Actually, I really really like Cattle Cafe.  They’re one of the ones who I think started the trend of “No-MSG Fish Soup Combo Noodle” type meals.  Now Cattle Cafe’s post will be coming soon (I hope).  Today we’re gonna talk about Deer Garden.

Deer Garden

G’s actually the one who introduced me to it.  Now he’s Filipino but he eats out in Richmond more than me (and I live there!).  He highly recommended that I try their version of the Fish Soup Noodle dish.

My parents and I went on a weekday at around 11am or so and that’s probably the best time to go.  Lots of parking still available, and seated right away.  By the time we finished the waiting area was packed.

Having said that, they still stuffed us into the backroom where it was quite hard to flag people down.  But then I thought the young servers did still try their best.  That room was quite stuffy though.

Deer Garden order sheet

I guess it’s kind of convenient that they place these sheets on the table so you can mark down your own choices.  But then when we handed them the sheet they still just wrote down the whole order on the back, so I thought it was more of a waste of time.  It seems to confuse them too.

Deer Garden: ChaoZhao Fish Soup with Minced Pork

I picked their signature soup (the first one on the list) which was something like ChaoZhao Fish Soup w/ Minced Pork.  I also picked handmade squid balls, fresh bean curd, and thick vermicelli.  Also a cold milk tea.

I guess I should’ve read the sheet over clearly, as apparently it already comes w/ bean curd and mushrooms.  So I got lots and lots of bean curd.  They were stingy w/ the squid balls too.  I only got three.

Now for the taste.  The soup was quite salty, so I was suspicious about the no-MSG claim.  The vermicelli was chewy as always.  The squid balls, were quite small and uneventful.  Overall a “meh” experience.

The milk tea, well, I think I’ll stay w/ Cattle Cafe.

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Coco Hut 椰林餐廳

After Ellie shut down, Boyfriend and I have been trying to look for a new yummy laksa restaurant.  We did end up finding a suitable version at Cafe D’Lite.  But one day on our way to Pho Thai Hoa, I caught a glimpse of a restaurant called Coco Hut.  I got really excited as I had a hope that it’s probably the reincarnation of Ellie, so I made a mental note to go there.

So I arranged lunch with F one day and we went there.

Coco Hut Singapore Restaurant Richmond

As I mentioned, it’s located in the same mall as Pho Thai Hoa and Ho Yuen.  It’s a really small restaurant and when we went there, we were the only ones there.  Perhaps we were early since by the time we finished there were 2 more parties in there.

Coco Hut Singapore Restaurant Richmond

Here comes the tricky part.  I ordered the Laksa while F ordered the Curry Noodles.  When it arrived, they looked the same.  I can’t tell you which picture is of which either.

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Cafe D’Lite Express

Last week, the weather in Vancouver became unbearingly hot (to me and Wendy!).  Most homes in Vancouver are not equipped with air conditioners so that makes things worse than other locations elsewhere that receive more annual sunshine.  Fans and A/Cs were being swept off shelves during these times.  I couldn’t even go buy a fan for the office because the A/C *FAILED* when it was needed most.  That leaves many of us Vancouverites heading to the mall to escape from the heat.  This time, Aberdeen Centre saved us from the sunlight onslaught!

Cafe D'Lite Express

We were in the mood for some Laksa and Cafe D’Lite was located right beside the busiest food court outlet in Aberdeen, Wo Fung.  Since I hate lineups, I went to Cafe D’Lite instead.

Cafe D'Lite Express

We observed and liked the fact that Cafe D’Lite places a cover on the dishes ready to be picked up.  It’s a little thing but in my opinion, details go a long way. Furthermore, the lady at the cash was quite pleasant to deal with – in contrast to the folks at Wo Fung whom couldn’t buy a smile even if their lives were at peril.

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ellie Tropical Cuisine 耶里流行餐坊 – CLOSED

Update May 18, 2009: This restaurant has since closed down 😥

OMG.  I’ve found the BEST LAKSA EVER (on this side of the world anyways…).

ellie Tropical Cuisine

I’ve always wanted to go to Ellie to try their paper hotpot.  However now that I’m here, I’ve realized that they’ve increased their pricing and now I find it a bit too expensive…$9 for a single size hotpot, so I opted for something else, and I’m glad I did~

ellie Tropical Cuisine

This restaurant is actually decorated quite nicely.  They have 4 large murals on the walls, and they’re weird, conceptual pictures which I don’t understand.  I felt relatively clean in there, for an Asian restaurant.  Service was prompt and courteous.

ellie Tropical Cuisine: roti and curry dip

We started with the Roti, because Boyfriend loves it.  It was light and fluffy, slightly oily though.  The curry sauce served with it had loads of flavor without being very spicy.  However, I still like the version at Tropika more because there’s a slight sweetness to theirs.  This was $3.50.

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